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Rudi London was born upstairs at his parent’s home in the city of Nedstrand, on the southern west coast of Norway at 12:37 a.m., July 7, in the year of Rudolph. His father, Far, had called in the mid-wife and his mother, Mor, gave birth. The birthing process went flawlessly up to a certain point. This is discussed in London’s book, 3 Angels (July 2010).
Young Rudi immediately joined The Authorized Band, the world's oldest rock & roll band, and learned to sing before he could talk and he learned to read before he learned how to write. Mor practiced choir singing with him during the daytime and Far listened patiently to his son’s favorite reading of Donald Duck cartoons in the evening.
After listening to several revving “Fire Engine” tunes on Rudi’s first harmonica, his father got a brilliant idea. An accordion would be less noisy, wouldn’t it? Visiting relatives and neighbors would kindly ask young Rudi to play them a familiar tune on his new accordion. Go ahead, son, his father had always gestured. Nine year old composer London would then sit down on his chair, placing the oversized instrument on his lap, and let the music fill the room. The visitors, however, soon left the house in tears. They claimed Rudi London was like a re-birth of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky…? Problem was, Stravinsky wasn’t dead yet. Far later restored his relationship with the visitors by selling the accordion.
Next opportunity of musical development came when the Nedstrand School Band offered a drummer opening. Rudi bussed to the big city of Haugesund to impress the skilled Pall-Mall-smoking Wrigley-Gum-chewing band teacher. This time it was little Rudi’s turn to leave in tears. Pall-Mall-Wrigley-Breath had brutally declared that this was the worst drumming he’d ever heard in his whole life and predicted eternal band drumming failure for the loser.
Later, the school band teacher had a dream of some sort and came to offer Rudi a position, playing the tenor horn. Promotion to kornett (smaller trumpet) followed suit. Then Mr. London started high school in the city of Bryne.
High school life meant “growed-up” style living and playing horn was not correct styling according to Rudi. In the fall of ’65 he joined a rock & roll band called, The Honeymoons. They had a singer, a bass guitar player, one lead and one rhythm guitar player, but no drummer…? Who would better qualify than teen London? He was born for the beat. Right? Everybody loved it when The Honeymoons played… with only one exception: the audience. With professional counsel and secret meetings behind closed doors the band eventually decided to let the lead singer go. And a name changed pumped up the audience well enough to give the band a second listen.
Lambeth Walkers became the new talk of the town. The bass player was the only one not singing now and the band with the new name became popular. They were the first real Beatles type rock & roll band to perform at the Saturday night dance facility in Nedstrand. Lambeth Walkers toured the islands and small towns of Rogaland Fylke all the way down to Egersund. On one occasion, the band recorded a tape backing a hopeful singer to pitch her talent to Arne Bendiksen, the major record producer and label owner of Norway.
He’d listened to the tape and sent her a nice letter of the please-don’t-call-us – we’ll-call-you kind. Additionally, Mr. Bendiksen wrote a few encouraging words about the band and the drummer’s exceptional steady rhythm skills. Rudi immediately did a mind-voodoo to a certain Pall-Mall-Wrigley-Gum chewer still living in Haugesund.
Lambeth Walkers made impact and started doing concerts with the big boys at Bryne Filmteater. Nurk Twins from Stavanger/Sandnes and The Vanguards of Oslo later joined them. Back then you didn’t hear much of the music played on stage since all the girls screamed louder than the PA systems were able to keep up with. Rudi’s biggest moment came when the lead vocalist of famous Nurk Twins told drummer London that his singing would take him places. Summer of 67 came and Rudi entertained with guitar playing lead vocal. Now, he was much closer to the girls. Later that fall Lambeth Walkers became Needs Must and their music turned more toward blues and jazz. Instead of playing the “Fire Engine” on his harmonica, Rudi now got on with the blues. In the end of spring, ‘68 Needs Must went history. Schooling was over.
During the following summer, Rudi London got busy building houses for Block Watne Hus in the Stavanger/Sandnes. Luckily, Al Gore had invented the Internet prior to the cold weather setting in. Who wants to build houses in the snow? Rudi started his computer career in January 1969 at Forsvarets (Norwegian Military/NATO) Datasentral, Oslo. Working on IBM 360 mainframes, Mr. London sent his first email from Oslo to Bergen in November that same year. In early 1970 Rudi told an IBM tech guy that one day we would have music and books and pictures and all sitting on a little black box the size of a cigarette lighter. The IBM’er laughed himself silly. Never heard anything that stupid.
Tandberg’s 64X (4-track) tape recorder became Rudi’s best new friend and he recorded himself playing all instruments on his very first song, Stumblin’ ‘Round—available on the web if you have the courage.
July 1970, Mr. Rudi London joined the Norwegian Air Force to fly fighter jets. During initial checkup, the doc asked him kindly to put his glasses on… and pilot-hopeful London suddenly became b-airman Rudi. The pilot-no-longer-to-be was reduced to guarding his king and miscellaneous other duties at the Norwegian Pentagon. Performed secret missions for his colonel and operated one time as captain for a two-week period. Captain London even did services inside the big operations room—you know the one where they follow all enemy activity on that big map and look important at it.
