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ABBA
Anni-Frid and Agnetha performing "Waterloo" at Melodifestivalen 1974.
Anni-Frid and Agnetha performing "Waterloo" at Melodifestivalen 1974.
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genre(s) Pop
Europop
Disco
Years active 1972 – 1982
Label(s) Polar (Sweden)
Polydor (UK)
Philips (UK)
Atlantic (USA)
Universal (USA)
Epic (USA)
Vogue (France)
Discomate
RCA
PolyGram
Carnaby
Sunshine
Ariston/Dig It
Associated acts Hep Stars, Hootenanny Singers, Benny Anderssons Orkester
Website www.abbasite.com
Former members
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Agnetha Fältskog
Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus

ABBA is a Swedish Edison award and Eurovision winning pop/dance group active between 1972 and 1982. The quartet was formed through the friendship of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and also consists of Anni-Frid Lyngstad (usually known as Frida) and Agnetha Fältskog. The band members were at one time married respectively, and together they have topped the charts worldwide from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. The name "ABBA" is an acronym formed from the first letters of each of the group member's given name (Anni, Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha). However, in a 1979 US radio interview, Bjorn Ulvaeus said the band did not realize the acronym until it had been pointed out to them by a journalist. He said they had taken the name from the candy bar Abba Zabba.[1] Look up Abba in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Abbamf74. ... Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA. Melodifestivalen 1974 was the selection for the 15th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. ... Stockholm [, ] is the capital and the largest City of Sweden. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... This article is about the music genre. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Polar Music is a Swedish record company founded in 1963 by Stig Anderson and his friend Bengt Bernhag. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Philips Records is a record label that was founded by Dutch electronics giant Philips. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Vogue For the American record label, see Vogue Records Disques Vogue was founded in France in 1947, the same year that the USA Vogue closed shop. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... The Hep Stars was a Swedish pop group, formed in 1963. ... The Hootenanny Singers (originally called the Westbay Singers) were a popular skiffle group from Sweden, playing in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... Benny Anderssons Orkester is an album by Benny Andersson released in 2001. ... Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen (born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad on November 15, 1945 in BjørkÃ¥sen in Ballangen, Norway), is a singer, best known as Frida Lyngstad, one of the four members of Swedish pop group ABBA.[1] // Anni- Frid had a very... Agnetha Ã…se Fältskog{An-yetta Fälts-kog} (born 5 April 1950) in Jönköping) is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for being a member of the popular Swedish pop group ABBA. // Agnetha Fältskog was born the first of two daughters to department... Image:Benny Andersson. ... Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (Swedish IPA: ) (born April 25, 1945) is a Swedish musician and composer, most notable as a member of ABBA. Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, but as a child he moved with his family to Västervik. ... The Edison Award is the oldest and most prestigious Dutch music prize, presented since 1960. ... The term Eurovision has several meanings: technically, the Eurovision Network created by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image:Benny Andersson. ... Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (Swedish IPA: ) (born April 25, 1945) is a Swedish musician and composer, most notable as a member of ABBA. Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, but as a child he moved with his family to Västervik. ... Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen (born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad on November 15, 1945 in BjørkÃ¥sen in Ballangen, Norway), is a singer, best known as Frida Lyngstad, one of the four members of Swedish pop group ABBA.[1] // Anni- Frid had a very... Agnetha Ã…se Fältskog{An-yetta Fälts-kog} (born 5 April 1950) in Jönköping) is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for being a member of the popular Swedish pop group ABBA. // Agnetha Fältskog was born the first of two daughters to department... Look up acronym, initialism, alphabetism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


ABBA enjoyed immense international popularity employing catchy song hooks, simple lyrics, and a Wall of Sound achieved by overdubbing the female singers' voices in multiple harmonies. As their popularity grew, they were sought after to tour Europe, Australia, and North America, drawing crowds of near-hysterical fans, notably in Australia during the tour there. Touring became a contentious issue, particularly unpopular with Agnetha, though they continued to release studio albums to great commercial success. At the height of their popularity, however, both marriages of the band members failed, and the relationship changes were reflected in their music, as they produced more thoughtful lyrics with different compositions. A hook is a musical idea, a passage or phrase, that is believed to be appealing and make the song stand out; it is meant to catch the ear of the listener (Covach 2005, p. ... Look up lyrics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article refers to the music production effect, the Wall of Sound. For other meanings of the term, please see Wall of Sound (disambiguation) Wall of Sound is the effect created by the music production techniques of record producer Phil Spector. ... Overdubbing is a technique used by recording studios to add a supplementary recorded sound to a previously taped musical recording. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ...


They remain a fixture of radio playlists and are one of the world's best selling bands, having sold more than 370 million records world wide;[2][3][4] they still sell two to three million records a year.[5] ABBA was also the first pop group from mainland Europe to enjoy consistent success in the charts of the English-speaking countries, mainly the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Their enormous popularity subsequently opened the doors for other Continental European acts.[6] The music of ABBA has been re-arranged into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that has toured worldwide and is in production for a movie version to be released in 2008. Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European islands and, at times, peninsulas. ... The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists in New Zealand. ... Mamma Mia! is a musical with a book by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA. It is an example of a jukebox musical, and is notable for popularizing the genre. ...

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Before ABBA (1960s)

Benny Andersson (born in Stockholm, Sweden on December 16, 1946) was a member of a popular Swedish pop-rock group that performed covers of international hits named The Hep Stars from the age of 18. He played keyboards and eventually started writing original compositions for his band, many of which became major hits including "No Response" that hit #3 in 1965, "Sunny Girl", "Wedding", "Consolation", all of which hit #1 in 1966.[7] Andersson also had a fruitful songwriting collaboration with Lasse Berghagen, with whom he composed his first Svensktoppen entry "Sagan Om Lilla Sofi" in 1968. Image:Benny Andersson. ... The Hep Stars were among the most successful of 1960s Swedish rock groups. ... Lars Lasse Nils Berghagen (born May 15, 1945 in Enskede) is a Swedish singer, songwriter, composer and actor. ... Svensktoppen is a musical hit list at Sveriges Radio. ...


Björn Ulvaeus (born in Gothenburg, Sweden on April 25, 1945) also began his musical career at 18, when he fronted The Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk-skiffle group. Ulvaeus started writing English language songs for his group, and even had a brief solo career alongside. The Hootenanny Singers and The Hep Stars sometimes crossed paths while touring, and on one occasion in June 1966 Ulvaeus and Andersson decided to write a song together. Their first attempt was "Isn't It Easy to Say", a song later recorded by The Hep Stars. Stig Anderson was the manager of The Hootenanny Singers and founder of the Polar Music label. He saw potential in the collaboration, and encouraged them to compose more. Both also began playing occasionally with the other's bands on stage and on record, although not until 1969 did the pair write and produce some of their first real hits together: "Ljuva Sextiotal" ('Merry Sixties'), recorded by Brita Borg and The Hep Stars' 1969 hit "Speleman". Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (Swedish IPA: ) (born April 25, 1945) is a Swedish musician and composer, most notable as a member of ABBA. Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, but as a child he moved with his family to Västervik. ... The Hootenanny Singers (originally called the Westbay Singers) were a popular skiffle group from Sweden, playing in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... Folk song redirects here. ... Doghouse Skiffle Group Skiffle is a type of folk music with a jazz and blues influence, usually using homemade or improvised instruments such as the washboard, tea chest bass, kazoo, cigar-box fiddle, musical saw, comb and paper, and so forth, as well as more conventional instruments such as acoustic... Stig Stikkan Anderson (January 25, 1931 – September 12, 1997) was the manager of ABBA and the founder of the Polar Music record label. ... Polar Music is a Swedish record company founded in 1963 by Stig Anderson and his friend Bengt Bernhag. ...


Andersson wrote and submitted the song "Hej, Clown" for the 1969 Melodifestivalen, the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest finals. The song tied for first, but re-voting relegated Andersson's song to second place.[8] . On this occasion, Andersson briefly met his future spouse; singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad (born on November 15, 1945 in Bjørkåsen in Ballangen, Norway), who also participated in the contest. A month later, the two had become a couple. As the two bands began to break up, Andersson and Ulvaeus teamed up and eventually recorded their first album together in 1970, called Lycka ("Happiness" in Swedish), that included original compositions sung by both men. Ulvaeus still occasionally recorded and performed with The Hootenanny Singers until the summer of 1974, and Andersson took part in producing their records. The logo for Melodifestivalen, which has been in use since 2002. ... Eurovision redirects here. ... Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen (born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad on November 15, 1945 in BjørkÃ¥sen in Ballangen, Norway), is a singer, best known as Frida Lyngstad, one of the four members of Swedish pop group ABBA.[1] // Anni- Frid had a very...


