Song: “Joyride” by Roxette
Reached #1: May 11, 1991 (their fourth, 1 week)
Inspiration for a song can come from just about anywhere. For Per Gessle, the male half of Roxette, “Joyride” started with a note his then-girlfriend left him one morning… “Hello, you fool, I love you”.
Gessle wound up marrying that girlfriend (and she’s not Marie Fredriksson, his partner in Roxette), a marriage that’s lasted 19 years, so clearly he was grateful…
Actually, if all you know about Gessle and Fredriksson is Roxette, you’ve missed half the story – or more.
For the last 25 years, Gessle has successfully juggled Roxette, another band (Gyllene Tider), and a productive solo career. Fredriksson has maintained her solo career throughout the Roxette years – oh, and she also beat brain cancer in 2002 (although it cost her the sight in one eye).
For a while, Gessle even co-owned a computer software enterprise with ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Roxette are still recording, with their most recent album coming earlier this year. A short North American tour is planned for the end of summer 2012.
But enough talk… go hit play on the embedded video and enjoy a few minutes of fun music.
Tomorrow, we go from “Hello, you fool, I love you” to just “Hello”…
Other songs that reached #1 on May 11:
1959 – “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez (his first, 1 week)
1985 – “Crazy For You” by Madonna (her second, 1 week)