Ted Arnbjörn Gärdestad
*FEBRUARY 18, 1956 at 2.40 pm at Danderyd's hospital †JUNI 22, 1997
He grew up with his mother (Margit), father (Arne) and brothers (Kenneth and Kjell) in Sollentuna, Sweden.
Ted was singing at the age of three and by the time he was six he had already composed his first song "Sollentunavalsen". As a child he composed several songs and one, "Marknadshambo", was a soundtrack in a movie. Ted’s main influences came from the Beatles!
Ted was a good tennis player and competed at the age of 13. Only Björn Borg managed to beat him! At this point, Ted had to choose between tennis and music. He chose MUSIC. Ted often collaborated with his brother – Kenneth wrote all the lyrics and Ted composed all music. At the age of 12, Ted and his brother Kenneth sent a demo to Stickan Andersson (ABBA’s manager). However, Stickan told them to contact him again when the songs were in Swedish! That is just what they did and the rest is history.
Ted’s debut album, “Undringar” was released when he was 16. It was followed by a song called "Jag vill ha en egen måne", which became a big hit in Sweden. However, Ted struggled with mental illness for more than 11 years. In the end, he took his own life by jumping in front of a train on June 22, 1997.
Kjell managed to collaborate with his younger brothers on the song "Viking" from the album "Upptåg".
© Susan M Gotensparre The english translation
Welcome to the english translation about Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad
This is for anyone outside of Sweden, who is interested in Swedish music and in Ted Gärdestad.
Our main website is called Teds Universum and is in Swedish.
This is a simplified translation of our main site.
John Charles Kenneth Gärdestad was born on 9th of May 1948 and was named after his grandfather John.
He is married to Christina and has three children: Christoffer, Alexander and Madeleine.
The family of Kenneth also have cats.
Kenneth wrote all the lyrics for Ted’s songs but now works as an architect. When he was younger he played basketball for Turebergs IF but nowadays he only plays golf.
In 2006, Kenneth got an award from SKAP, Swedish composers of popmusic. This acknowledged that his lyrics were an important part of Ted’s musical career.
Kenneth also released a tribute single, “Kom, kom i min famn”, about a Swedish harbour town called Grisslehamn.
Janne grew up in Bromma, Stockholm, and is rather well-known within the Swedish music industry. That Janne has participated on almost all of Ted’s original albums is very important to us at Teds Universum. Kenneth’s lyrics were important to Ted & so was Janne’s guitar music.
So much that it gave their music a NEW dimension and extra spice.
Below is some information about Ted’s albums, years and Janne’s participation and role in the album.
1972 Wonderment = comp guitar by Björn Ulvaeus, but all the other guitar was played by Janne.
1973 Ted = Janne played both electrical and acoustical guitar on the studio record.
1974 Prank = Janne played both electrical and acoustical guitar.
1976 French cards = Janne played both electrical and acoustical guitar.
1978Blue Virgin Isles = it was recorded in the US but Janne didn’t participate in this album. But in 1979 the album was rereleased and two additional songs; “Satellite” in English and in Swedish, was recorded in Stockholm. At this point Janne acted as a producer and played the guitar.
1981Gale warning = Janne acted as producer and guitarist.
1994 Finally on its way = This was Ted’s comeback! Janne acted as producer/guitarrist & he also played an electric sitar.