Agnetha Fältskog (born on April 5, 1950 in Jönköping, Sweden) had a #1 record in Sweden when she was only 17, and was soon noted by the critics and songwriters as a talented singer/songwriter of schlager style songs. Fältskog's main inspiration in her early years were singers like Connie Francis. Along with her own compositions, she recorded covers of foreign hits and performed them on tours in Swedish folkparks. She submitted an original song for Melodifestivalen at 17 years old, titled "Försonade", but it was rejected. She briefly met Anni-Frid Lyngstad for the first time during a TV show in January 1968, and Björn Ulvaeus at a concert venue a few months later. Agnetha Ã…se Fältskog{An-yetta Fälts-kog} (born 5 April 1950) in Jönköping) is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for being a member of the popular Swedish pop group ABBA. // Agnetha Fältskog was born the first of two daughters to department... Schlager (German Schlager, literally hitter or, more loosely translated, a hit) is a style of popular music that is prevalent in northern Europe, in particular Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Latvia and Lithuania, but also to a lesser extent in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. ... Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop singer best known for international hit songs such as Whos Sorry Now?, Where The Boys Are, and Everybodys Somebodys Fool. She is known to have one of the most distinct voices in the... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... In Sweden, a folkpark is a public recreation space, usually featuring large grassed areas, trees, childrens play facilities, etc. ...


During filming of a Swedish TV special in May 1969, Fältskog met Ulvaeus again, and they eventually became romantically involved and they married in 1971. Fältskog and Ulvaeus eventually got involved in each others recording sessions .[9], and soon even Andersson and Lyngstad added backing vocals to her 1970 album "Som Jag Är" (As I Am). In 1973, Fältskog starred as Mary Magdalene in the original Swedish production of Jesus Christ Superstar and attracted favourable reviews. Between 1967 and 1975, Fältskog released five studio albums.[10] This article is about the disciple of Jesus. ... This article is about the rock opera. ...


Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad sang from the age of thirteen with various dance bands and worked mainly in a jazz-oriented cabaret style. She also formed her own band named Anni-Frid Four. In the summer of 1967, she won a national talent competition with the song "En Ledig Dag", included in the EMI Compilation Frida 1967-1972. The first prize was to perform live on the most popular TV show in Sweden, and included was a recording contract with EMI. This first TV performance is included in "Frida the DVD. Lyngstad released several singles on EMI and had many hits in the Swedish charts. When Benny Andersson started to produce her recordings in 1971, she got her first #1 single, "Min Egen Stad" (My Own Town), when all four future ABBA members sang the backup vocals. Lyngstad toured and performed regularly in the folkpark circuit and made appearances on radio and TV. She met Björn Ulvaeus briefly in 1963 during a talent contest, and Agnetha Fältskog during a TV show in early 1968. Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen (born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad on November 15, 1945 in BjørkÃ¥sen in Ballangen, Norway), is a singer, best known as Frida Lyngstad, one of the four members of Swedish pop group ABBA.[1] // Anni- Frid had a very... Frida 1967-1972 is a 2 CD compilation of recordings by Swedish singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad released by EMI Sweden in 1997. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


Lyngstad finally linked up with her future bandmates in 1969. On March 1, 1969, she participated in the Melodifestivalen, where she met Andersson for the first time. A few weeks later they met again during a concert tour in southern Sweden and they soon became a couple. Andersson produced her single "Peter Pan" in September 1969; the first collaboration between her and Benny & Björn -as they had written the song. Later Andersson produced Lyngstad's debut album, Frida, which was released in March 1971 and praised by critics. Lyngstad also played in several revues and cabaret shows in Stockholm between 1969 and 1973. After ABBA formed, she recorded another successful album in 1975, Frida Ensam, which included the original Swedish rendition of "Fernando", which became a huge hit in Scandinavia before the English version was recorded.[11] is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Frida Ensam was released in Sweden by Anni-Frid Lyngstad in 1975. ... Audio sample Info (help·info) Fernando is Swedish pop group ABBAs first non-album single, and appeared on the 1976 ABBA release Greatest Hits in some countries. ...


First live performance and the start of "Festfolk"

An attempt at combining their talents occurred in April 1970 when the two couples went on holiday together to the island of Cyprus. What started as singing for fun on the beach ended up as an improvised live performance in front of the United Nations soldiers stationed on the island. Andersson and Ulvaeus were at this time recording their first album together, "Lycka", which was to be released in September 1970. Fältskog and Lyngstad added backing vocals on several tracks during June, and the idea of them all working together saw them launch their own stage act, "Festfolk", which translated from Swedish to mean both "Party People" and "Engaged Couples", on November 1, 1970 in Gothenburg. The cabaret show attracted positive reviews. The foursome performed the Andersson and Ulvaeus hit "Hej, Gamle Man"; the first recording credited to all four- and solo numbers from respective albums, but the foursome did not feel like working together, and soon concentrated on individual projects again. UN and U.N. redirect here. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Gothenburg (disambiguation). ...


First record together "Hej, Gamle Man"

"Hej, Gamle Man"("Hello, Old Man") became the foursome's first hit, reaching no 5 on the sales charts, and no 1 on Svensktoppen, staying there for 15 weeks. In the first half of 1971, the four artists worked more together, adding vocals to the others recordings. Fältskog, Andersson and Ulvaeus went on a tour together in May, while Lyngstad toured on her own. Frequent recording sessions brought the foursome tighter together during the summer.[12] Svensktoppen is a musical hit list at Sveriges Radio. ...


Forming The Group (1970 - 1973)

After the 1970 release of Andersson and Ulvaeus' album "Lycka", two more singles were released in Sweden, "Det Kan Ingen Doktor Hjälpa" and "Tänk Om Jorden Vore Ung", with more prominent vocals by Fältskog and Lyngstad and moderate chart success. Fältskog released her fourth album in 1971 and married Ulvaeus on July 6. Andersson, Ulvaeus, and Fältskog started performing together on a regular basis during the summer of 1971. is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Stig Anderson, founder and owner of Polar, was determined to break into the mainstream international market with music by Andersson and Ulvaeus. "One day the pair of you will write a song that becomes a worldwide hit", he predicted.[13] Stig encouraged Ulvaeus and Andersson to write a song for Melodifestivalen, and after two rejected entries in 1971,[14] Andersson and Ulvaeus submitted their new song "Säg Det Med En Sång" ("Say It With A Song") for the 1972 contest, and they chose newcomer Lena Anderson to perform. The song won third place, encouraging Stig and became a huge hit in Sweden.[15] The first signs of foreign success came as a surprise, as the Andersson and Ulvaeus single "She's My Kind of Girl" was released by chance by Epic in Japan in March 1972, giving the duo a Top 10 hit. Two more singles were released in Japan, "Merry-Go-Round" and "Love Has Its Ways".[16] Bust of Stikkan Anderson in his native Hova. ... The logo for Melodifestivalen, which has been in use since 2002. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


Their first hit

Ulvaeus and Andersson persevered with their songwriting and experimented with new sounds and vocal arrangements. "People Need Love" was released in June 1972, featuring guest vocals by the women, who were now given much greater prominence. Stig Anderson released it as a single, credited to Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid. The song reached #17 in the Swedish combined single and album charts, enough to convince them they were on to something.[17] The single also became the first record to chart for the quartet in the United States, where it peaked at #114 on the Cashbox singles chart and #117 on Record World's singles chart. Billed as Björn & Benny (with Svenska Flicka), it was released there on Playboy Records. However, according to Stig Anderson, "People Need Love" could have been a much bigger American hit, but a small label like Playboy Records did not have the distribution resources to meet the demand for the single from retailers and radio programmers.[18] The foursome decided to record their first album together and sessions began on September 26, 1972. The two women then shared lead vocal on "Nina, Pretty Ballerina", and their voices combined in harmonies for the first time gave them an idea of the qualities of their combined talents. Image File history File links People_Need_Love_Merry_Go_Round. ... Image File history File links People_Need_Love_Merry_Go_Round. ... People Need Love was the first single released by the Swedish pop quartet Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid, which would eventually become the group ABBA. The song was included on the groups first album, Ring Ring, released in 1973. ... People Need Love was the first single released by the Swedish pop quartet Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid, which would eventually become the group ABBA. The song was included on the groups first album, Ring Ring, released in 1973. ... Cash Box magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industry. ... Record World magazine was one of the three main music industry trade publications in the United States, along with Billboard and Cashbox magazines. ... Playboy Records was a record company in Los Angeles, California. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


"Ring Ring"

For 1973, the band and their manager Stig Anderson decided to have another try at the Melodifestivalen, this time with the song "Ring Ring." The studio sessions were handled by Michael B. Tretow, who experimented with a "wall of sound" production technique that became the wholly new ABBA sound. Anderson arranged an English translation of the lyrics by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody and they thought this would be a surefire winner, but in the Melodifestivalen, on February 10, 1973, it placed third, and thus never reached the international contest. Nevertheless the proto-group put out their first album, called Ring Ring. The album did well and the "Ring Ring" single was a hit in many parts of Europe, but Stig Anderson felt the true breakthrough could only come with a UK or US hit.[19] Ring Ring was a 1973 single by ABBA, which gave the group their big break in Australia and parts of Europe (though the rest of Europe and North America were introduced to ABBA the following year). ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... This article refers to the music production effect, the Wall of Sound. For other meanings of the term, please see Wall of Sound (disambiguation) Wall of Sound is the effect created by the music production techniques of record producer Phil Spector. ... Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Alternate cover CD re-issue with ABBA logo. ...


