In 1963, two friends from the military service, Lennart Hegland and Christer Petterson
formed what later would become the Swedish popgroup "The Hep Stars". At the same time,
the organist Hans Östlund joined the band and later also the guitarist and singer Janne
Frisk. At this time, they called the band "Quartet Yep" and played mainly decent restaurant
music. After Janne joined, rock'n roll slowly grew in the band's repertoire, and it didn't
take long before they realized that "Quartet Yep" had to be replaced. Janne came with the
idea "The Hep Stars" which was rapidly accepted by the other band members. The name change
also pointed on the band's new musical approach, from mediocre folk dance to refined rock.
During the preparations for a gig at Rörstands youth recreation centre, Janne was absent for
side job, a tour in Norrland together with accordion player Erik Frank. Svenne Hedlund, singer
in Clifftones, was requested to reinforce the band and sing a few songs. He accepted and his
presence in the band whet the appetite. Lennart soon realized that The Hep Stars would benefit
from having Svenne with the band, in addition to their lead vocalist Janne, and soon Svenne left
the band Clifftones to become a permanent member of growing The Hep Stars.
After pressure from Lennart, Åke Gerhard, a music producer, songwriter and owner of the label
Olga, became the manager of the band. An experienced and stable man from the north of Sweden
with valueable contacts in the branch would, with some hestitation, release the Hep Stars as
a rock group and finance their first record, Kana Kapila. The single, with a terrible cover showing
Svenne in a cannibal pot, didn't succeed. The only appearence received was a small press item in
the Swedish paper Bildjournalen.
Hans Östlund left the band in 1964 and was replaced by Benny Andersson, organist from
"Elverkets Spelmanslag". The Hep Stars was now complete and had finally received enough attention to be able
to work as musicians full-time. Their energic pop music would eventually become a remarkable
success within the youth generation.