The Swedish singer and composer became a star together with Anni-Frid Lyngstad as the pop group ABBA’s front voice. From 1972 to 1982, the group had numerous legendary hits that took top positions in the international charts. Before that, Agnetha Åse Fältskog was one of Sweden’s most famous singers; z wipe 1967 and 1975, she released five solo albums, which had mostly died to compose himself. She celebrated her international breakthrough with ABBA in 1974 when she won the Grand Prix d’Eurovision de la Chansonin Brighton with the title “Waterloo”. With over 375 million records sold, ABBA became one of the most successful bands in music history. Even during and after ABBA, she continued her solo career as a singer and was also able to show significant success there. Her 12th solo album was released in 2013 with the title “A”, which went gold.
Agnetha Faltskog Biography
Agnetha Åse Fältskog was born on April 5, 1950 in Jönköping, Sweden.
Fältskog spent her childhood and youth in her hometown. She became interested in music at an early age, at the age of five, and was already writing her first songs at that time. At the age of seven, she took piano lessons and played her instrument. Five years later, she started her first band – she called them “The Cambers”. After completing school, she found a job as a telephone operator while helping out as a singer in the band “Bernt Engelhardt’s.” Singing brought her first professional recordings, for which she was able to perform mainly her texts. On September 17, 1966, she made her debut in the band. Her singing career had its first high point when 18-year-old Agnetha landed on the Swedish charts with her songs.
In 1968 she celebrated her breakthrough in Sweden with the hit “Jag Va Sa Kär” (in German: “I was so in love”). In 1968 she got engaged to Dieter Zimmermann. Together with him, she made vocal recordings from 1968 to 1972, but they did not lead to the hoped-for success. In 1971 she married the singer Björn Ulvaeus. During this time, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performed together. From this formation, the Swedish group “ABBA” was formed in 1972, becoming world-famous. In June of the same year, their first joint title, “People Need Love,” appeared, played successfully in Scandinavia. Together with Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Åse Fältskog acted as lead singer at ABBA. Agnetha sang in the voice of the soprano.
In the middle of the seventies, ABBA achieved its greatest successes. Titles such as “Mamma Mia”, “SOS” or “Honey Honey” testify to this. With their poppy songs, “ABBA” took numerous first places in the international charts. In 1974 the Swedish pop band won the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson in Brighton’s English town with their song “Waterloo”. This made the ensemble internationally known in one fell swoop. In the following years, the quartet sold more than 50 million records, making them the most successful band since the Beatles. In the period that followed, ABBA’s pop hits conquered the international charts. The wave of success even spilled over to America and Australia with songs like “Take a Chance on Me” or “Dancing Queen”, which even topped the charts there.
In 1979, Agnetha and Björn divorced. Together they are parents of two children. After ABBA’s dissolution in 1982, Agnetha Åse Fältskog concentrated on her solo career again. In her private life, she settled on an estate near Stockholm. In 1983 she recorded the track “Wrap your arms around me” and two years later “Eyes of A Woman”. In 1987 her last title was released as a solo singer, “I Stand Alone,” so she reached number one in the Swedish charts. In 1999 the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia” by Catherine Johnson was performed for the first time in London, and it was probably also a success with 22 successful “ABBA” songs. ABBA sold well over 375 million albums. Despite numerous and extremely lucrative offers, the group always refused to be on stage together again.
Her 12th solo album was released in 2013, entitled “A”, which went gold. On November 12 of the same year, she made her stage comeback after 25 years in a duet with Gary Barlow and the song “I Should ”’ve Followed You Home” on the BBC show “Children In Need Rocks”. In 2013 she was also awarded the SKAP 2013 Kai Gullmar Memorial Award by the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers for her “work in the past, present and future”.