RIP, Marie Fredriksson (Roxette)

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Swedish power pop duo Roxette was a major force in pop music in the late eighties and into the nineties. Consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, they had a string of hits, including the powerful 'It Must Have Been Love" which came to fame through the soundtrack for the Julia Roberts hit film Pretty Woman.

However, their career was interrupted when Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002. She came back and the band had a second run from 2009 until 2016, when doctors advised her to call it a day and they retired Roxette for good.

Marie died last night at the age of 61, a marvellous voice stilled after 17 year battle with cancer.

The music still goes on...



 

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From the band's revival in 2009-2016 after her first battle with cancer.

 

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One of the first tweets I saw paying tribute to Marie was from Choir! Choir! Choir! They did an excellent cover of "It Must Have Been Love" a few years ago, which I posted in the C!C!C! thread not long after I got into them. It got me back into Roxette and I even drew some inspiration from "Listen to your heart" for a story I wrote around that time.

 

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Been listening to a Roxette greatest hits collection. The one thing I had forgotten is just how much of the singing Per Gessle used to do. The songs that have stuck with me have tended to be ones featuring Marie on vocals, but the other half of the band sang lead or co-lead on a lot of their material like The Look, their first big North American hit. And he also wrote a lot of the songs. Roxette was a true collaboration between the two and that led to some really good material, esp. in their heyday of the eighties and nineties.

 

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Some of the new material from their 2009-2016 revival. The first is from 2011's Charm School. The second is from their final album, Good Karma, released in 2016, the year Marie retired from touring due to her ongoing battle with cancer.


 

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From a charity event in Sweden, First Aid Kit and solo singer Maja Francis pay tribute to Marie with a cover of one of Roxette's biggest hits. Basically, the new generation of Swedish female pop vocalists honouring their fallen predecessor.

 
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