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Per Gessle

As one half of the duo Roxette, Per Gessle became one of the most successful Swedish artists ever. Gessle not only has a gift for catchy hooks, but he has also worked diligently to succeed worldwide throughout his entire career. When the power pop band Gyllene Tider failed to do so -- but still became one of the best-selling bands in Sweden -- he disbanded the group and tried a solo career, until finally settling on the duo format in Roxette, together with Marie Fredriksson.

Gessle was born in the seaside town of Halmstad in southwestern Sweden. Inspired by the new wave movement, he had a brief run in the duo Grape Rock in the late '70s before forming Gyllene Tider in 1978. Within a few years, their extremely catchy hooks had Sweden entranced, and they created chaos on their summer tours, while their second album, Moderna Tider, sold close to half-a-million copies. In 1983, while most of the bandmembers were doing their military service, Gessle released his self-titled solo debut. In 1984, the band reunited and tried for the North American market, touring under the name Roxette (a different Roxette than the duo he later formed), but remained relatively unnoticed. Discouraged by the failure, Gessle released another solo album, Scener, while forming the final configuration of Roxette as a side project.

In 1986, Roxette's debut album, Pearls of Passion, was released. By 1988, the duo of Gessle and Marie Fredriksson had become one of Sweden's most popular, and in another year, they reached number one on the American charts for the first time with "The Look." During the entirety of the '90s, Roxette was tremendously successful on a global scale, selling tens of millions of records and reaching the top of the charts in nearly a dozen countries. They ultimately became one of Sweden’s biggest musical exports -- second only to ABBA -- by selling over 75-million records worldwide.

In 1996 -- coinciding with Frederiksson taking time off from Roxette to raise a family -- Gyllene Tider reunited for a summer tour, and released an EP with newly written songs. Their re-released compilation, Halmstads Pärlor, became the highest-selling record in Sweden during both 1995 and 1996. The following year, Gessle released his third solo album. The World According to Gessle was his first one in English, and the sessions saw him backed by members of Gyllene Tider and Brainpool. Gessle's next solo offering, 2003's Mazarin, went multi-platinum (five times) in Sweden. That success was followed up with a Roxette reunion album and a wildly popular reunion tour. The year 2005 saw another solo release, Son of a Plumber -- Gessle's second English-language solo offering but the first one to go platinum on the day it was issued. The Swedish-language follow-up, En Händig Man, was issued in 2007 (going triple platinum) and was followed in 2008 by a third English-language solo album, Party Crasher. The live album Gessle Over Europe followed one year later. ~ Lars Lovén, J. Scott McClintock & James Wilkinson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Small Apartments

1. Franklin's Intro (Instrumental)

2. I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) (Instrumental)

3. Drizzle #1 (Instrumental)

4. Shopping With Mother (Instrumental)

5. Franklin's Theme #1 (Instrumental)

6. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

7. Burned Out Heart (Instrumental)

8. Are You An Old Hippie, Sir? (Instrumental)

9. Making Love Or Expecting Rain #1 (Instrumental)

10. Waltz For Woody (Instrumental)

11. Drizzle #2 (Instrumental)

12. C'mon

13. Warm. Again. (Varmt Igen) (Instrumental)

14. Drizzle #3 (Instrumental)

15. Drizzle #4 (Instrumental)

16. Week With Four Thursdays (Instrumental)

17. Dixy (Instrumental)

18. Making Love Or Expecting Rain #2 (Instrumental)

19. Double-Headed Elvis (Instrumental)

20. Franklin's Main Theme (Instrumental)

21. I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends)

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Track List: Silly Really (Right Into Your Bed Remix)

1. Silly Really (Right Into Your Bed Remix)

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Track List: Silly Really

1. Silly Really

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Track List: Pratar Med Min Müsli (Hur Det Än Verkar) (Single)

1. Pratar Med Min Müsli (Hur Det Än Verkar) (Edit)

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Track List: En Händig Man [Deluxe Edition] (Deluxe Edition)

1. En Händig Man

2. Pratar Med Min Müsli (Hur Det Än Verkar)

3. Jag Skulle Vilja Tänka En Underbar Tanke

4. Fru Nordin

5. Dixy

6. När Karolina Kom

7. Hannas Kärlekspil

8. Om Du Kommer Ihåg

9. Om Jag Vetat Då (Vad Jag Vet Nu)

10. TomTom

11. Våldsamt Stillsamt

12. Trött

13. Samma Gamla Vanliga Visa

14. Min Hälsning

15. Hon Vill Sväva Över Ängarna

16. Signal

17. Solen Kom Från Ingenstans

18. Du Kommer Så Nära (Du Blir Alldeles Suddig) (Demo 16 Juni 2006)

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Track List: Scener

1. Galning

2. Rickie Lee

3. Lycklig En Stund

4. Väntat Så Länge

5. Inte Tillsammans, Inte Isär

6. Viskar

7. Blå December

8. Den Tunna Linjen

9. Kapten

10. Speedo

11. Scen

12. Om Jag En Dag

13. Tänd Ett Ljus

14. Ute På Landet

15. Mandolindagar

16. Farväl Angelina (Farewell Angelina)

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Track List: Mazarin

1. Vilket Håll Du Än Går

2. Om Du Bara Vill

3. På Promenad Genom Stan

4. Smakar På Ett Regn

5. Gungar

6. Födelsedag

7. Sakta Mina Steg

8. Tycker Om När Du Tar På Mig

9. Spegelboll

10. För Bra För Att Vara Sant

11. Här Kommer Alla Känslorna (På En Och Samma Gång)

12. Jag Tror Du Bär På En Stor Hemlighet

13. Varmt Igen

14. Mazarin

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Track List: Hjärtats Trakt

1. På Väg

2. Hjärtats Trakt

3. Rickie Lee

4. Inte Tillsammans, Inte Isär

5. Indiansommar

6. Blå December

7. Den Tunna Linjen

8. Timmar Av Iver

9. Tända En Sticka Till

10. Ros

11. När Morgonen Kommer

12. Speedo

13. Om Jag En Dag

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Track List: The World According To Gessle

1. Stupid

2. Do You Wanna Be My Baby?

3. Saturday

4. Kix

5. I Want You To Know

6. Reporter

7. B-Any-1-U-Wanna-B

8. Wish You The Best

9. Elvis In Germany

10. T-T-T-Take It!

11. I'll Be Alright

12. There Is My Baby

13. Lay Down Your Arms

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