Rúnar didn´t know how to play the instrument but Gunni was determined to teach him. They started rehearsing every day, Rúnar had the new Beatles album and they rehearsed six Beatles songs and 74 other rock songs. They decided to call themselves Hljómar (The Sounds). They rehearsed for three months and got their big break when a band from Reykjavík cancelled a gig in the club Krossinn in Keflavík, with a few days notice.
Rúnar turned his side to the audience all night. Most assumed it was due to shyness, but in fact he was watching Gunni who was giving him pointers on how to play the bass. They were extremely well received because of a few coinciding factors: No other band had rehearsed and played the new Beatles songs and they wore real uniforms. Rúnar had bought himself a leather vest with a red back and chrome buttons and he got his mother to sew identical vests for the other band members.
Underneath the vests they wore striped Melka shirts Eddi had bought in London and black leather bow ties. Ultra cool. Their fame travelled with lightning speed across the country and that winter they were the most sought after band to play at school dances in Reykjavík. In the spring they toured the country.
They switched lead singers a few times and got a new drummer, Berti Jensen, who shared lead vocal duties along with Rúnar. In the fall of 1964, the band was one of the first of the young bands in the country to sign a record deal. Bláu augun þín and Fyrsti kossinn were the first of many songs by Gunnar Þórðarson to enchant the entire population. Hljómar were dominant in the Icelandic beat music scene throughout the sixties, putting Keflavík on the music map and even recording in England as Thors Hammer.
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