Secret Service

Profile:
Swedish pop/ new wave band, formed in 1979 (further information after the members lists)

Members from 1979 - 1986
Ola Håkansson - Vocals
Tim Norell - Keyboards
Ulf Wahlberg - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Tonny Lindberg - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Leif Paulsén - Bass
Leif Johansson - Drums & Percussion

Members from 1987 - 1989
Ola Håkansson - Vocals
Tim Norell - Keyboards
Ulf Wahlberg - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Anders Hansson - Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums & Programming
Mats A. Lindberg - Bass

Members 2020-
Johan Becker - Vocals
Tim Norell - Keyboards
Ulf Wahlberg - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Anders Hansson - Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums & Programming
Mats Lindberg - Bass
Jamie Borger
Janne Perning

Band history
1979-1987 - lineup #1

Secret Service is a Swedish pop/new wave band, originally formed 1979. Ola Håkansson, former vocalist of Ola & The Janglers and then a publishing manager at Sonet Music, teamed up with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg to write a few songs that they submitted to Melodifestivalen, the Swedish qualifiers for the European Song Contest. They did not win but decided to continue working together and changed their band's name from Ola+3 to Secret Service. Besides Ola Håkansson (vocals), Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg (keyboards), the original lineup included Tonny Lindberg (guitars), Leif Paulsen (bass) and ​Leif Johansson (drums, ex Ola & the Janglers).

Tim Norell however, who along with lyric writer Björn Håkanson (no relation), penned most songs of the band, did not appear with the band on stage or on the album covers. Secret Service's first single "Oh Susie" became a hit in Sweden and several other countries of Europe and South America. "Oh Susie" was no 1 in 29 countries.

The same titled album included another hit, "Ten O'clock Postman" Other singles followed, with their synthesizer based number "Flash in the Night" hitting the charts all over continental Europe. Later, Ola Håkansson sang duet with ex-ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog, "The Way You Are".

1987 - lineup #2

In 1987, Håkansson, Norell, and Wahlberg released "Aux Deux Magots", their sixth album as Secret Service. The other members of the band had quit by then and were replaced by multi-instrumentalist Anders Hansson and bassist Mats Lindberg. Björn Håkanson had at that time left the group as lyricist and Ola had taken over that part together with Alexander Bard. (Army Of Lovers)

1988-2000 - Hiatus
1988, Håkansson, Norell, and Wahlberg decided to go separate ways. Håkansson continued as Norell's partner together with Anders Hansson and became a well known songwriting trio. In 1992, Håkansson and his associates established Stockholm Records as a joint venture with Polygram. They produced Army Of Lovers and The Cardigans, among others.

Wahlberg continued working as a producer, songwriter with both local and international artists. He started his own company XTC Productions in 1989 launching Swedish artists abroad. He also started up his own professional recording studio - XTC Studios.

2000 - Reunion
1999 Ola, Ulf and Tim got together to compile a new compilation with Secret Service songs, Top Secret – Greatest Hits. The work took place in XTC Studios and it all led to the recording of four new tracks for the album.

2006 Forward, Member lineup #3

Secret Service had fans in the Soviet Union and other countries of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Faced with a 1980's gala in Moscow in December 2006, Ulf and Tim re-assembled the band, however, with a new lineup. Because of family and business reasons Ola decided to not join the band at live performances and tours. So together with Mats Lindberg (bass) from the 2nd lineup, they invited Mikael Erlandsson (vocals and guitar) and Jaime Borger (drums) to join the new live version of the band. Since then the band has successfully toured all over Russia and other territories with this lineup.

2012 "The Lost Box"

2012 was the time for a world-wide release of ”The Lost Box”. An album consisting of more or less forgotten and never completed songs from the years behind, but very well achieved by the audience. The album was also distributed as a vinyl album 2017 by B-Stars.

2019
On Dec 3, 2019 the band released the single “GO ON”, with music and lyrics by Tim Norell. The arrangement is made in collaboration with Anders Hansson.

