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- Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Little Joe
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'Little Joe' drew thousands to each show. Attendance at his show in Malmo drew 30,000 whereas Frank Sinatra only drew 6000. Total attendance for the tour was more than 100,000.
The show also included popular singers Ray Adams and Lill Babs.
Their staged repertoire included mock fistfights, a sword fight. Mike sang 4 songs and told jokes about 'Hoss'
Malmo Folkets Park
During one of those fights Mike either broke a bone in his right hand or a dueling sequence became too realistic and he was skewered just below his wrist.
Thousands mobbed Mike, so much so that he and Bob had to travel town to town by ambulance or hearse.
Michael arriving at Gamlebys People's Park in a hearse
In the evening teen girls tried to barge into Mike's hotel room.
Perhaps this is why Mike looks so tired and haggard in the photo, below. It was also at this time there were complications in Mike's personal life. He had separated from Dodie 4 months previously.
However, Mike recovered enough to go on a picnic with Swedish singer/actress Lill-Babs [Svensson], who appeared with him in the July 23rd show.
In her book Barbro, published October 2013, she said that she and Michael had a “love affair”, a “short romance”.
Lill-Babs is now 75.
Mike was dazzling on stage with the fans
Dazzling with women at restaurants. [Bob looks a bit bored.]
Meeting a Swedish soldier.
Mike was on the cover of Swedish magazines, including the first issue of Star magazine and a book.
On August 14, 1962 his record Gimme a Little Kiss / Be Patient with Me was #1 on the Swedish charts. [swedishcharts.com]
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