Marie Fredriksson, singer in the Swedish pop duo Roxette who had a string of smash hits including ‘It Must Have Been Love’ – obituary

Marie Fredriksson, who has died aged 61, was the singer and face of Roxette, the Swedish pop duo who achieved huge international success in the late 1980s and early 1990s with singalong hits such as The Look, Listen to Your Heart, and It Must Have Been Love, which featured prominently in the film Pretty Woman.

Roxette, named for a Dr Feelgood song, came together in 1986 when Marie Fredriksson, a spiky-haired blonde, began collaborating regularly with Per Gessle. The two knew each other from having been in earlier bands and had gone on individually to score many hits in the Swedish charts.

But Gessle, who played guitar and synthesizer and would write most of the group’s songs, knew that performing…

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