Ted Gärdestad (born February 18, 1956 in Sollentuna - died June 22, 1997) was a Swedish singer, composer and musician. Gärdestad composed his first song, Sollentunavalsen, at the age of six. Gärdestad broke through as an artist as a fifteen year old and he was on the height of his career in the 1970s. He himself wrote the music for his songs, and his brother Kenneth Gärdestad wrote the lyrics. He often made upbeat and catchy pop, which wasn't considered serious in the 1970s and he was regarded as a commercial rather than the serious artist.