Forever No. 1: Roxette’s ‘Listen to Your Heart’ … Marie Fredriksson died December 10, 2019 at age 61

If it seems like Roxette‘s debut single “The Look” arrived out of nowhere in the spring of 1989, it’s because it did. Nobody pegged the Swedish duo of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, the latter of whom died this Tuesday (Dec. 10) at 61, as international hitmakers. They had no profile in the States and barely registered in Europe. Back in their homeland, Gessle and Fredriksson had been around the block a few times as members of other bands, and seemed fated to remain a Scandanavian sensation when a series of lucky breaks brought them stardom in America — and, in turn, the world. 

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