1973-75 Dan Hylander returns to his native Sweden after a year of backpacking on the hippie trail. Mainly in India.
He studies literature for a year at the University of Lund but simultaneously starts a semi acoustic band called
“Ray Montana and his Moonlight Boys”. They make a few appearances on national radio but quietly disbands.
1976. The band evolves to an electric Rock band mixing influences from British invasion pop, Laurel Canyon singer/
songwriters, Little Feat and Weather Report. An odd mix that will signify the band throughout the years and
lineup changes. They shorten and swedify the name to Raj Montana Band.
1978. The first album is released to good reviews and modest sales. The band members are ever changing….
1979. Dan records his second album still based in his native Malmö. He makes the crucial decision to do the overdubs
and mix in Stockholm where he meets singer/songwriter Py Bäckman during the backup vocals sessions.
1980. The second album “Döende oskuld” is released to rave reviews and better sales.
Dan and Py, now partners both privately and professionally, form the first Stockholm based version of Raj Montana
Band and starts touring extensively under the name Py Bäckman, Dan Hylander and Raj Montana Band.
Dan and Py tour together but make separate albums although Dan produces Py’s second and third album and
writes the Swedish lyrics for her third.
1981. Dan releases his third album “September” featuring all but one of the members that will be regarded as the
“classic” members of RMB. It’s a major breakthrough reaching Top Ten in the sales chart and contains his first
two hit singles. It later becomes his earliest recorded Gold album.
1982. The already crazy tour schedule escalates. In the middle of the year Dan decides to ditch the old songs and
replace them with new, unrecorded ones. A bold move that leads up to the recording of his fourth album,
“Bella Notte”. A live album of new songs. It becomes a smash hit, reaches Top Three and sells Gold whithin a
week. The line up is now complete.
1983. RMB and Dan are now Sweden’s most popular live act. This year they do three major Scandinavian tours to sold
out venues. Between gigs they go to Copenhagen to record their fifth album “Calypso”, by many considered their
finest 45 minutes. During the summer tour they do a sensational gig at the main stage of the Roskilde festival.
Playing in the early evening the crowd refuses to let them leave the stage and they’re finally allowed to be the
only band that year to do an encore. “Calypso” becomes their biggest seller so far and stops just 4-5000 below
the Platinum amount. Dan&Py&RMB are rewarded with “Rockbjörnen” (a prize from Swedens biggest newspaper
decided by popular vote) as Swedens best band.
On the other hand all the touring and recording has taken it’s toll. In the late autumn they
decide to make 1984 their final year as a unit.
1984. Arena time. RMB is now the biggest grossing band in Swedish rock history. They do a summer and an autumn tour
amounting to 60-70 gigs and averages crowds of 6-7000 people. Something never done by a domestic Swedish
band before…or since…as far as I know.
Dan’s album “…om änglar och sjakaler” rapidly sells Platinum and fights with Stevie Wonder for the top spot on
the album chart all summer. Dan receives another “Rockbjörn”. This year as Sweden’s best male artist.
The album also spawn his two biggest single hits, “Svart kaffe” and “Skuggor i skymningen”. The latter also
becomes a surprise dance hit in an extended 12" version.
1985. Now disbanded RMB decides to briefly reunite for an all star, fundraising gala for Nelson Mandela and the ANC.
They also release a double live album from their last five shows in Stockholm. It sells Gold without any live support.
Swedish TV recorded and aired both events.
After the band disbanded the members went their different ways. All of the musicians were high in demand session players
and tour and make albums with some of Sweden’s biggest artists still today. In 1986 Pelle and Clarence join the then new constellation “Roxette”. They remained with them until they stopped touring 2017.
Dan made five more solo albums, most of them successful, even if not at the same level as 83-84. Those albums were more
influenced by the likes of Steely Dan, Prince and Frank Zappa.
In 1994 he became a full time songwriter/producer for Swedish harsh throat vocalist Totta Näslund. They made four highly
successful albums together which earned Dan another couple of Gold and Platinum records. After that he wrote songs for
and produced some of Sweden’s major stars including Tomas Ledin and Sven-Ingvars. He also worked for a while as a freelance A&R for Universal and then as a Label Manager for EMI. Luckily he got lost in the shuffle when EMI merged with
Virgin. In 2007 Dan moved with his family to Riberalta, the capital of the Bolivian Amazonas. For nine years he commuted between gigs in Sweden and writing songs and prose in the jungle. In 2009 he made a new album,“Den försenade mannen” which surprisingly entered the album chart at number four. That album was followed up by a double live CD/DVD.
In 2016 he finally (?) moved back to Stockholm and immediately released “Kan själv”, an album with his own versions of songs he’d written for others. The album went Top 20. In the summer of 2017 Ola and David from RMB had joined Dan’s new band for a summer tour. For the last gig, in their old stronghold Malmö, the drummer and one of the keyboardists were unavailable. Just by chance Pelle and Hasse joined instead. The succes was immense and there and then they decided to reform the old band completely. Dan Hylander & Raj Montana Band were back! The rest is future…