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January 1959
Per-Håkan Gessle is born 12/1

February 1959
Mats Arne Persson is born 26/2

March 1961
Micke Andersson is born 12/3

September 1961
Anders Herrlin is born 17/9

April 1962
Göran Fritzon is born 28/4

March 1967
Per leads his first pop band at Furet, Pepcis who mimes to Animals and Tages. Sticks and things from the kitchen become instruments.

August 1969
MP begins to play Trumpet and joins the Youth-gang.

During 1972
Per writes his first lyric and colours his hair like his idol David Bowie from Ziggy Stardust. Göran follows a class mate and starts to take organ-lectures at Hagströms music school. Some years later he also takes lectures in classical guitar from Bert Möller who then tips him off about Ander's and Micke's band.

Autumn 1975
Anders and Micke start to take drumming lessons from Bert Möller.

During 1975
MP starts to play drums.

February 1976
MP starts to play guitar. Right handed in spite of him being left-handed, something his grandma has taught him.

April 1976
Per buys an acoustic guitar and Tandbergs tape recorder.

September 1976
Peter Nilsson introduces his class mate Per to MP from his band Audiovisuellt Angrepp. Everyone goes at Kattegattskolan. Per and Pedda in a society course, and MP spends four years in technical study.

Autumn 1976
Micke and Anders form the band Dad´s Army with Martin Ovik.

February 1977
Per and MP form the duo Grape Rock on the 19th February.

Spring 1977
Dad´s Army change name to Yggdrasil, and is extended with Göran Fritzon on a red un-tuned Panther-organ and plays rock with society critic lyrics as "Skolan, skolan" and "Under diskbänken". Written by Martin Ovik's mum!

July 1977
Micke "Keef" Andersson from Yggdrasil, drums and his friend Janne Carlsson, bass (left-handed like Paul McCartney smiles Per) joins and Grape Rock becomes Gyllene Tider after an instrumental song.

Martin Brandqvist, son to the choir leader in Harplinge church, replaces Micke and Yggdrasil change name to Tellus Anima where Fritte buys a Farfisa-organ.

August 1977
Per, MP, Janne and friend Micke Halling get caught in the Customs in Helsingborg for smuggling instruments and amplifiers. The equipment is taken but after huge fines and a letter of regret signed by Gessle it is returned. And Per gets his wine-red Gibson Les Paul Custom 1970 which Jimmy Page used in Led Zeppelin and MP gets his Fender, exactly like Francis Rossi in Status Quo.

April 1978
"Svensk rock mot Gyllene Tider?" (Swedish rock against Gyllene Tider?). A notice in Expressen by Mats Olsson the 28th April. The day before Pers father passes away with cancer.

May 1978
Live-debut at Bio Reflex in Getinge the 12th may. Friends and 50 more come. The twelve minutes long "Syndafloden", "Ernst e full", "Tre sekunder" and "Billy" is in the reportoir.

July 1978
First article in HP the 8th July. Per and MP stay up all night in Simlångsdalen and await for the paperboy.

August 1978
The recording of the Yellow EP in Studio CMP at Kärleken is started with Per's friend from the time as weighting common mushrooms house at Fammarp, Peppi Andreasson. Interruptions in the work caused by thunder and goats which were heard in the microphone. "M" is strengthen by a girl-choir, the sisters Kempff in Matchsticks - later known as Chattanooga.

And "När alla vännerna har gått hem" was recorded in the studio nearby, Studio 38 in Getinge, since the piano don’t fit in the former garage.

September 1978
Wimbledon, World championship in cycling, Davis Cup and a lost(!) tape - finally "Bandet går vidare" with a half hour Gyllene Tider
interview goes out on the radio. With Jacob Dahlin as the presenter.

October 1978
Per gets his first STIM-money, 117 SKr. Tellus Anima shivers and Fritte and Anders lose contact temporally.

November 1978
The EP is finally out after printing and distribution problems. The city is upholsted with pink A4-posters with the text "Gyllene Tider har inte SEX utan fem låtar på sin nya EP. Köp den". (Gyllene Tider has not SIX but five songs on their new EP. Buy it) With SIX in giant letters.

December 1978
The Christmas concerts in Getinge and Halmstad with the first concert posters and a hand written twelve page programme by Per, "Souvenir Programme" for five SKr with everything about members, songs and an offer to join Gyllene Tider Fan Club Dept. Europe. Membership 500 SKr. and 2000 for jazz-freaks. At the concert in Getinge on the 21st, Andy Fretless shows up on the scene with "Hjärtekrossaren" (after Tom Petty's Heartbreakers) with Anders and Göran. MP and Micke three days later decide to follow and the name Gyllene Tider kept and the group takes over Tellus Animas' rehersal place in Harplinge school.

February 1979
Kjell Andersson from EMI calls and says that he likes "Billy" and wants more material. Lasse Lindbom, who produce another band from Halmstad, Sydkraft go to listen.

May 1979
Per sends ten songs plus a little more, which don’t have to count.

"Flickorna på TV2" is it selected.

July 1979
Gessle changes hair colour from dark black to blonde.

August 1979
The LP recording begins at EMI Studio 2 in Stockholm. "När ni faller, faller ni hårt" is first ready. Before their departure, Tiderna played a free concert at Bastionen. Almost 1500 people come!

December 1979
G.T. plays for the first time outside the community after a rehersal in Åleds militarty building. Village in Stockholm is the place where a cassette with "Flickorna…" has become a cult. The day before it is released party was held for "Glitter, glögg & rock'n roll", it was where "24 December" becames Gyllene Tider's first song under the label of Parlophone.

