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Yngwie Malmsteen is a top Swedish guitarist and vocalist, so good that Time magazine ranked him as the 7th best of the greatest 10 all time electric guitar players.
He took to music at a very young age and even had his first band, named Track on Earth at the age of 10. At 14 years, he played the guitar on Demo Powerhouse which grabbed the attention of an American producer who helped him joined Steeler on their 1983 eponymous album and Alcatrazz’s 1984 album.
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Known for his preferred choice of Stratocasters his unique neo-classical style of play, Yngwie has been able to release over 20 solo albums in a career that spans 4 decades. Some of his big hits include Rising Force, Magic Mirror, Far Beyond The Sun and Like An Angel – For April.
Yngwie is straight and he and April Malmsteen have stayed married since 1999. He was previously married to Erika Norberg for a year in 1992 and Amber Landin for 5 years from 1993.
Outside these, he has been in a few relationships with women such as Alicia Nilsson and Patti Johnsen during the 80s.
He is the youngest child of Lennart Lannerbӓck and Rigmor Malmsten and has Bjӧrn as his brother and Ann as his sister. He and his wife April are parents to their son, Antonio (b. 1998).
Yngwie is believed to be a devotee of the Bahai religion.
Worth To Know
His full birth name is Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbӓck. He adopted his mom’s surname when he was 12 and changed its spelling together with his third name.
He is an enthusiast of vintage Ferrari cars.