Blue Swede formed in 1973 in Sweden when Björn Skifs, a top vocalist in that country, was looking for a band to accompany him during his concerts.
The band earned their international breakthrough in 1974 with their cover of the 1968 B. J. Thomas feel-good single Hooked on a Feeling.
The single hit the top of the charts in the US and also hit #1 in Holland, Australia, and Canada. It missed the top spot in the UK, kept out of #1 by Jonathan King‘s rendition.
Blue Swede also hit the Top Ten in America with a cover of Never My Love (originally recorded by The Association).
The band broke up in 1975 after Skifs decided to pursue his solo career.