January 1980
"Flickorna på TV2" which first was the b-side to "Himmel no 7" becomes a huge success. There is a TV-debut in Måndagsbörsaen and a second place in Poporama seeeing Per sent up a postcard that had been left over at Pyramiden and then together with the band and friends writes in and votes. The scam is revieled but gives good publicity.

February 1980
The first LP, first pressed in yellow vinyl, is released. Before then has Per and Mats as Peter Pop & the Helicopters released "After school" like an answer to Factory's "Efter plugget". Secrecy was the thought before a writer, by mistake, slips his pen.

March 1980
Gessle/Persson debuts as composers to qualify in the Eurovision song contest with "För dina bruna ögons skull" performed by Lasse Lindbom. It ends up coming last while Tomas Ledins "Just nu" wins.

April 1980
Per sends a English version of "Ska vi älska så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly" to Paul McCartney who has the rights to Buddy's songs. But an answer never arrives.

July 1980
Gold records for both the LP (50 000) and the single (25 000). The group has chosen "Lilla Showringen" as the booking company before EMA Telstar. They were employed when the money start to roll in and are now the responsibility of the economy of Janne Beime since he came into the picture.

December 1980
The new single "När vi två blir en" sells in excess of 100 000, and is number 1 for 16 weeks and pulls the first record back to the first place again.

March 1981
"Moderna Tider" which first was called "Självutlösning" (therefore the cover with the camera) is released. Soon the LP will become the group's best selling album ever, (390 000).

April 1981
Pop-hysteria rules. And the public records is long gone. But on Walpurgis three kids were trampled to death in connection with the concert in Kristianopel. Choked members cancel the three coming concerts, one is back home in Halmstad.

July 1981
"Parkliv" with Lasse Hallström as director is filmed.

October 1981
Anders and Micke records a LP with MaMas Barn (Marie Fredriksson and Martin Sternhufvud).

December 1981
Gyllene Tider records the Christmas-single "Ingenting av vad du behöver" for the paper Schlager. With Marie Fredriksson in the background.

August 1982
"Puls", the groups third LP, is released.

October 1982
MP, Anders, Göran and Micke are enlisted into the army. Per didn’t have to do it and begins his solo-debut.

March 1983
Per Gessle releases his first solo-LP at the same time Gyllene Tider is going down.

June 1983
The group decides to continue. But in English. The coming of Tits & Ass-studio marks a new rehersal place and studio.

February 1984
"Heartland Café" is the name of English debut. But for G.T. the sale of about 45 000 is almost a flop.

March 1984
The last tour, everyone thought until this summer, starts. With Marie Fredriksson in the choir and Janne Bark on guitar.

April 1984
Introducing abroad with a mini-LP. But instead of Golden Times and Modern Times the new name is Roxette after an old Dr-Feelgood-song. In an interview in HP Per says: In two, three years I think we sell 100 000 records again. But then it wasn’t Roxette that he meant…

March 1985
Anders is fed up that Pers solo project goes over time and becomes the one who breaks up Gyllene Tider.

July 1985
Per Gessles second solo-LP, "Scener" is released. But the interest is cool.

June 1986
Pers hobby-project with Marie Fredriksson, the song "Neverending love" becomes a success. And the amazing Roxette-story begins.

January 1989
Per turns 30 years old and on the party at Kavaljeren, Gyllene Tider is reunited for one evening. At the same time "The Look" has begun to be played frequently in the USA.

September 1989
Gyllene Tider celebrates their 10 year anniversary and releases the collection "Instant hits 1979-1989", a double-LP which besides containing 15 old songs, contains six new as Pers Garage. And it sells platinum!

June 1990
CD-box "Kompakta tider" with the live-CD "Parkliv" as a bonus disc is released.

May 1995
Gyllene Tider releases "Instant hits" again - but now on CD as "Halmstads pärlor". The band is re-united in connection with the release party at Penny Lane in Halmstad and the pressure increases on a public comeback.

June 1995
Gyllene Tider at Stora torg. More than 17 000 people and a magical evening at "Halmstad All Star Festival". People all from over Sweden and even abroad come to the city and those who didn´t get in fill the surrounding streets.

June 1996
The EP with "Gå & fiska", "Juni, juli, augusti", "Harplinge" and "Faller ner på knä" is released and it is soon number one on the singles chart. At the same time it, as a bonus EP, pulls "Halmstads pärlor" up to the top on the album-chart.

July 1996
First night "at Per Gessle house" at the Beach Club in Tylösand. Two days later first night for Återtåget with Wilmer X and Love Olzon. First concert is at Slottsruinen in Borgholm and get a royal glance when the Royals with children is there. Everyone gets a Harplinge-T-shirt and gets the road description to the society, Per shows the accordian for queen Silvia to "Kung av sand" and King Carl XVI leave the place with a red Leif-cap on the head. Later in the summer at Stockholm Stadium, 32 000 people arrive to listen - only U2 and Bruce Springsteen has allured more people there and the flag with Halmstads city weapon flutters proudly over Stockholm.

August 1996
Återtåget reaches its final station with double-concerts at Brottet home in Halmstad. Then has almost 300 000 people seen and heard the biggest triumph train in swedish pop-history ever.


© Photos & Layout: 1996 Hallandsposten
© Translation to English: 1997 Fredrik Sundqvist & Paul Rands