As the vocalist for a-ha, Morten Harket was considered just another '80s MTV pretty boy. Born in Kongsberg, Norway, on September 14, 1959, Harket formed a-ha in 1983 with Magne Furuholmen and Paal Waaktaar. When a-ha released the video for "Take On Me" in America in 1985, critics tossed darts at Harket's pin-up looks. However, a-ha's debut album, Hunting High and Low, was much more diverse than "Take On Me" suggested, and Harket spilled his pain with a high-pitched falsetto over a bed of acoustic guitars and electronics long before Thom Yorke of Radiohead reaped awards and platinum albums for doing it. In addition to his work with a-ha, Harket has recorded three solo albums, Poetenes Evangelium, Wild Seed, and Vogts Villa. ~ Michael Sutton
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