ABBA

6 Aug 1974, ABBA scored their first US top 10 hit when 'Waterloo' went to No.6. 'Waterloo' was written specifically to be entered into the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, after the group finished third with 'Ring Ring' the previous year in the Swedish pre-selection contest. The original title of the song was 'Honey Pie'. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/artists/abba/ […]

Happy birthday to Bjorn Ulvaeus, born 25th April 1945, Swedish singer, songwriter, producer who started his musical career at 18 when he fronted the Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk–skiffle group. After forming ABBA in 1972 they became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Their first UK hit was the 1974 No.1 […]

Happy birthday to Swedish singer, songwriter Agnetha Faltskog from ABBA, born on 5th April 1950. Their first UK hit was the 1974 No.1 'Waterloo', followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums and they scored the 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen'. Her self-penned debut single 'Jag var så kär' was […]

17th March 2008, Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group ABBA, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He had managed to wrap a towel around his neck and […]

31st January 1976, ABBA knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with 'Mamma Mia.' Queen's single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Queen's single contains the famous "mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go" line. More on ABBA […]

Happy Birthday to Benny Andersson, Swedish musician, composer born 16th Dec 1946. In October 1964 he joined the Hep Stars as keyboardist and they made a breakthrough in March 1965 with their hit 'Cadillac', eventually becoming the most celebrated of the Swedish 1960s pop bands. With ABBA he scored the UK 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', […]

Happy birthday to Swedish singer, songwriter Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA, born 15th Nov 1945. Their first UK hit was the 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', followed by 8 other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums. ABBA are one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1967, Frida won the Swedish national talent […]

15th Sept 1946, Born on this day, Ola Brunkert, drummer with the Swedish group ABBA. Was a member of the Slim Blues Gang, Science Poption and jazz-rock combo Opus III before joining Abba. He played on every Abba album and toured with the group. He was found dead with his throat cut at his home […]

8th May 1976, ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with ‘Fernando’, the song went on to become ABBA’s biggest selling single, with sales over 10 million. And also on day Abba started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ‘Greatest Hits’ album. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/abba/ ABBA 25 Little Known Facts about […]

Happy birthday to Bjorn Ulvaeus, born on 25 Apr 1945, Swedish singer, songwriter, producer who started his musical career at 18 when he fronted the Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk–skiffle group. After forming ABBA in 1972 they became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Their first UK hit was the 1974 […]


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