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Secret Service

In 1979, Ola Håkansson, a previous vocalist of Ola & the Janglers and a publishing manager at Sonet Records, teamed up with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg to create several songs that they submitted towards the Melodifestivalen, a favorite Swedish song contest. They didn’t win but made a decision to continue operating together and transformed their band’s name from Ola+3 to Magic formula Assistance. Besides Ola Håkansson (vocals), Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg (keyboards), the initial lineup included Tony Lindberg (guitars), Leif Paulsen (bass) and Leif Johansson (drums). Norell, who penned along with Håkansson most tracks of the music group, however, didn’t show up with them on stage or for the recording covers. Key Service’s first solitary “Oh Susie” became popular in Sweden and many additional countries of European countries and SOUTH USA. The same entitled recording that included another strike, “Ten O’Clock Postman,” proceeded to go yellow metal in Scandinavia. Additional successes followed, using their synthpop quantity “Adobe flash in the night time” (1982) striking the charts around continental European countries. In the middle-’80s Norell and Håkansson began writing and creating songs for additional performers. Ola Håkansson’s duet with ex-ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog, “HOW YOU Are,” became a yellow metal solitary in Sweden. In 1987, Håkansson, Norell, and Wahlberg released Aux Deux Magots, their last record as Secret Provider. The other associates of the music group had quit at that time and were changed by multi-instrumentalist Anders Hansson and bassist Mats A. Lindberg. Hansson would become Håkansson and Norell’s partner in what will be referred to as the Megatrio, a Swedish equal to Stock-Aitken-Waterman. In 1992, Håkansson and his affiliates established Stockholm Information being a jv with PolyGram. They created such performers as Military of Lovers as well as the Cardigans amongst others.

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