ABBA was a Swedish pop group that made music history from 1972 to 1982. Thirty years after their active days, the band still has international cult status. Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson hid behind the acronym ABBA. Originally they sang both women only the background lyrics.
ABBA’s international breakthrough came when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton in 1974 with ” Waterloo. ” Benny and Björn had composed the song together. The lyrics came from the pen of their manager Stig Anderson. In the years that followed, one global hit followed the next. The band caused a sensation with their colorful flower power wardrobe and their particularly sophisticated and technically innovative music production. After ABBA sang “Dancing Queen” at the Swedish royal couple’s wedding on June 18, 1976, this title climbed to number 1 in the US charts as the only one in the band’s history. By 1982, ABBA had sold 180 million records. That puts the band after the Beatles the most successful in the history of the record industry.
Björn and Agnetha were married from 1972-1978 and had two children together. Benny and Frida were dating from 1969 and a married couple from 1978-1981. The personal relationship problems made the musical cooperation increasingly tricky so that the four band members went their separate ways again from 1982.
Did you know that
The band was never officially dissolved.
In Australia, an ABBA TV show had higher ratings than the first moon landing.
Agnetha suffers from massive fear of flying.
Frida is the daughter of a German Wehrmacht soldier. She thought her father was dead for a long time and only got to know him after the German Bravo published her story in 1977.
Björn and Benny were producers for US5.
In 2000, the band members turned down a revival world tour to have received $ 1 billion.