Official naming

The ABBA logo.
The ABBA logo.

In early 1973, Stig Anderson, tired of unwieldy names, started to refer to the group privately and publicly as ABBA. At first this was as a pun, since Abba was also the name of a well-known fish-canning company in Sweden. However, since the fish canners were unknown outside Sweden, Anderson came to believe the name would work in international markets. A competition to find a suitable name for the group was held in a Gothenburg newspaper. The group were impressed with the names "Alibaba" and "Baba", but in the end all the entries were ignored and it was announced in the summer that the name "ABBA" was official. Later the group negotiated with the canners for the right to the name.[20] "ABBA" is an acronym formed from the first letters of each group member's name: Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid (Frida).[1] The first 'B' in the logo version of the name was reversed on the band's promotional material from 1976 onwards and became the group's registered trademark. The first time the name is found written on paper is on a recording session sheet from the Metronome Studio in Stockholm, dated October 16, 1973. It was first written as "Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida", but was subsequently crossed out with "ABBA" written in large letters on top. Image File history File links ABBA-logo. ... Image File history File links ABBA-logo. ... Abba Seafood, formerly Abba AB, with head offices in Kungshamn is a company producing fish preservatives. ... Look up acronym, initialism, alphabetism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ... The Bass Red Triangle, was the first trademark registered in Britain in 1876. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


Breakthrough (1973 - 1976)

Eurovision victory

Ulvaeus, Andersson, and manager Stig Anderson believed in the possibilities of using the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision TV contests as a way to make the music business aware of the band and Andersson, Ulvaeus and Stig as composers. In late 1973, they were invited by Swedish television to contribute a song for the 1974 contest, and from a number of newly written compositions, the foursome chose the upbeat "Waterloo"; the group was now inspired by the growing glam rock scene in England. "Waterloo" was an unashamedly glam-style pop track produced with Michael B. Tretow's wall-of-sound approach. The Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was the nineteenth Eurovision Song Contest. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) Waterloo was the first single from ABBAs second album Waterloo, their first for Epic and Atlantic. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a style of rock music, which initially surfaced in the post-hippie early 1970s. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ...


ABBA won their national heats on Swedish TV on February 9, 1974, and with this third attempt were far more experienced and better prepared for the international contest. With an album's worth of material released when the show was held at the Brighton Dome in England on April 6, 1974, the song won and catapulted them into British consciousness for the first time—and to the top of the charts all over Europe.[21] Winning the Eurovision Song Contest gave ABBA the chance to tour Europe and perform on major TV shows; thus the band saw the "Waterloo" single climb the charts in many European countries. "Waterloo" was ABBA's first UK #1 single. In the US, it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, paving the way for their first album there that was their second album, Waterloo —although it only peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 album chart. is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Brighton Dome is a building complex in Brighton that contains the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and the Pavilion Theatre. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Alternate cover CD re-issue with ABBA logo. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


ABBA's follow-up single, "Honey, Honey", reached #27 in the US, and was a Top 3 hit in Germany. However, in the UK, a cover version of the song by the act Sweet Dreams made #10 because ABBA's British record company, Epic, decided to re-release a remixed version of "Ring Ring" instead. It failed to reach the Top 30, increasing growing speculation that the group were simply Eurovision one-hit wonders. Honey, Honey was ABBAs second single in 1974 and part of the Waterloo album. ... The term Eurovision has several meanings: technically, the Eurovision Network created by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). ... For other uses, see One hit wonder (disambiguation). ...


1974 Tour

In November 1974, ABBA embarked on their first European tour, playing dates in Denmark, West Germany, and Austria. It wasn't as successful as the band had hoped, since most of the venues didn't sell out, and due to a lack of demand, they were even forced to cancel a few shows, including a sole scheduled concert in Switzerland. The second leg of the tour which took them through Scandinavia in January 1975 was entirely different. They played to full houses and finally got the reception they hoped for. For three weeks in the summer of 1975, ABBA compensated for the planned 1974 Swedish tour they were forced to cancel after their Eurovision triumph. They played sixteen open-air dates in Sweden and Finland, attracting huge crowds. Their Stockholm show at the Gröna Lund amusement park was seen by an estimated audience of 19,200.[22] For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... Gröna Lund Gröna Lund (lit. ...


Reception in Australia

The release of their third album, ABBA, known to fans as "The Limo Album", and their single "SOS" brought back their presence in the UK, where the single hit #6 and the album reached #13. Huge success was further solidified with "Mamma Mia" reaching the #1 spot in the UK at the end of January 1976. In the US, "SOS" reached #10 on the Record World Top 100 singles chart and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, picking up the BMI Award along the way as one of the most played songs on American radio in 1975. ABBA, the third album by the band of the same name, was first released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... SOS is the third single from ABBAs self-titled 1975 album, their third for Polar Music, and their second for Epic and Atlantic. ... For the musical of the same name, please see Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia is a song from ABBAs third album, ABBA, written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. ... Record World magazine was one of the three main music industry trade publications in the United States, along with Billboard and Cashbox magazines. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ...


Yet the success of the group in the United States remained uneven. While they managed to break into the US singles market where, by early 1976, they already had four Top 30 singles, the album market proved to be tough to crack. The eponymous ABBA album generated no fewer than three real American hits, but it only peaked at #165 on the Cashbox album chart and #174 on the Billboard 200 chart. Opinions were voiced, by Creem in particular, that in the US ABBA had endured "a very sloppy promotional campaign". CREEM, Americas Only Rock n Roll Magazine, was a monthly rock n roll publication started in 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. ...


In Australia, the airing of the videos for "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" and "Mamma Mia" on nationwide TV in August 1975 started an immense interest for ABBA, resulting in #1 positions on both the single and album charts for months. The 1976 compilation album 'The Best of ABBA' is still the biggest selling album ever in Australia, selling 1.1 million copies and spending 16 weeks at #1. On Saturday, March 20, 1976, at 6.30 pm, Australian TV's Channel 9 broadcast "The Best of ABBA", filmed during the group's visit the week before. The transmission had more than half of the population watching: 54 percent of viewers according to contemporary reports, a record previously held by the moon landing in 1969. The record remains unbeaten as of 2007.[23] is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Still frame from the video transmission of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969. ...


Superstardom (1976 - 1981)

In March 1976, the band released the compilation Greatest Hits, despite having had only six Top 40 hits in the UK and the US. Nevertheless, it became their first UK #1 album, and also took ABBA into the Top 50 on the US album charts for the first time, eventually selling more than a million copies there. Also included on Greatest Hits was a new single, "Fernando". This song had first been written by Ulvaeus and Andersson in Swedish for Lyngstad's 1975 solo album Frida ensam (Frida alone). After Lyngstad's major success with the song in Scandinavia, the group decided to record an English version. With "Fernando" hitting #1 in twelve countries worldwide, it occupied the top position in Australia for 15 weeks, equalling with The Beatles for longest number one for Hey Jude, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time in that country. That same year, the group received its first international prize, with "Fernando" being chosen as the "Best Studio Recording of 1975". In the US, "Fernando" reached the Top 10 of the Cashbox Top 100 singles chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, ABBA's first American number one single of any kind. Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Audio sample Info (help·info) Fernando is Swedish pop group ABBAs first non-album single, and appeared on the 1976 ABBA release Greatest Hits in some countries. ... Frida Ensam was released in Sweden by Anni-Frid Lyngstad in 1975. ... The Adult Contemporary chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ...


The group's next album, Arrival, represented a new level of accomplishment in both songwriting and studio work, prompting rave reviews from more rock-orientated UK music weeklies such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express, and mostly appreciative notices from American critics. In fact, hit after hit flowed from Arrival: "Money, Money, Money", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", and "Dancing Queen". In 1977, Arrival was nominated for the inaugural BRIT Award in the category "Best International Album of the Year". By this time ABBA were very popular in the UK, most of Western Europe and Australia. Arrival is the fourth album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... This article is about the music newspaper. ... The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a weekly magazine about popular music published in the UK. It is unlike many other popular music magazines due to its intended focus on guitar-based music and indie rock bands, instead of mainstream pop acts. ... Audio sample Info (help·info) Money, Money, Money, is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA in 1976, and is included on the groups album Arrival, as well as the ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits compilation. ... For the Alan Partridge talk show, see Knowing Me, Knowing You. ... Dancing Queen is the biggest hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, and as such is considered to be their signature song. ... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ...


Their popularity in the US would remain on a comparatively smaller scale, and "Dancing Queen" became the only Billboard Hot 100 #1 single ABBA ever had there (they did, however, get three more singles to the #1 position on other Billboard charts, including Billboard Adult Contemporary and Hot Dance Club Play). Nevertheless, Arrival finally became a true breakthrough release for ABBA on the US album market where it peaked at #20 on the Billboard album chart, while reaching platinum sales there as well. It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart (also known as Club Play Singles, and formerly known as Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance/Disco) is a weekly national survey of the songs that are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... General Name, Symbol, Number platinum, Pt, 78 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 6, d Appearance grayish white Standard atomic weight 195. ...


European and Australian tour

Agnetha Fältskog at the opening concert in Oslo, January 28, 1977.
Agnetha Fältskog at the opening concert in Oslo, January 28, 1977.

