Happy Birthday: Marie Fredriksson of Roxette
Today we celebrate the birthday of the member of Roxette who isnât Per Gessle, which immediately narrows the possibilities for the birthday girlâs identity down to a list of precisely one name: Marie Fredriksson. To honor both this lovely woman and her lovely voice, weâve got the official Roxette playlist locked and loaded for your listening enjoyment, but weâve also put together a list of five non-Roxette songs which also feature Ms. Fredriksson.
1. Strul, âKi-I-Ai-Oo / Strul Igenâ (1981): Marieâs gift for singing revealed itself relatively early in her life, and she began to grow increasingly interested in music as she entered her teens, but it wasnât until she was in her late teens that she realized with complete certainty that she was destined to be a performer. After moving to the town of Halmstad, Sweden, Marie joined her boyfriend Stefanâs band, Strul, and was a member when they released this single. It didnât go anywhere, unfortunately, but, hey, everybodyâs got to start somewhere, right?
2. Lasse Lindbom Band, âSÃ¥ NÃ¤ra Nuâ (1982): When Marie met her future Roxette cohort, Per Gessle, he was so struck by her talent that he helped secure her an audition with his producer, Lasse Lindbom, who was just as impressed with her as Per had been. As a result, Lindbom asked her to join his band and made particularly good use of her on a few tracks on their 1982 album, including this duet.
3. Per Gessle, âOm Du Har Lustâ (1983): While still in the band Gyllene Tider, Gessle issued his self-titled debut album, and having already begun to forge a solid chemistry with Marie, he had her come into the studio and contribute vocals to three of the albumâs songs, including this single.
4. Ulf Lindell, âSannaâ (1984): Although heâs a virtual unknown in the US, Lundell is a well-known figure on the Swedish music scene, having been called âSwedenâs Bob Dylanâ when he released his debut LP in 1975. These days he holds an official government title â Minster-Counselor, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva â but in â84 he had enough foresight to feature Marie on a track on his album SWEETHEARTS. Oh, and the title might not be a giveaway if you donât known Swedish, but this song is actually a cover of Bruce Springsteenâs â4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).â
5. Frida Lyngstad & Marie Fredriksson, âAlla Mina BÃ¤sta Arâ (1996): A member of ABBA and a member of Roxette teaming up for a duet? Talk about a piece of Swedish pop that goes down smooooooothâ¦
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