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12 Interesting Facts About Abba

ABBA was one of the most successful singing bands of the early 70s
to the early 80s composed
mainly of two Swedish singing couples, whose given names make up the
acronym name for the group; Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny
Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. I suppose everyone from ages 40 up
could very well recall their past listening to ABBA songs and for
those aged below 40, they couldn’t help but appreciate the great
song classics left by ABBA.

    1.  The fusion of two singers-songwriters which was
considered the vital part of ABBA happened on a crossroad, at the
countryside. The bus with Benny’s group, the Hep Stars and the
Hootenanny Singers with Bjorn met up on the way to a concert/party.

    2.  Agnetha was a self-confessed Connie Francis fan and used
to sing and imitate her moves.

    3.   Anni-Frid Lyngstad was Norwegian by birth fathered by a
German soldier who was on assignment at Norway when he met Anni’s
mother which sprouted a relationship.

    4.   Ring Ring was ABBA’s first debut album released in 1973
but their phenomenal song which introduced them to the world was
the song Waterloo which they performed in 6 April 1974 at
Eurovision held in Brighton, a city on the southern coast of
England towards the east.

    5.   Winning the 1974 Eurovision could have been Agnetha’s best birthday gift which
arrived a day late. She was born on 5thApril (1950).

    6.   Eurovision just made things happen faster for ABBA
considering certain parts of the world were less interested in it
(US and Australia). Note that their first debut album Ring Ring
released a year before Eurovision initially met success.

    7.   Agnetha turned away from the public as an after effect
of fame after the ABBA split up  causing her to be treated badly
by journalists. Staying away from fans and declining interviews earned her the
title, “the new Greta Garbo”.

    8.   The distinguishing feature of ABBA’s music was made
possible through the genius of audio engineer Michael Tretow who
experimented with various recording techniques.

    9.   The Day Before You Came was the last ABBA song as
attested by ABBA’s audio engineer Michael Tretow.

    10.  ABBA’s second reunion in public after their split up
happened after 22 years at the Swedish premier of the film “Mamma
Mia” in 4 July 2008.

     11. As it was expressed in Bjorn’s very own words; “ ABBA
never officially broke up. In 1982, we just said we were going to
have a rest and that was it.”

     12. “Mamma Mia!”, the musical project Bjorn and Benny had
in mind was the very cause of the break from ABBA which eventually
led to it’s end. The origin of the phrase is Italian which means
“my mother” oftentimes an exclamation or cry of distress owing to
danger or being shocked. For ABBA, the shock from the parting came
quite a bit late. 

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