Per Gessle is one of the most successful musicians to ever come out of Sweden, first as a member of the power pop band Gyllene Tider, then as one half of the duo Roxette and later as a solo artist. Born in the seaside town of Halmstad in southwestern Sweden, Gessle was influenced by the new wave movement of the late 1970s. The guitarist and singer/songwriter first formed the Grape Rock before expanding the outfit to become Gyllene Tider in 1978. Gessle had a knack for creating catchy hooks and as the group's main songwriter, Gyllen Tider caught on quickly and was in demand at summer festivals.Gyllene Tider released its self-titled debut in 1980, followed by "Moderna Tider", which sold almost 500,000 copies a year later. The group released two additional albums, but decreased in popularity. In the meantime, Gessle released his first two solo albums, "Per Gessle" in 1983 and "Scener" in 1985 while simultaneously attempting to work on his side project Roxette, attempting several unsuccessful forms until he settled on a duo format with longtime friend and singer Marie Fredriksson in 1986.First releasing the single "Neverending Love", the duo quickly released their debut album "Pearls of Passion", recording material that had been intended for Gessle's third solo album. In 1988, Roxette reached number one on the American singles chart with "The Look", and eventually became Sweden's biggest musical export second only to ABBA, selling 75 million albums worldwide. Their albums "Look Sharp!" and "Joyride" went platinum in a number of countries, keeping them at the height of popularity throughout most of the 1990s. Gessle released his third solo album, his first in English, "The World According to Gessle" in 1997. After Roxette released "Room Service" in 2001, Gessle returned to recording solo work.