ABBA

Sunday, April 30, 2006







In August 1976 ABBA filmed ads for the Japanese company National.
Five adverts would be made out of all the footage of the ABBA members with radio's and kitchen suplies.
Everything was filmed on several locations in Stockholm and the song Fernando was used. It was made into a one minute version with new lyrics about National: There is so much more to National...
The ads would be shown in Australia and the deal would finance part of ABBA's Australian tour in 1977.
These printed ads and pics (taken during the filming) were also used to promote National.

Saturday, April 29, 2006




In November 1978 ABBA were in Japan for promotion. The band was one of the few Western acts being popular there: they even had three albums in the Top 20!
ABBA would stay ten days and those were very hectic: a press conference, several radio shows, interviews and taping an ABBA special for Japanese tv. They did some songs live and mimed others while hilarious balletdancers took over the stage.
A new song was presented as well: If It Wasn't For The Nights. More work would be done on this song since the version released on the forthcoming album was slightly different.
The pics show ABBA talking to the press and the page is from a Japanese magazine.

Friday, April 28, 2006




No ABBA album took so long to record than Voulez Vous; ABBA's must funky album.
First recordingsessions were in late April 1978 and the songs that were worked on first were Lovelight (which did not even make the album) and Lovers (Live A Little Longer).
In February 1979 Bjorn and Benny were in Miami and recorded a backingtrack with US band Foxy. This would become the titletrack Voulez Vous.
Last recordings took place late March 1979 and the album was released on April 23rd 1979.
These pics were taken during the session for the album cover at Alexandra Disco in Stockholm in 1979.

Thursday, April 27, 2006






After visiting Poland ABBA went to the US in October 1976 to do several tv shows like the Tony Orlanda Show and the Dinah Shore show.
Their current hit was Fernando and it was a number 13 hit. SOS and I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do had both been number 15 and only Waterloo had made Top 10: number 6.
The band would never make it really big in the US and knew that promoting and touring in the US would be the only way up but the members were just not prepared to do that.
These pics show ABBA in sunny Beverly Hills California in October 1976. The magazine TV Times is an Australian one.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006






On November 27th 1980 ABBA would perform on Show Express in Germany but the band members were under police protection due to some letters arriving at Polar with threats of kidnapping. Of course the police took these letters very serious and adviced ABBA to not leave Sweden.
So the performance would take place in Sweden with the help of a satelite connection with Germany while the studio was guarded by a dozen policemen.
The ABBA members seemed very calm and relaxed during the performance and the following interview.
A pic taken that day would later end op on a Brazilian record.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006






1978 was the only year in ABBA's career without a new album.
The Album was released in Sweden late 1977 but the rest of the world had to wait until January 1978 because demand was so high that more time was needed to produce all these records.
The Album and The Movie were both promoted by the band and after that the production for a new album started but it went less smooth and a Christmas 1978 release would not happen.
A new single was released early September: Summer Night City. Bjorn and Benny were not satisfied with the song but the band wanted to release new material and it did pretty well: a number 1 hit in Sweden.
These lesser known pics with Agnetha and Frida showing a lot of leg were taken in this very year.

Monday, April 24, 2006



Before ABBA actually became ABBA the four members worked together on each others records and when they finally worked as a foursome they were first called Bjorn, Benny & Agnetha, Frida (on the Ring Ring album in 1973). A year later they went with Bjorn, Benny, Anna and Frida but won Eurovision as ABBA.
Although Frida had recorded as Anni-Frid Lyngstad she was called Frida and would use that name on her 1975 Ensam album.
Agnetha was known in Sweden as Agnetha Faltskog but she was called Anna for a while since that was easier to pronounce for non-Swedes.
Here the foursome are having a great time at a party in the year they became ABBA, 1974.

Sunday, April 23, 2006




1976 was one of the best ABBA years and the band had hits worldwide.
For instance in Australia ABBA had 6 hits: Ring Ring (number 7), Fernando (1 for 14 weeks), Rock Me (4), Dancing Queen (1 for 8 weeks) and Money Money Money (1 for 6 weeks).
And in Germany ABBA had 3 singles in 1976 and all went to number 1: Fernando (7 weeks), Dancing Queen (1 week) and Money Money Money (5 weeks).
The pics show ABBA in 1976: also one magazinecover from Germany (1977) and the part of an UK cover.

Saturday, April 22, 2006






During the 1979 tour ABBA performed 24 songs and had back up singer Tomas Ledin featured on one song as well.
The concerts would take off with 3 songs from ABBA's current album: Voulez Vous, If It Wasn't For The Nights and As Good As New (where Bjorn introduced Agnetha as being still as good as new...).
The encores of the show were Dancing Queen and Waterloo and a new song called The Way Old Friends Do. This song would end up on ABBA's 1980 album.
The pics show ABBA during several concerts while performing the song.

Friday, April 21, 2006







In the summer of 1977 the ABBA members were working on two projects: The Album (record) and The Movie (film).
While the concert scenes had been filmed in Australia all the other scenes were filmed in and around Stockholm like the picnic scene that was filmed on Lovon island.
Pictures of this scene were published widely and also used for filmposters like this one from Belgium.
In Germany the same picture was used as in Belgium but actor Robert Hughes was cut out of the picture!

Thursday, April 20, 2006





In January 1975 ABBA went on recording songs for the forthcoming album ABBA.
Several songs had already been recorded in 1974: So Long (had already been released as a single in November 1974), I've Been Waiting For You (B-side of So Long), Man In The Middle and SOS to name a few.
In 1975 Bang-A-Boomerang, Tropical Loveland, Mamma Mia, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do would be added and the album was finished and released on April 21st 1975.
One song called Crazy World would not be released; some work would be done on it in 1976 and it eventually ended up as a single B-side.
These pics show ABBA and their fashion, early 1975.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006



1974 was a busy year for ABBA. After winning the Eurovision Songcontest in April they did a lot of promotion all over Europe and went to the USA for the first time in September. Waterloo had been a top 10 hit there.
In between the bandmembers were also working on soloprojects: Frida with Benny on her solorecord, Agnetha with Bosse Carlgren on her soloalbum and Bjorn and Benny were producing an Hootenanny Singers album.
And in late August the band started working on their own forthcoming album.
These pics show the ABBA members in 1974.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006





Benny called Knowing Me Knowing You one of ABBA's five best recordings and it is a favorite among fans as well.
Recordings for this Frida led song started March 23rd 1976 and had two workingtitles: Ring It In at first and later Number One Number One.
It was released as a single in February 1977 and became a hit worldwide: number 1 in Germany, Ireland, UK, South Africa and Mexico. Number 2 in Belgium, Canada and Austria, number 3 in Holland and Switzerland and so on.
The sleeve pic of the single (like this one from Hungary; notice the logo) was taken late 1976 showing the ABBA members in a cuddly mood.

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