Ted Gärdestad - Satellite (TopPop)

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Ted Gärdestad - Satellite • TopPop

Broadcast date:1/1/1979

Ted Arnbjörn Gärdestad (known internationally as Ted Gardestad, Ted Gaerdestad or Ted; 18 February 1956 – 22 June 1997), was a Swedish singer-songwriter, musician, and actor.

Ted was 15 years old when he and his eight-year-older brother Kenneth Gärdestad decided to contact the record company Polar Music in 1971. Ted was composer and singer, while Kenneth wrote lyrics to Ted's melodies. Their collaboration continued throughout Ted's career. Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, later manager of pop group ABBA, signed him to the label and assigned him to in-house producers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

Stig Anderson still thought Gärdestad had some international potential, and he and his brother Kenneth travelled to Hollywood in late 1977 to record Gärdestad's first English-language album Blue Virgin Isles. The west coast rock orientated album featured contributions from American and English musicians including Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, Jim Keltner, David Hungate, Jay Graydon, Dr. John and John Mayall, many of whom were Gärdestad's personal idols. Blue Virgin Isles was released worldwide in late 1978 on Epic Records, and produced the singles "Take Me Back To Hollywood", an English version of "Chapeau-Clacque", and "Love, You're Making All The Fools".

Despite the expensive production and the big push to launch Gärdestad- including promotional appearances alongside ABBA - his Swedish success did not translate internationally. In Sweden the album peaked at No. 29 and spent one week on the chart. 

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