A-ha – Norwegian band
A-ha was formed in 1982 in Oslo. The founders were Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, and Paul Waaktaar – Savoy.
Magne and Paul were already working together before Morten joined them. They were planning to move to London and conquer the UK music industry. The musicians invited Harket to go with them. Morten, who was 23 at the time, refused the offer because he was already working with another band. Magne and Paul went without him but came back about 8 months later failing to achieve the dream. However, the young musicians didn’t give up. In 1983, they called Morten again, and this time he agreed to become their lead vocalist.
The name for the group came from one of the early songs written by Paul. Morten was leafing through the old lyrics when the name of one of the songs jumped out at him. Later he said that the song itself was terrible, but the title was great. The trio recorded their first songs at the house of Paul’s parents.