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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 […]

4th April 2007, A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country's National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old had been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was "inappropriate". Under Swedish […]

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 […]

Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen turns 55 years old today. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that, “Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the ’80s.” Malmsteen was born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child of a musically-talented family. Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had […]

4th April 2007, A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country’s National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was “inappropriate”. Under Swedish […]

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 […]

25th January 1931, Born on this day, Swedish songwriter, producer and ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson. He co-wrote some of ABBA’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. During the 1960s he was one of Sweden’s most prolific songwriters, producing more than 3,000 published titles. Anderson died of […]


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