In January 1977, ABBA hit the road. The group's status had changed dramatically and they were clearly regarded as superstars. They opened their much anticipated tour in Oslo, Norway, on January 28, and mounted a lavishly produced spectacle that included a few scenes from their self-penned mini-operetta. The concert attracted immense media attention from across Europe and Australia. They continued the tour through Western Europe visiting Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Essen, Hanover, Hamburg, and ended it with shows in the UK in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and two sold-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets for these two shows were available only by mail application and it was later revealed that the box-office received 3.5 million requests for tickets, enough to fill the venue 580 times. There were, however, complaints about the group's performance lacking the same intriguing qualities on stage as what was presented in the studio, as an article in The Times accused the show of being boring.[24] One of the Royal Albert Hall concerts was filmed as a reference for the filming of the Australian tour for what became ABBA: The Movie, though it's not known exactly how much of the concert was filmed. Agnetha Ã…se Fältskog{An-yetta Fälts-kog} (born 5 April 1950) in Jönköping) is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for being a member of the popular Swedish pop group ABBA. // Agnetha Fältskog was born the first of two daughters to department... This article is about the capital of Norway. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... This article is about the British city. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Albert Hall redirects here. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom (and the Kingdom of Great Britain before the United Kingdom existed) since 1788 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. ...


After the European leg of the tour, in March 1977, ABBA played eleven dates in Australia before a total of 160,000 people. The opening concert in Sydney at the Sydney Showground on March 3 before over 20,000 was marred by torrential rain and Frida slipped on the wet stage during the concert. However, all four members would later recall this concert to be the most memorable of their career. Upon their arrival in Melbourne, a civic reception was held at the Town Hall and ABBA appeared on the balcony to greet an enthusiastic crowd of 6,000 people. In Melbourne, ABBA played three concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl with 14,500 at each including the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and his family. At the first Melbourne concert, an additional 16,000 people gathered outside the fenced-off area to listen to the concert. In Adelaide, the group performed one concert at West Lakes Football Stadium before 20,000 people with another 10,000 listening outside. During the first of five concerts in Perth, there was a bomb scare with everyone having to evacuate the concert hall. The trip was accompanied by mass hysteria and unprecedented media attention, and is vividly captured on film in ABBA: The Movie, directed by Lasse Hallström. This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Sydney Showground is located in Moore Park, New South Wales. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The City of Melbournes coat of arms The central business district of Melbourne, viewed from the north Alternate meanings: Melbourne (disambiguation) Melbourne is the capital and largest city of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia, with a population of 52,117 in the Central... The current (25th) Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard (sitting, fifth from left), with his Cabinet, 1999 The office of Prime Minister is in practice the most powerful political office in the Commonwealth of Australia. ... This article is about the former prime minister of Australia; for the Western Australian public servant, see Malcolm Fraser (surveyor). ... For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... AAMI Stadium, formerly known as Football Park, is an AFL stadium located in West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia. ... Lars Sven (Lasse) Hallström (born 2 June 1946 in Stockholm) is a Swedish film director. ...


The Australian tour and its subsequent ABBA: The Movie produced some ABBA lore, as well. Agnetha Fältskog's blonde good looks had long made her the band's 'pin-up girl', a role she disdained. During the Australian tour, she performed in a skin-tight white jumpsuit, causing one Australian newspaper to use the headline "Agnetha's bottom tops dull show". When asked about this at a news conference, she replied: "Don't they have bottoms in Australia?"[25]


In December 1977, ABBA followed up Arrival with the more musically and lyrically ambitious fifth album The Album, which was released to coincide with ABBA: The Movie. Although the album was less well-received by the critics in the UK, it did spawn more worldwide hits: "The Name of the Game" and "Take a Chance on Me", both of which topped the UK charts, and reached #12 and #3, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. Although "Take a Chance on Me" did not top the American charts, it has actually proved to be ABBA's biggest hit single in the United States, selling more copies than "Dancing Queen".[26] The Album also included the ABBA signature tune, "Thank You for the Music", released as a single in the UK in 1983, and had been the B-side of "Eagle" in countries where the latter had been released. The Album is the fifth album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... For other uses, see Name of the Game (disambiguation). ... Take a Chance on Me is a song recorded in 1977 by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was the second single to be released from their fifth album, simply called The Album from 1977, and has appeared on numerous ABBA compilations, namely ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits. ... Thank You for the Music was the twenty-fifth and apparently final hit for ABBA when released in November 1983. ... The song Eagle was recorded in 1977 by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was the first track on the groups fifth album, simply titled The Album, and the longest track they ever recorded (at 5:51, one second longer than The Day Before You Came at 5:50). ...


Polar Music Studio formation

By 1978, ABBA was a megagroup. They converted a vacant theatre into the Polar Music Studio, a state-of-the-art studio in Stockholm. The studio was used by several other bands; notably, Genesis' Duke and Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door were recorded there. During May, the group went to the US for a huge promotional campaign, and performed on Olivia Newton-John's TV show. However, a lot of effort was put into the new recording studio in Stockholm. The recording sessions for "Summer Night City" were an uphill struggle, but upon release the song became another significant hit for the group. The track would also set the stage for ABBA's foray into disco with their upcoming album.[27] Polar Music is a Swedish record company founded in 1963 by Stig Anderson and his friend Bengt Bernhag. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... In Through the Out Door is the final studio album by English rock band Led Zeppelin, recorded in November and December of 1978 at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and released by Swan Song Records on 15 August, 1979. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born 26 September 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Summer Night City, written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, is ABBAs second non-album single, released on September 6, 1978. ... This article is about the music genre. ...


On January 9, 1979, the group performed Chiquitita at the Music for UNICEF Concert held at the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate UNICEF's Year of the Child. ABBA donated the copyright of this worldwide hit to the UNICEF; see Music for UNICEF Concert.[28] The single was released the following week, and reached #1 in ten countries. is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Chiquitita (which roughly means little girl in Spanish) was the first single from Swedish pop group ABBAs album Voulez-Vous, their sixth for Polar, and their fifth for Epic and Atlantic. ... The event was broadcast on NBC in the United States The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song was a benefit concert of popular music held in the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on January 9, 1979. ... The United Nations General Assembly (GA, UNGA) is one of the five principal organs of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation. ... Not to be confused with copywriting. ... UNICEF Flag The United Nations Childrens Fund (or UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946 to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United... The event was broadcast on NBC in the United States The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song was a benefit concert of popular music held in the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on January 9, 1979. ...


Expense of success

In mid-January 1979, Ulvaeus and Fältskog announced they were getting divorced. The news caused a massive interest from the media, and led to speculation about the band's future. ABBA assured the press and their fanbase they were continuing their work as a group, and that the divorce would not affect them.[29] Nonetheless, the media continued to confront them with this in interviews.


The group's sixth album, Voulez-Vous, was released in April 1979, with two background tracks recorded in the famous Criteria Studios in Miami, U.S. with the assistance, among others, of the recording engineer Tom Dowd. The album topped the charts across Europe and in Japan and Mexico, hit the Top 10 in Canada and Australia and the Top 20 in the US. None of the singles from the album reached #1 on the UK charts, but "Chiquitita", "Does Your Mother Know", "Angeleyes", the Double A-side in UK for the single "Voulez-Vous", and "I Have a Dream" all charted no lower than #4. In Canada, "I Have a Dream" became ABBA's second #1 on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart, after "Fernando" hit the top previously. Later that year, the group released their second compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, which featured a brand new track: "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)". In Russia during the late 1970s, they were paid in oil commodities because of an embargo on the ruble.[30] Voulez-Vous is the sixth album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... The term background can have any of the following meanings: Background (computer software) refers to software that is running, but not being displayed. ... Criteria Studios is a music studio in Miami, Florida started in 1958 by Mack Emerman. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Audio engineering is the branch of engineering dealing with the production of sound through mechanical means. ... Tom Dowd (October 20, 1925 - October 27, 2002) was an American recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records. ... Chiquitita (which roughly means little girl in Spanish) was the first single from Swedish pop group ABBAs album Voulez-Vous, their sixth for Polar, and their fifth for Epic and Atlantic. ... Does Your Mother Know is a 1979 hit song by the Swedish pop group ABBA, and was the second single to be released from their album Voulez-Vous. ... Angeleyes is a song written and recorded in 1979 by Swedish pop group ABBA. The lyrics and music were composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with the lyrics sung by both Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, typical of most ABBA compositions. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) Voulez-Vous is one of Swedish pop group ABBAs disco-oriented hits. ... I Have a Dream was a hit record for Swedish pop group ABBA, with Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing the lead vocal. ... rpm or RPM may mean: revolutions per minute RPM Package Manager (originally called Red Hat Package Manager) RPM (movie) RPM (band), a Brazilian rock band RPM (magazine), a former Canadian music industry magazine In firearms, Rounds Per Minute: how many shots an automatic weapon can fire in one minute On... Greatest Hits Vol. ... Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) is one of the Swedish pop group ABBAs biggest disco hits. ... For delayed access after publication, see Embargo (academic publishing). ... ISO 4217 Code SUR User(s) Soviet Union Subunit 1/100 kopek (копейка) Symbol руб kopek (копейка) к Plural rublya (gen. ...


