Per HÃ¥kan Gessle IPA: pÃ¦ËÉr 'gÉŤslÉŤ (born January 12, 1959) is the songwriter and male lead singer of the Swedish bands Gyllene Tider and Roxette. He was born in Halmstad, Sweden.
He was a founding member of Gyllene Tider in 1979, and together with a friend, singer Marie Fredriksson, began Roxette in 1986.
He has also participated with the Swedish singer Nisse Hellberg in the project The Lonely Boys.
As of 2005, he has released five solo albums:
*Self-titled Per Gessle in 1983, *Scener in 1986, *The World According To Gessle in 1997, *Mazarin in late 2003, and *Son of a Plumber in late 2005.
The album Mazarin is 5 times platinum as of February 2004 in Sweden. Only The World According To Gessle and Son of a Plumber are in English, the others are in Swedish. Per Gessle and Scener were re-released together with a demo album in 1992 as PÃ¥ VÃ¤g. In 1997 HjÃ¤rtats Trakt was released, a best-of album.