ABBA shot to fame with the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. No, they didn't win it, even though they performed arguably the strongest song - Waterloo
- but although they finished only in eighth place, they went on to take the world by storm.
English is the lingua franca
of the known universe, and since the 1950s, few singers and songwriters have risen to superstardom without it. All the band members were fluent in English, and all had had careers before it formed.
The core team was the songwriting talent of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, occasionally augmented with manager Stig Anderson.
The band comprised two couples: Andersson was married to Anni-Frid Lyngstad (in 1978, her second marriage), while Ulvaeus was married to stunning blonde Agnetha Fältskog. Neither of these marriages lasted, but during the decade that followed they were one of the biggest acts in contemporary music. The man from Songfacts
has a number of their titles in his database
, and there is of course an official ABBA website
, and more.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad is now retired from the music business - and officially a princess by her third marriage - but after ABBA, Benny & Björn as they are known, continued their songwriting partnership. With their ongoing success and the endearing melodies of the hit after hit they produced for ABBA, it was always on the cards that an ABBA museum would open somewhere someday, if only in cyberspace. This one though is in the real world, and was reported by the BBC
this morning. The Stockholm museum is interactive, as well as containing exhibits donated by members of the group.
No one would ever call ABBA a rock band
, but check out Eagle
from ABBA: The Album
, arguably their finest work.
As the girl with the golden hair said, "Thank you for the music".