On September 13, 1979, ABBA began their first (and only) North American Tour at the Northlands Coliseum, in Edmonton, Canada, with a full house of 14,000. During the next four weeks, they played a total of seventeen sold-out dates, thirteen in the U.S. and four in Canada. The last scheduled ABBA concert on U.S. soil, in Washington, DC, was canceled due to Agnetha Fältskog's emotional distress suffered during the flight from New York to Boston, when the private plane she was on was subjected to extreme weather conditions and was unable to land for an extended period. The tour ended with a show in Toronto, Canada at Maple Leaf Gardens before a capacity crowd of 18,000. The shows also generated the same type of complaints that were expressed during the group's 1977 tour: many fans regarded ABBA as more of a studio group than a live band. On October 19, 1979, the tour resumed in Western Europe where the band played 23 sold-out gigs, including an unprecedented six sold-out nights at London's Wembley Arena. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Rexall Place (formerly known as the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Centre) is an indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta. ... This article is about the city in Alberta, Canada. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Windsor Locks, Connecticut tornado struck on October 3, 1979. ... Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Wembley Arena at Night (Taken at a live WWE Show). ...


Progression

In March 1980, ABBA traveled to Japan where upon their arrival at Narita International Airport, they were besieged by thousands of fans. The group played eleven concerts to full houses, including six shows at Tokyo's Budokan. This tour was the last "on the road" adventure of their career. The same year saw the release of ABBA's seventh album Super Trouper, which reflected a certain change in ABBA's style with more prominent use of synthesisers and increasingly more personal lyrics. It set a record for the most pre-orders ever received for a UK album after one million copies were ordered before release. Anticipation for the album had been built up by "The Winner Takes It All", the group's eighth UK chart topper (and their first since 1978). In the US, the single reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became ABBA's second Billboard Adult Contemporary #1. The song was allegedly written about Ulvaeus and Fältskog's marital tribulations. The next single from the album, "Super Trouper", also hit #1 in the UK, the group's ninth and final UK chart-topper. Another track from Super Trouper, "Lay All Your Love on Me", released in 1981 as a 12-inch single only in selected territories, managed to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and peaked at #7 on the UK singles chart becoming at the time the highest ever charting 12-inch release in UK chart history. Narita International Airport ) (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, Japan, in the eastern portion of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... The Nippon Budokan Hall is an arena in central Tokyo. ... Super Trouper was a top-selling 1980 (see 1980 in music) album by Europop stars ABBA. Led by the international hit Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper was their sixth British chart-topping album. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) The Winner Takes It All is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. Released on July 21, 1980, it was the lead single from the groups Super Trouper album. ... The Song Super Trouper was a hit single for ABBA, a pop group from Sweden. ... Lay All Your Love on Me is an ABBA song recorded by the Swedish quartet in 1980 for the Super Trouper album. ...


Also in 1980, ABBA recorded a compilation of Spanish-language versions of their hits called Gracias Por La Música. It was released in Spanish-speaking countries as well as Japan and Australia. The album became a major success, and along with the Spanish version of "Chiquitita", this signaled the group's breakthrough in Latin America. Gracias Por La Música is a 1980 album by Swedish pop group ABBA (see 1980 in music). ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ...


The Final Album And Performances (1981 - 1982)

In January 1981, Ulvaeus married Lena Källersjö, and manager Stig Anderson celebrated his 50th birthday with a huge party. For this occasion, ABBA recorded the track 'Hovas Vittne' as a tribute to him, and released it only on 200 red vinyl copies, to be distributed to the guests attending the party. This single has become a most sought-after collectible. In mid-February, Andersson and Lyngstad announced they were filing for divorce. Information surfaced that their marriage had been an uphill struggle for years, and Benny had already met another woman, Mona Nörklit, whom he married in November the same year.


Andersson and Ulvaeus had songwriting sessions during the first months of 1981, and recording sessions began in mid-March. At the end of April, the group recorded a TV special with the US talk show host Dick Cavett. The Visitors, ABBA's eighth and final studio album, showed a songwriting maturity and depth of feeling distinctly lacking from their earlier recordings but still placing the band squarely in the pop genre, with catchy tunes and harmonies. Although not revealed at the time of its release, the album's title track, according to Ulvaeus, refers to the secret meetings held against the approval of totalitarian governments in Soviet-dominated states, while other tracks address topics like failed relationships, the threat of war, aging, loss of innocence, and a parent watching a child grow up. This change of content was reflected in the relative commercial decline, mostly evident in the UK, after the release of the #3 single "One of Us" in December 1981. Richard Alva Dick Cavett (born November 19, 1936) is an Emmy-winning American television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussion of issues. ... For the French film, see Les Visiteurs The Visitors is the eighth and final album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... One of Us was the first single from ABBAs final studio album The Visitors, their eighth for Polar, and their seventh for Epic and Atlantic. ...


Although it topped the charts across most of Europe, entered the Top 20 in France and Japan and the Top 30 in the US and Australia, The Visitors was not as commercially successful as its predecessors. A track from the The Visitors, "When All Is Said and Done", was released as a single in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and fittingly became ABBA's final Top 40 hit in the US, while reaching #4 on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart in Canada. The song's lyrics, as with "The Winner Takes It All" and "One of Us", dealt with the painful experience of splitting up from a long-term partner, though it looked at it more optimistically. With the now publicized story of Andersson and Lyngstad's divorce, speculation increased of tension within the band. Also released in the US was the title track of The Visitors, which hit the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. When All Is Said And Done was the lead single from ABBAs final studio album, The Visitors, in the United States. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) The Winner Takes It All is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. Released on July 21, 1980, it was the lead single from the groups Super Trouper album. ... One of Us was the first single from ABBAs final studio album The Visitors, their eighth for Polar, and their seventh for Epic and Atlantic. ...


Last recording sessions

Cover of The Singles: The First Ten Years.
Cover of The Singles: The First Ten Years.

In the spring of 1982, songwriting sessions had started and the group came together for more recordings. Plans were not completely clear, but a new album was discussed and the prospect of a small tour suggested. The recording sessions in May and June were a struggle, and only three songs were eventually recorded: "You Owe Me One", "I Am The City", and "Just Like That". Andersson and Ulvaeus were not satisfied with the outcome, so the tapes were shelved and the group took a break for the summer.[31] Image File history File links ABBA_The_Singles. ... Image File history File links ABBA_The_Singles. ... You Owe Me One is a song written and recorded in May 1982 by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was one of only a handful of tracks recorded by the band that year, and was originally intended for inclusion on what would have been their ninth studio album. ... Just Like That is the title of one of Swedish pop group ABBAs last songs, and has caused a lot of interest and hype among ABBA fans as it has not yet been released in its entirety. ...


Back in the studio again in early August, the group had changed plans for the rest of the year: they settled for a Christmas release of a double album compilation of all their past single releases to be named The Singles: The First Ten Years. New songwriting and recording sessions took place,[32] and during October and November, they released the singles The Day Before You Came/Cassandra and Under Attack/You Owe Me One, the A-sides of which were included on the compilation album. There was little interest in the singles in the UK, though both singles became Top 5 hits in The Netherlands and Belgium. The album went to #1 in the UK and Belgium, Top 5 in the Netherlands and West Germany and Top 20 in many other countries. The Day Before You Came is a song recorded and released by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released as the first new song off the double compilation album The Singles: The First Ten Years, released in November 1982. ... For other uses, see Cassandra (disambiguation). ... Under Attack was the last single released by the pop group ABBA while they were still together. ... You Owe Me One is a song written and recorded in May 1982 by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was one of only a handful of tracks recorded by the band that year, and was originally intended for inclusion on what would have been their ninth studio album. ...


"I Am the City" and "Just Like That", were left unreleased on The Singles: The First Ten Years for possible inclusion on the next projected studio album from ABBA, though this never came to fruition. "I Am the City" was eventually released as a bonus track on the compilation album More ABBA Gold in 1993, while "Just Like That" has been recycled in new songs with other artists produced by Andersson and Ulvaeus. A reworked version of the verses ended up in the musical Chess.[33] The chorus section of "Just Like That" was eventually released on a retrospective boxset in 1994. Despite numerous requests from fans, Ulvaeus and Andersson are still refusing to release ABBA's version of "Just Like That" in its entirety, even though the complete version surfaced on bootlegs.


The group traveled to London to promote The Singles: The First Ten Years in the first week of November 1982, appearing on Saturday Superstore and The Late, Late Breakfast Show, and also to West Germany in the second week, to perform on Show Express. On November 19, 1982, ABBA appeared for the last time in Sweden on the TV programme Nöjesmaskinen, and on December 11, 1982, they made their last performance ever, transmitted to the UK on Noel Edmonds' The Late, Late Breakfast Show, via a live link from a TV studio in Stockholm. Saturday Superstore was a childrens television series, broadcast on BBC One from 1982 until 1987. ... The Late, Late Breakfast Show was a BBC television gameshow broadcast live on Saturday evenings between 1982 and 1986. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Noel Ernest Edmonds (born 22 December 1948 in Ilford, Essex) is a British television presenter, DJ, executive who made his name on BBC Radio 1 in the UK. He is more recently known as the presenter of the television gameshow Deal or No Deal. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ...


