It would take thousands of pages to write about Abba, what they did for pop music and how they influenced millions of our lives and still do. Here in part one we look at Abba for the first half of the 70s decade.
Great ABBA SONGS
All the group members were singers before becoming Abba in 1972. The Swedish group consisted of Agnetha Faltskog who was born in 1950 and married fellow Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus in 1971. Bjorn was born in 1945 and in the 200s was accused of not paying enough tax. The government came after him for 90 million Krona. He won the case and owed them nothing.
Benny Andersson was born in 1946 and married fellow Abba member Frida Lyngstad in 1978. Frida was born in 1945 and in 1968 won the Swedish version of New Faces a talent show.
Abba in 1973 had a minor hit in the UK called Ring Ring and written by Benny and Bjorn and translated into English with the help of Neil Sedaka. But it was 1974 when Abba exploded to a huge TV audience and won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest from Brighton with the amazing Waterloo. No. 1 in the UK and it gave the
Amazingly the next hit only just
Single wise in 1975 Abba had only a No. 38
This led to
interest in the group once again and the next hit got to No. 1 and has now become a legend, a film and a musical. Mama Mia.
Here is a documentary about ABBA the
- 1974 - won the Eurovision Song Contest on April 6 for Sweden for the song "Waterloo", a song that was written expressly for the contest
- 1974 - won the
GoldeneLöwe von Radio Luxemburg prize (Radio Luxemburg Golden Lion Prize) for Waterloo single
- 1975 -
wonWest German music prize Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for SOS single in a category Best Song of the Year