Ted Gärdestad playing acoustic guitar.

Ted GärDestad

Something of a wunderkind and one of the most melodically gifted songwriters Sweden has ever seen, Ted Gärdestad was only 15 years old when he released his first album on Polar in 1972. This and his following three hit albums were all produced by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The core of Ted’s success,…

After Ted’s 1978 English-language album Blue Virgin Isles, recorded in Los Angeles, he represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest the following year. Just a few years later Ted withdrew from the music business for more than a decade, returning to Polar with the 1994 album Äntligen på väg, his final release before his untimely death in 1997.

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