In interviews, ABBA talked about a future Massive Tour, performing in front of famous sites like the pyramids,[34] but behind the scenes a growing disagreement with manager Stig Anderson led to the four members selling their shares in the record company and leaving future plans for ABBA on hold.[35] Although plans suggested future recording work as a foursome, they have not professionally reunited. 19th-century tourists in front of the Sphinx - view from South-East, Great Pyramid in background The Giza Necropolis stands on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. ...


Last performances

Andersson and Ulvaeus began collaborating with Tim Rice in early 1983 on writing songs for the musical project Chess, while Fältskog and Lyngstad both concentrated on international solo careers. While Andersson & Ulvaeus were working on the musical, a further cooperation between three of them came with the musical Abbacadabra that was produced in France for television. It was a children's musical utilising 14 ABBA songs. Alain and Daniel Boublil, who wrote Les Miserables, had been in touch with Stig Anderson about the project, and the TV musical was aired over Christmas 1983 on the British channel ITV. Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award winning lyricist, author, radio presenter and television gameshow panelist. ... Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. ... Alain Boublil is a librettist, best known for his collaborations with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. ... Les Misérables programme from Palace Theatre purchased for £3 in July 2003. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ...


Lyngstad, who had recently moved to Paris, participated in the French version, and recorded a single, "Belle", a duet with French singer Daniel Balavoine. The song was a cover of ABBA's instrumental 1976 track "Arrival". As the single "Belle" sold well in France, Cameron Mackintosh wanted to stage an English language version of the show in London, with the French lyrics translated by David Wood and Don Black; Andersson and Ulvaeus, got involved in the project, and contributed with one new song, "The Seeker". "Abbacadabra" premièred December 8, 1983 at The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London, to mixed reviews and full houses for eight weeks, closing on January 21, 1984. Lyngstad was involved in this production as well, recording 'Belle' in English as "Time"; a duet with actor and singer B. A. Robertson: the single sold well, this time produced and recorded by Andersson and Ulvaeus. Belle was once a member of RBAP who believed a Husky could jump a 6 foot fence without a running start. ... Daniel Balavoine. ... Arrival was the instrumental title track from ABBAs 1976 album of the same name. ... Sir Cameron Mackintosh (born 17 October 1946) is a successful British theatrical producer. ... David Wood O.B.E. (born February 21, 1944) is an English-born author, playwright, magician and actor called the National Childrens Dramatist by The Times[1]. ^ http://www. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... B. A. (Brian) Robertson (born Glasgow, 1956) is a Scottish musician and song writer. ...


All four members made their last public appearance, as four friends more than as ABBA, in January 1986, when they recorded a video of themselves performing an acoustic version of "Tivedshambo", which was the first song written by their manager, Stig Anderson, for a Swedish TV show honouring Anderson on his 55th birthday. The four had not seen each other for more than two years. That same year they also performed privately at another friend's 40th birthday: their old tour manager, Claes af Geijerstam. They sang a self-composed song titled "Der Kleine Franz" that later was to surface in Chess. The same year ABBA Live was released, featuring selections of live performances from the group's 1977 and 1979 tours. Their last appearance as a group was filmed privately by Anders Glenmark. They were guests on the 50th birthday of Görel Hanser in 1999. Hanser was a long-time friend of all four, and also former secretary of Stig Anderson. Honouring Görel, ABBA performed a Swedish birthday song "Med En Enkel Tulipan" a cappella.[36] Claes af Geijerstam, nick-named Clabbe, is a Swedish musician, radio personality and DJ who is mostly famous for his talent of rapid speech, his many years as a radio DJ and during 2004-2006 for his role as jury member on the popular Swedish version of Pop Idol, which... ABBA Live is a live album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... This article is about the vocal technique. ...


Benny Andersson has on several occasions performed old ABBA songs. In June 1992, he and Björn Ulvaeus appeared with U2 at a Stockholm concert, singing the chorus of "Dancing Queen", and a few years later during the final performance of the B & B in Concert in Stockholm, Andersson joined the cast for an encore at the piano. Andersson frequently adds an ABBA song to the playlist when he performs with his BAO! band. He also played the piano during new recordings of the ABBA songs "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" with opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter, and "When All Is Said And Done" with Swede Viktoria Tolstoy. Andersson and Ulvaeus both did an a capella rendition of the first verse of "Fernando" as they accepted their Ivor Novello award in London in 2002. Frida Lyngstad performed and recorded an a cappella version of "Dancing Queen" with the Swedish group The Real Group in 1993, and has also re-recorded "I Have a Dream" with Swiss singer Dan Daniell in 2003. This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Dancing Queen is the biggest hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, and as such is considered to be their signature song. ... BAO! is an album by Benny Andersson released in 2004. ... Anne Sofie von Otter (born 9 May 1955) is an opera singer and concert recitalist. ... Viktoria Tolstoy, neé Kjellberg, (born 1974), Swedish jazzsinger. ... The Real Group is a professional a cappella group from Sweden, consisting of five members: soprano Johanna Nyström, alto Katarina Henryson, tenor Anders Edenroth, baritone Peder Karlsson, and bass Anders Jalkéus. ... I Have a Dream was a hit record for Swedish pop group ABBA, with Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing the lead vocal. ...


ABBA has never officially announced the end of the group, but as the years pass by the chances of ABBA working together again have become increasingly slim, and the group is now considered dissolved.


After ABBA

Andersson and Ulvaeus

Main articles: Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

In the mid 1980's, the two former ABBA members had invited "Alla Pugacheva", the top soviet superstar, to Stockholm, and collaborated on an album titled "Alla Pugacheva in Stockhom." The result was a number of hit songs such as 'Love Can Hurt,' 'What Was I Looking For?' and ' Superman.' These had received great success is parts of Europe and won Alla Pugacheva some awards. They travelled to Moscow with Europe to visit Pugacheva in 1987 and participated in a concert starring her as she performed her current hits such as 'Allo' and 'Koroleva.' Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (born April 25, Swedish musician and composer, most notable as a member of ABBA. Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, but as a child he moved with his family to Västervik. ... Image:Benny Andersson. ... Alla on the Star Factory television show, 2004 Alla Borisovna Pugachyova (А́лла Бори́совна Пугачёва), pronounced Pougachiova and commonly anglicized as Pugacheva, born April 15, 1949 in Moscow, Russia, is perhaps the best known musical performer in Russia, her career having started in 1965 and continuing to this day. ...


In October 1984, Ulvaeus and Andersson released the musical concept double album Chess, The singles "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well" (later also recorded by Whitney Houston) were both huge successes. In May 1986, the musical premièred in the West End of London, and ran for almost three years. On Broadway it opened in April 1988, but closed within two months due to very bad reviews. The musical has been staged regularly on small scale to great success, and even the concert version is popular. In Stockholm, the composers staged Chess På Svenska ('Chess in Swedish') in 2003, with new material. Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. ... One Night in Bangkok is a song originally released in 1984 by Murray Head, and later remixed for release by Vinylshakerz in 2005. ... I Know Him So Well is a song from the musical, Chess, by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Note on spelling: While most Americans use er (as per American spelling conventions), the majority of venues, performers and trade groups for live theatre use re. ...


What is considered to be Andersson and Ulvaeus' masterpiece, however, is Kristina från Duvemåla, a Swedish epic musical, which the composers premiered in Malmö in southern Sweden in October 1995, directed for the stage by Lars Rudolfsson and based on the The Emigrants tetralogy by Swedish novelist Vilhelm Moberg. The musical ran for five years in Stockholm, and an English version has been in the works for a long time, and it had been reported that the Broadway pre-production is in its earliest stage.[37] Kristina frÃ¥n DuvemÃ¥la (Kristina from DuvemÃ¥la) is a Swedish musical written by former ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus (book and lyrics) and Benny Andersson (music), based on a series of four novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg detailing a familys poverty-driven migration from Sweden to... Motto: FrÃ¥n arbetarstad till kunskapsstad (eng: From industrial city to knowledge city) Location of Malmö in northern Europe Coordinates: , Country  Sweden Municipality Malmö Municipality County SkÃ¥ne County Province Scania (SkÃ¥ne) Charter 13th century Government  - Mayor Illmar Reepalu Area  - City 335. ... The Emigrants, or Utvandrarna, is a 1971 film which tells the story of a Swedish couple who emigrate to 19th century America. ... A tetralogy is a compound work that is made up of four (numerical prefix tetra-) distinct works. ... Vilhelm Moberg (August 20, 1898 - August 8, 1973) was a Swedish author and historian. ...

Benny Andersson during a performance in Minnesota 2006.
Benny Andersson during a performance in Minnesota 2006.

