The Look – Roxette

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on April 8th of 1989 the Swedish band Roxette  reaches #1 on Billboard with the “The Look”. This was originally a hit in Roxette’s native Sweden and became an international hit when an American exchange student returned from Sweden and urged the Minneapolis radio station KDWB to play the song. Even though it hadn’t yet been released in the United States the song spread on cassette copies to other American radio stations. Eventually it became a #1 in Australia and Japan as well as the United States. Roxette is a pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Look Sharp! Before coming together to form the duo, Fredriksson and Gessle were already established artists in Sweden, with Fredriksson releasing a number of solo albums and Gessle being the lead singer and songwriter of Gyllene Tider, which had three No. 1 albums. On the advice of the managing director of their record label, they came together to record “Neverending Love,” which became a hit single in Sweden. Written by Per Gessle “The Look” was released in early 1989 as the fourth single from their second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). It became an international hit, and was one of the most successful singles of 1989. It topped the charts in 25 countries and was the first of their four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100. Their other singles to reach #1 on Billboard were “Listen to Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love” and “Joyride”. Roxette is the second most commercially successful band from Sweden, after ABBA. They have sold an estimated 60 million records, with over 3.5 million record sales in the United States.  “The Look” reached #7 in the UK.