Høiland quickly became a popular recording artist, with hits like "Seaman" (1961), "Quando, Quando, Quando" (1962) and with the duets "Midnight Tango" and "White roses from Athens" with Åse Wentzel (1963). In 1963 he sang the winning song "Solhverv" in Norwegian Grand Prix with a small orchestra, and although Anita Thallaug sang in the international final, it was only Jan Høiland who recorded it. He also participated in the Norwegian Grand Prix Final will in 1964, -65, -69 and -71. He started to work in Sweden, and had breakthrough in Swedish with "A Night in Moscow" (1961).
Eventually, he received a larger audience in Sweden than in Norway, and lived six years in Kristinehamn from 1966. 1968 he received his greatest hit with Thore Skogman "Tio tusen röda rosor." At the end of the 60s, he had so many Swedish hits, and appeared so often in Swedish television, that many Norwegians thought he was Swedish. From 1972 to 1983 Høiland was a music producer and released seven LPs and numerous singles, including "A little song for you" (1974) which achieved excellent chart positions. He produced a large number of records for other artist.
In 1977 he won Schlagerfestival in Rostock with Per Gunnar Jensen "Lieber Seeman" ( "Dear sailor"). He has also recorded discs with sister Jorun and kids Brit and Jan Erik. The majority of his recordings has been Norwegian or Swedish versions of international contemporary hits. He lived for many years in Harstad, Norway. He died in May 2017 in Sweden. Read more on Last.fm.
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