Since 1983, besides Chess and Kristina Från Duvemåla, Benny Andersson has continued writing songs with Björn Ulvaeus. The pair produced two English language pop albums with Swedish duo Gemini in 1985 and 1987. The same year, Andersson released his first solo album on his own label, a collection of his own folk music material called Klinga Mina Klockor, and followed it with November 1989. In the 1990s, Benny wrote music for the popular Swedish cabaret quartet Ainbusk Singers, giving them two massive hits: "Lassie" and "Älska Mig", and later produced Shapes—an English language album by the group's Josefin Nilsson—with all-new material by him and Ulvaeus. Andersson has regularly written music for films (most notably to Roy Andersson's Songs from the Second Floor), and in 2001 put together his own band, BAO!, which has released three successful albums in 2001, 2004 and October 2007. Benny Andersson has the record of staying in the longest ever run in the Svensktoppen charts in April 2007 (the song "Du Är Min Man", sung by Helen Sjöholm is still there, in its 196th week as of April 6th, 2008, alongside the new entry song "Fait Accompli" sung by Tommy Körberg (presently on #3)[38] Andersson has recently released his 3rd album BAO 3 with new material with his band BAO! and vocalists Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg -as well as having filled two of Sweden's largest concert venues in October and November 2007 with an audience of 14,000. Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... Gemini are a Swedish brother and sister duo, consisting of Karin Glenmark and Anders Glenmark. ... This article is about the fictional collie dog character. ... In geometry, two sets of points are of the same shape precisely if one can be transformed to another by dilating (i. ... Roy Andersson This article is about the film director. ... Songs from the Second Floor is a Swedish surrealistic drama film from 2000 by Roy Andersson. ... BAO! is an album by Benny Andersson released in 2004. ... Svensktoppen is a musical hit list at Sveriges Radio. ... Marie Helen Sjöholm (born 10 July 1970) is a Swedish singer who lives in Gamla Enskede in Stockholm. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... Tommy Körberg (b. ... BAO 3 is an album by BAO, released on October 24, 2007. ... Marie Helen Sjöholm (born 10 July 1970) is a Swedish singer who lives in Gamla Enskede in Stockholm. ... Tommy Körberg (b. ...


Björn Ulvaeus has not appeared on stage performing music since ABBA, but had a reunion with his co-members of The Hootenanny Singers on 16 July 2005 at a music festival in his hometown of Västervik, singing their 1966 hit "Marianne". is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Västervik Municipality is a municipality in Kalmar County, in south-eastern Sweden, with its seat in the town of Västervik (pop. ...


Andersson and Ulvaeus are highly involved in the world wide productions of the musical Mamma Mia!, alongside Lyngstad attending premieres. They are also involved in the production of the film version of the musical, to open in June 2008; Benny Andersson produces the Soundtrack. Mamma Mia! is a musical with a book by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA. It is an example of a jukebox musical, and is notable for popularizing the genre. ...


Fältskog and Lyngstad

Main articles: Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Both female members of ABBA pursued solo careers on the international scene following the break-up of the band. In 1982, Lyngstad chose Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins to produce the album Something's Going On and unveiled the single and video "I Know There's Something Going On" in autumn of that year. The single became a #1 hit in France, where it spent five weeks at the top, Belgium, Switzerland and Costa Rica. The track reached #3 in Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Poland, and was also a Top 10 hit in Germany, Italy, South Africa and Finland. In the United States, the single reached #13. In all, "I Know There's Something Going On" sold 3.5 million copies worldwide and is the biggest selling single any of the four members have had outside ABBA. Lyngstad's album sold 1.5 million copies internationally.[39] Frida's second solo album after ABBA was the experimental Shine (produced by Steve Lillywhite), released in 1984. The album proved a big success in Sweden, reaching #6 there. It was also Frida's final studio album release for twelve years. Agnetha Åse Fältskog{An-yetta Fälts-kog} (born 5 April 1950) in Jönköping) is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for being a member of the popular Swedish pop group ABBA. // Agnetha Fältskog was born the first of two daughters to department... Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, Countess of Plauen (born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad on November 15, 1945 in Bjørkåsen in Ballangen, Norway), is a singer, best known as Frida Lyngstad, one of the four members of Swedish pop group ABBA.[1] // Anni- Frid had a very... For other uses, see Phil Collins (disambiguation). ... Music sample I Know Theres Something Going On Problems? See media help. ... Shine is an album by Frida released in 1984. ... Steve Lillywhite (born in 1955) is a well-known Grammy Award winning English music producer. ...


Agnetha Fältskog followed in 1983 with the album Wrap Your Arms Around Me. This included the hit single "The Heat Is On", which was a hit in Europe and Scandinavia. In the US, Fältskog scored a Billboard Top 30 hit with "Can't Shake Loose". In Europe, the single "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" was another successful hit, topping the charts in Belgium and Denmark, reaching the Top 5 in Sweden and the Top 20 in Germany and France. Her album sold 1.2 million copies worldwide.[40]


Fältskog's second post-ABBA solo album was Eyes of a Woman, released in March 1985, which reached #2 in Sweden and performed reasonably well in Europe. The first single from the album was "I Won't Let You Go". In November 1987, Fältskog released her third post-ABBA solo album, the Peter Cetera-produced I Stand Alone, (which also included the Billboard hit "I Wasn't The One"). The album sold very well in Sweden, where it spent eight weeks at #1. Later that year, however, Fältskog withdrew from public life and halted her music career for a while. In 1996, she released her autobiography, As I Am, and a compilation album featuring her solo hits alongside some ABBA classics. In 2004, she made a successful comeback, releasing the critically acclaimed album My Colouring Book, which debuted at #1 in Sweden (achieving triple-platinum status), #6 in Germany, and #12 in the UK, winning a silver award, and achieving gold status in Finland. The single "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" became Fältskog's biggest solo hit in the UK, reaching the #11 position. The single saw the #2 spot in Sweden and was a hit throughout Scandinavia and Europe. In January 2007, she sang a live duet on stage with Swedish singer Tommy Körberg at the after party for the final showing of the musical, Mamma Mia!, in Stockholm, at which Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus were also present. Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitar player and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. ... I Stand Alone was the third and last of Agnetha Fältskogs 1980s post-ABBA solo albums, released in November 1987. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... My Colouring Book is an album that was released in 2004 by Swedish singer Agnetha Fältskog. ...


In 1992, Frida was asked and chosen to be the chairperson for the environmental organisation "Artister för miljön" (Artists for the Environment) in Sweden. Frida accepted and became chairwoman for this organisation from 1992 to 1995. To mark her interests for the environment, she recorded the Julian Lennon song Saltwater and performed it live in Stockholm. She arranged and financed summer camps for poor children in Sweden, focussing on environmental and ecological issues. Her environmental work for this organisation led up to the decision to record again. Djupa andetag (Deep Breaths) was released towards the end of 1996 and became a huge success in Sweden, where it reached #1 and Scandinavia. The lyrics for the single from this album, "Även en blomma" (Even a Flower), deal with environmental issues. In 2004, Lyngstad recorded a song called "The Sun Will Shine Again", written especially for her and released with former Deep Purple member Jon Lord. The couple made several TV performances with this song in Germany. The following year, she released a career retrospective DVD, "Frida the DVD and also a boxset, The "Frida Box Set". Lyngstad lives a low-profile life but occasionally appears at a party or charity function. On August 26, 1992, she married Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss von Plauen, of the German Reuss family. Von Plauen died of lymphoma at the age of 49. In addition to losing her husband, Lyngstad had also lost her daughter in a car crash a year earlier. John Charles Julian Lennon known universally as Julian Lennon, (born April 8, 1963 in Liverpool, England) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of his first wife Cynthia Lennon. ... Djupa Andetag is an album by Frida released in 1996 only in Scandinavia. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Jon Douglas Lord (born Leicester 9 June 1941) is an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about lymphoma in humans. ...


Revival

The same year ABBA went separate ways, the French production of a 'tribute' show; a children's TV musical named Abbacadabra, using 14 of ABBA's songs, spawned new interest in the groups music. The London staging of the musical had stars like Elaine Paige, and Finola Hughes singing new lyrics to the old hits. On the cover of Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004 Elaine Paige OBE (born Elaine Bickerstaff on 5 March 1948 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a world-renowned English singer and actor, primarily in musicals. ... Finola Hughes (born 29 October 1960 in London) is an English actress of Irish and Italian extraction who is best known for her portrayal of Anna Devane on the soap operas General Hospital and All My Children, and her portrayal of Anna Devanes identical twin sister, Dr. Alexandra Devane...


After receiving little attention during the mid 1980s, ABBA experienced a major resurgence in 1988 when the Australian Band Bjorn Again was formed. UK synth-pop duo Erasure's then released an EP featuring cover versions of ABBA's songs, which topped the charts in the spring of 1992. As U2 arrived in Stockholm for a concert in June of that year, the band paid homage to ABBA by inviting Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to join them on stage for a rendition of "Dancing Queen", playing guitar and keyboards. The September 1992 release of ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits, a new compilation album, ended up selling massively worldwide and setting chart longevity records. In the U.S., the album became the most popular ABBA release ever there, selling more than six million copies to date. Bjorn Again are an ABBA tribute band, taking their name from Bj rn Ulvaeus, a member of ABBA, and a pun on the phrase Born again. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ...