2020
On April 10, 2020, the second song in the Secret Service project ”Four Seasons” was released: ”Secret Mission”. Written by Tim Norell and arranged by Anders Hansson. Lead vocals by new singer Johan (AKA John) Becker, with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg on backing vocals.
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Albums

SNTF 823 Secret Service - Oh Susie album art Secret Service Oh Susie (Album) Sonet SNTF 823 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SKC 3211 Secret Service - Ye Si Ca album art Secret Service Ye Si Ca (Album) Sonet SKC 3211 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
L 37922 Secret Service - Cutting Corners album art Secret Service Cutting Corners (Album) Sonet L 37922 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
6.25647 Secret Service - Jupiter Sign album art Secret Service Jupiter Sign (Album) Sonet 6.25647 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
14.785-1 Secret Service - When The Night Closes In album art Secret Service When The Night Closes In (Album) Sonet 14.785-1 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
SLP 2790 Secret Service - Aux Deux Magots album art Secret Service Aux Deux Magots (Album) Sonet, Sonet SLP 2790 Sweden 1987 Sell This Version
XTC A 2012-1 Secret Service - The Lost Box album art Secret Service The Lost Box (Album) XTC Productions AB XTC A 2012-1 Sweden 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6.12 613, 6.12613 AC Secret Service - Oh Susie album art Secret Service Oh Susie (Single) Sonet 6.12 613, 6.12613 AC Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SEC-2 Secret Service - Ten O'Clock Postman album art Secret Service Ten O'Clock Postman (Single) Sonet SEC-2 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
T-7996 Secret Service - Darling, You're My Girl album art Secret Service Darling, You're My Girl(7", Single) Sonet T-7996 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
SON 2704 Secret Service - Ye Si Ca album art Secret Service Ye Si Ca (Single, Maxi) Sonet, Sonet SON 2704 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
S-3050 Secret Service - Oh, Susi (Versión Española) / El Cartero De Las Diez (Ten O'Clock Postman) album art Secret Service Oh, Susi (Versión Española) / El Cartero De Las Diez (Ten O'Clock Postman)(7", Single) Swing S-3050 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
J.B. 173 Secret Service - High On Your Love / Oh Susie album art Debbie Jacobs / Secret Service Debbie Jacobs / Secret Service - High On Your Love / Oh Susie(7", Jukebox) MCA Records, Sonet J.B. 173 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
6.20 112 Secret Service - Flash In The Night album art Secret Service Flash In The Night (Single) Sonet 6.20 112 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
MO 2084 Secret Service - L.A. Goodbye album art Secret Service L.A. Goodbye (Single) Sonet MO 2084 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
SEC-5 Secret Service - If I Try album art Secret Service If I Try (Single) Sonet SEC-5 Sweden 1982 Sell This Version
SON-1474, ULS-1474 Secret Service - Dancing In Madness album art Secret Service Dancing In Madness (Single) Sonet SON-1474, ULS-1474 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6.13 487, 6.13487, 6.13487 AC Secret Service - Cry Softly album art Secret Service Cry Softly (Single) Sonet, Sonet 6.13 487, 6.13487, 6.13487 AC Germany 1982 Sell This Version
AT267 Secret Service Cutting Corners(7", Single) Attic AT267 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
J.B. 218 Secret Service - Uomo Mio / Flash In The Night album art Cugini Di Campagna* / Secret Service Cugini Di Campagna* / Secret Service - Uomo Mio / Flash In The Night(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 218 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
SEC-7 Secret Service - Do It album art Secret Service Do It (Maxi, Single) Sonet SEC-7 Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
515509 Secret Service - Jo-Anne, Jo-Anne album art Secret Service Jo-Anne, Jo-Anne (Single, Maxi) Sonet 515509 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
5 56 061 Secret Service - Secret Service album art Secret Service Secret Service(7", EP) AMIGA 5 56 061 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1983 Sell This Version
J.B. 257 Secret Service - Eva Dagli Occhi Di Gatto / Jo-Anne, Jo-Anne album art Milva / Secret Service Milva / Secret Service - Eva Dagli Occhi Di Gatto / Jo-Anne, Jo-Anne(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 257 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
J.B. 244 Secret Service - Reach High / Dancing In The Madness album art Commodores / Secret Service Commodores / Secret Service - Reach High / Dancing In The Madness(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 244 Italy 1983 Sell This Version