Roxette’s Per Gessle turns 61 today

The Swedish band had an impressive string of hit songs during the late 80’s and early 90’s

Roxette’s Per Gessle turns 61 today



Per Gessle was born on February 12, 1959 in Halmstad, Sweden. He formed Roxette with Marie Fredriksson in 1986, the duo went on to achieve four U.S. #1’s and two #2’s, with their albums “Look Sharp!” and “Joyride” attaining platinum status in a number of countries of countries around the world. They had an impressive string of hit songs such as “The Look”, “Dressed for Success”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love”, “Joyride”, “Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)”, “Spending My Time”, “How Do You Do!”, “Sleeping in My Car” and “Crash! Boom! Bang!”. After Roxette released “Have a Nice Day” in 1999 and Room Service in 2001 to moderate success, Per, who had already started his solo career continued with it as Roxette were coming to an undefined break. Following Fredriksson’s guest appearance in Amsterdam, Roxette started to perform live again. Initially this was during the Night of the Proms concert series in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany in 2009, later followed by extensive concert tours in 2010, 2011 and 2012, performing over 100 shows on all 6 continents. Currently, Per performs as a solo artist that leads a successful career on his native Sweden and it’s unlikely he’ll tour again since Marie Fredriksson’s passed away in 2019. Today Per turns 61.



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