The enormous interest in the Gold compilation saw the release of More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits in 1993. This collection also contained the bonus track "I Am the City", one of the unreleased songs from the 1982 recording sessions.


In 1994, two Australian movies caught the attention of the world's media, both focussing on admiration for ABBA: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel's Wedding. The same year, Thank You for the Music, a four-disc box set comprising all the group's hits and stand-out album tracks, was released with the involvement of all four members. For this release, several demo versions and odd tracks were discovered in the Polar vaults. Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the sixth-largest country in the world, the only country to occupy an entire continent, and the largest in the region of Australasia/Oceania. ... The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Oscar-winning Australian film about two drag queens and a transsexual woman driving across the outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a large bus they have named Priscilla. ... Muriels Wedding is a 1994 Australian film written and directed by P. J. Hogan. ... Thank You For The Music is the title of a box set by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in 1994. ...


ABBA were soon recognised and embraced by other acts: Evan Dando of The Lemonheads recorded what fans consider the best cover version of "Knowing Me, Knowing You",[41] Sinéad O'Connor and Boyzone's Stephen Gately have recorded "Chiquitita", Tanita Tikaram, and Blancmange paid tribute to "The Day Before You Came", Cliff Richard covered "Lay All Your Love On Me", while Dionne Warwick and Peter Cetera recorded their versions of "SOS". U.S. alternative-rock musician Marshall Crenshaw has also been known to play a version of "Knowing Me, Knowing You" in concert appearances. Swedish metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen covered "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" with slightly altered lyrics. Tribute albums were released both in Sweden and the UK. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Lemonheads are an alternative rock band from the United States. ... For the Alan Partridge show, see Knowing Me, Knowing You. ... Sinéad Marie Bernadette OConnor (pronounced [1]) (born December 8, 1966) is a Grammy Award winning Irish singer and songwriter. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Chiquitita (which roughly means little girl in Spanish) was the first single from Swedish pop group ABBAs album Voulez-Vous, their sixth for Polar, and their fifth for Epic and Atlantic. ... Tanita Tikaram (born August 12, 1969) is an English pop/folk singer/songwriter best known for the enigmatic hits Twist in My Sobriety and Good Tradition from her 1988 debut album, Ancient Heart (see 1988 in music). ... Blancmange were a synthpop band in the 1980s. ... The Day Before You Came is a song recorded and released by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released as the first new song off the double compilation album The Singles: The First Ten Years, released in November 1982. ... Lay All Your Love on Me is an ABBA song recorded by the Swedish quartet in 1980 for the Super Trouper album. ... SOS is the third single from ABBAs self-titled 1975 album, their third for Polar Music, and their second for Epic and Atlantic. ... Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (IPA pronunciation: //) (born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader. ... Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) is one of the Swedish pop group ABBAs biggest disco hits. ...


In Sweden, the growing recognition of the legacy of Andersson and Ulvaeus resulted in the 1998 B & B Concerts: a tribute concert (with Swedish singers who had worked with the composers through the years) showcasing not only their ABBA years, but even hits from the 1960s and after ABBA. The concert was a huge success, released on CD, and later toured Scandinavia and even went to Beijing in the People's Republic of China for two concerts. In 1999, Sweden saw the birth of ABBA Teens, later re-named A*Teens, recording techno-pop versions of ABBA songs to huge success worldwide: not only the English original versions, but ABBA's Spanish versions also. Peking redirects here. ... The A*Teens was a very successful pop music group from Stockholm, Sweden, formed in 1998 as ABBA Teens and later renamed to A*Teens. ...


In April 1999, the Mamma Mia! musical opened in London, and soon premièred in cities worldwide to huge success. Mamma Mia! is a musical with a book by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA. It is an example of a jukebox musical, and is notable for popularizing the genre. ...


In 2000 ABBA were reported to have turned down an offer of approximately US$1,000,000,000 (one billion US dollars) to do a reunion tour consisting of 100 concerts.[42]


For the 2004 semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, staged in Istanbul thirty years after ABBA had won the contest in Brighton, all four members of ABBA appeared briefly in a special comedy video made for the interval act, entitled "Our Last Video Ever". Each of the four members of the group made a brief cameo role, as did others such as Cher and Rik Mayall. The video was not included in the official DVD release of the Eurovision Contest, but was issued as a separate DVD release, retitled "The Last Video" at the request of the former ABBA members. It was billed as the first time the four had worked together since the group spilt. In fact, they each filmed their appearances separately. Eurovision redirects here. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ...


With Mamma Mia!'s huge success worldwide, and the forthcoming film starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, there is a huge interest in ABBA's music. However, in a November 2004 interview with the German magazine Bunte, Ulvaeus said a reunion would not satisfy ABBA's many fans, even though there are legions of them around the world often clamouring for one. Mamma Mia! is an upcoming film adaptation of the West End musical of the same name based on the songs of pop group ABBA. The title of the film is taken from the groups 1975 chart-topper Mamma Mia. It will be produced by Universal Studios in partnership with... Mary Louise Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award, Cannes Best Actress, Berlin Best Actress winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... Pierce Brendan Brosnan,The most gorgeous man on the planet OBE[1] (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor and producer best known for portraying James Bond in four films from 1995 to 2002: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. ...


Fashion and videos

ABBA were widely noted for the colourful and trend-setting costumes its members wore. The videos that accompanied some of their biggest hits are often cited as being among the earliest examples of the genre. Most of ABBA's videos (and ABBA: The Movie) were directed by Lasse Hallström who would later direct the films My Life as a Dog, The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. Lars Sven (Lasse) Hallström (born 2 June 1946 in Stockholm) is a Swedish film director. ... My Life as a Dog (Swedish Mitt liv som hund) is a Swedish film from 1985 directed by Lasse Hallström and based on a novel by Reidar Jönsson. ... This article relates to the film, The Cider House Rules (film) directed by Lasse Hallström. ... Chocolat is a 2000 movie based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris. ...


ABBA made videos because their songs were hits in so many different countries and personal appearances weren't always possible. This was also in an effort to minimise travelling, particularly to countries that would have required extremely long flights. Fältskog and Ulvaeus had two young children, and Fältskog, who was also afraid of flying, was very reluctant to leave her children for such a long time. ABBA's manager, Stig Anderson, realised the potential of showing a simple video clip on television to publicise a single or album, thereby allowing easier and quicker exposure than a concert tour. Some of these videos became classics because of the 1970s era costumes and early video effects, such as the grouping of the band members in different combinations of pairs, overlapping one singer's profile with the other's full face, and the contrasting of one member against another. For other uses, see Fear of flying (disambiguation). ...


Discography

Main article: ABBA discography

This article includes the discography of Swedish pop music group ABBA. In April 2006, Universal Records announced that the groups recordings have sold an estimated 370 million units worldwide. ...

Awards And Recognition

This is a list of ABBAs awards and recognition. ...

Bibliography

  • Potiez, Jean-Marie (2000). ABBA - The Book ISBN 1-85410-928-6
  • Palm, Carl Magnus (2002). Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA ISBN 0-7119-9194-4
  • Palm, Carl Magnus (2004). From "ABBA" to "Mamma Mia!" ISBN 1-85227-864-1

Notes

  1. ^ a b ABBA's biography, page 2. www.abbasite.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-16.
  2. ^ ABBA drummer dies
  3. ^ ABBA, The Book Potiez, Jean-Marie; 15 August 2005; accessed December 2006; claims 410 million records sold as of 2000
  4. ^ It's ABBA on the phone making a lot more money, money, money Sherwin, Adam; The Times; April 19, 2006; accessed December 2006; claims over 750 million
  5. ^ ABBA drummer found dead in pool of blood. The Local (2008-03-17). Retrieved on 2008-03-30. “Despite having broken up a quarter of a century ago, the group still sells between two and three million albums a year.”
  6. ^ [1] Palm, Carl Magnus, page 527
  7. ^ [2] Palm, Carl Magnus, page 86-87
  8. ^ [3] Palm, Carl Magnus, page 110
  9. ^ [4] Palm, Carl Magnus, page 162
  10. ^ [5] Palm, Carl Magnus, page 112-129 and 135-6
  11. ^ [6] Palm, Carl Magnus, page 41-58
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Preceded by
Anne-Marie David
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1974
Succeeded by
Teach-In

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Abba is the Aramaic word for "father." The word occurs three times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6).
In each case it has its Greek translation subjoined to it, reading abba ho pater in the Greek text; abba, pater in the Latin Vulgate, and "Abba, Father" in the English version.
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The most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s, the origins of the Swedish superstars ABBA dated back to 1966, when keyboardist and vocalist Benny Andersson, a onetime member of the popular beat outfit the Hep Stars, first teamed with guitarist and vocalist Bjorn Ulvaeus, the leader of the folk-rock unit the Hootenanny Singers.
The next year, rechristened ABBA (a suggestion from Stig Anderson and an acronym of the members' first names), the quartet submitted the single "Waterloo," and became the first Swedish act to win the Eurovision competition.
In 1975, however, ABBA issued "S.O.S.," a smash not only in America and Britain but also in non-English speaking countries such as Spain, Germany and the Benelux nations, where the group's success was fairly unprecedented.
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