Birthday: Cardigans' Magnus Sveningsson

Magnus Sveningsson is the founding bassist of Swedish pop band the Cardigans, who had a U.S. hit in 1996 with "Lovefool."

Johan Magnus Sveningsson was born April 4, 1978, in Falköping in Sweden's parish of Habo. He played many instruments and was in a number of bands before forming the Cardigans in 1992, with guitarist Peter Svensson, in Jönköping, Sweden.

They recruited their art-school friend, novice vocalist Nina Persson, as lead singer. Keyboardist Lars-Olof Johansson and drummer Bengt Lagerberg rounded out the lineup.

The band recorded a demo in 1993 that came to the attention of producer Tore Johansson, who asked the Cardigans to record at his studio.

The Cardigans released their debut LP, Emmerdale, in 1994. The single "Rise & Shine" became a hit on Swedish radio. The group's second LP, Life (1995), showcased the sound that made the band famous outside of Sweden: upbeat pop distinguished by Persson's sunny vocals.

The Cardigans soon did a few U.S. gigs and inked a major-label contract with Mercury. Although 1996's First Band on the Moon stressed more abstract songs than the band's earlier pop confections, the catchy "Lovefool" (RealAudio excerpt) became a radio favorite and helped the LP reach gold status in the U.S.

In 1998 the Cardigans delivered Gran Turismo, including the single "My Favourite Game" (RealAudio excerpt). The Cardigans recently recorded a version of Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House," with crooner Tom Jones.

Other birthdays Tuesday: Clive Davis, 68; Christopher Franke (Tangerine Dream), 47; and Dave Gavurin (the Sundays), 37.