"Gyllene Tider" is a Swedish pop band. Gyllene Tider means 'Golden Ages' or 'Golden Times' in English. Few Scandinavians have not heard the song "Sommartider", often played on the radio during late spring and early summer. The band is well-known for its catchy choruses and light-weight lyrics and can be compared to the Swedish "Beatles" or "Beach Boys". In the text below, the Swedish name of the song is written in italic. Within parenthesis, the English translation is written.
In 1977, Per Gessle met Mats Persson, a member of the band Audiovisuellt Angrepp, forming the duo Grape Rock. Later Micke Andersson, Anders Herrlin and Göran Fritzon joined and the quintet was born. The group's name was changed to ''Gyllene Tider''.
1978 - The band had become a group of local celebrities in Halmstad for their Christmas-concerts. They took advantage of this and released their quite rare vinyl ep; ''Billy''. The record sold in about 900 copies.
In 1979, the LP ''Gyllene Tider'' was released, becoming a huge success in Sweden. ''Flickorna på TV2 (The girls on channel 2)'' was the biggest hit on that album.