Eventually, Rudi convinced his colonel to let him go back to the IBM 360 for the remaining draft period. Next, the private computer industry came calling to offer Mr. London good reasons to grow his capital. First at Rogalandsdata A/S in Stavanger out west again, and next year to Trondheim Datasenter A/S up north.
Up there in Trondheim, his boss thought young London needed more knowledge and sent him to evenings classes at Bedriftsøkonomisk Institutt to study college importance. Rudi learned nifty skills and started messing with his company’s new IBM 370 mainframe system. Soon he’d found a clever way to bypass the system’s operating step initiation procedures. As result, production throughput on some jobs increased with up to 70%. IBM had no choice but to put Mr. London on their bad list. All this tinkering eventually got to Rudi’s head and he needed fresh air. Wrote about his many wild and crazy system ideas in a book, spoke of his crimes as “IBM hacker” at the University of Oslo. Subsequently, Rudi London received his Skuildus Kalenstranda Esoterisium Philossomato Deuseexes from The S.K.E. Institute and then decided to travel to Seattle, Washington, in July 1976 to see what was up with the U.S.A. The people were friendly and got him inspired to return to Norway pursuing emotional Rock & Roll. That same fall he was asked to lead sing with a band called Viscount. This developed into Njaal Band… but success wasn’t meant to be. Maybe the name did them in? That’s when Moscus came along and saved Rudi’s soul. They could really play and later recorded London’d tunes, Kommer Du (available on the web) and America—very first try at Happy Birthday America. These and other songs landed him a deal with Talent Produksjon A/S in Oslo, Norway. Abba’s producer, Stikkan Anderson, had heard Rudi’s demo tape and that was that. Several band players from The Vanguards, Aunt Mary, and Popol Ace became involved with London’s new music. First single, The Best Kisser, came out in November 1978 and took to the German air waves in late December.
1979 was Rudi’s busiest year yet. The Nottingham Forest songs came out in early fall followed by the album. Rosy, from Århus, Denmark, became the concert band. The songs Hyper People and Nottingham Forest is my Rock & Roll climbed the various European radio charts. Music from the album has been covered by many other artists and also translated in different languages/countries all over the world. Rudi London was featured on BBC TV and German radio as well in Norway and USA.
1980 came with more songs and now Mr. London also started writing articles and short stories for different Norwegian magazines. Some of the stories were then later released in Best-of-the-year collections in book form. Hyper People received an award at The American Song Festival in Los Angeles. Arne Bendiksen purchased Talent Produksjon A/S but could not remember his letter to a certain drummer? Rudi moved to USA.
The Home for Sale received an award in The Music City Song Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1981. Rudi finally settled down to raise his four girls. Being a parent is a costly affair and London went back to his old computer systems roots. After a short stint in Grand Junction and Denver, Colorado; Pleasant View, TN, became his new home town. Next, Rudi started flying across the land with the Service Merchandise CEO’s on his Israeli Jet machine to see how many warehouse distribution systems he could mess up. The fearless leader of once told London, ‘If you don’t agree with me, there’s the door….’ They were only 32,000 feet above ground. Rudi thought the CEO had a MARVELOUS idea J
Ideas come and go and on April 24, 1987 Rudi went freelance photography. His writing continued and many of his songs were recorded by artists troughout the world. Grandpa Jones, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Skeeter Davis, Conway Twitty, Bill Anderson, The Statler Brothers, Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell, Lillian Askeland, Teddy Nelson, Bjøro Håland, and Arne Benoni had one thing in common, London took their picture. Do you want to buy a famous camera?
In 1999 Rudi had a brilliant idea, but he was too shy to mention it to his word processor. 2007 became the year of courage and a book started to form. The Operator Is Calling developed and London’s first fiction was born.
Rudi London received his Skuildus Kalenstranda Esoterisium Philossomato Deuseexes from The S.K.E. Institute—founded in 1357 by Primitus Regius Ned Henry MacStrand from Scone, near Perth, Scotland. Sk. London has received lyrical awards from The American Song Festival, Los Angeles, Music City Song Festival, Nashville, among others. His poetical works have been featured in books, newspapers, magazines, on radio and TV networks including popular music charts and talk shows, translated into four different languages with marketing and distribution to numerous countries in both Europe and The Americas. The S.K.E. Institute introduced London to The Magnificence of The Word. The underlying principles establishing the true relationship between language practice and actual physical behavior was the primum mobile of London’s novel debut. At first look, one might think that this thriller is just another engaging story utilizing creative language, fun and different approaches, fresh surprises, sometimes cozy and cute, other times very serious. Then, read the book a second time and you start to discover the depth of S.K.E.. Challenge yourself and read it a third time. Now, the true essence of The Spirit of The Gift to Solomon will surface and your life is changed forever. True Skuildus Kalenstranda takes place between the lines. Esoterisium Philossomato Deuseexes is discussed in Chapter 14. With, The Operator Is Calling, Rudi London introduced us to his very first fiction.
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