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GODFATHERS of POP

PER GESSLE

Per Gessle first tasted fame in Swedish boy band Gyllene Tider, but it was when he teamed up with Marie Fredriksson as the duo Roxette that he came to worldwide prominence with The Look in 1989. Other hits followed, including the US chart-toppers Listen To Your Heart, Joyride and It Must Have Been Love, from the soundtrack of the Julia Roberts film Pretty Woman. Per also wrote the Belinda Carlisle hit Always Breaking My Heart. Roxette disbanded in 2002 when Fredriksson suffered a brain tumour, but although they reunited in 2009 and had further chart success, ill health forced Fredriksson to stop touring in 2016. Gessle’s new solo album, Small Town Talk, was recorded in Nashville.

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