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The group was founded by ABBA benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, musicians, authors and performers of songs. They met in 1966, at one of the summer parties and then decided to continue working together. At the time benny was a member of the group “the Hep Stars” (Sweden) on keyboards, and Bjorn was in the “Hootenanny Singers” – he was a guitarist and singer. During one of the concerts in malmö benny Andersson met Anni-Frid Lyngstad, a singer who was singing since the age of 13 in the different groups. She even performed at music festivals in Venezuela and Japan. At about the same time Bjorn saw on TV a performance of another singer – Agnetha Feltskog, who sang his own song. He decided that whatever was to meet her.
Legendary Quartet first met in full force in Stockholm, during the recording of the TV program, and in 1970 they began to sing together. Almost at the same time with their debut the album “Lycka” benny and Bjorn. It was a song performed in Swedish, and backup singers the songs were Frida and Agnetha. In 1971 the talented benny and Bjorn took a firm Polar producers. It was a coincidence – he died the previous producer B. Bernhar, a close friend of Stig Anderson, the Polar. Vacancy Stig invited Bjorn Ulveus, however, he agreed on the condition that he will work with his co-author benny Andersson. They even paid shared one at first.
The Commission is known to Eurovision song contest has rejected the candidacy of the group with the song “Ring Ring”, and in 1973, the month of February, they recorded the song in German, Swedish, English and Spanish. New hit very quickly gained popularity and topped the charts in Belgium, Holland, Austria, Sweden and even South Africa. And in March of the same year released the first album under the same title “Ring Ring”. In 1974 the Eurovision song contest in Brighton (England), the group ABBA with their song “Waterloo”won an absolute victory (by a margin of 20 to 1). This song was the beginning of a sequence unprecedented super hits – 18 consecutive top ten hits in Britain. Eight hits Quartet took first place. In 1976, it was the songs Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Fernando, 1977 – Knowing Me, Knowing You and The Name Of The Game in 1978 and it was a hit Take A Chance On Me, and in 1980 – songs, Super Trouper and The Winner Takes It All. In the lead was the band, it all started with a collection of “Greatest Hits”, which in 1975 was released in Sweden. Overseas achievements ABBA was more modest – in the month of April 1977 hit Dancing Queen just for a week topped the local charts. Three albums in the US has become “gold” to “platinum” lasted only “The Album”, 1977 edition.
The song Dancing Queen for the first time the Quartet has performed for the Swedish king, on the eve of the wedding in the Royal family in 1976. His first tour of Britain they committed in 1977, then a performance by a popular Quartet in the Royal albert hall, which can accommodate 11 thousand people received more than 3 million applications. Ended the tour in Australia, in the month of March of the same year. There was shooting material for a film about a band called “ABBA”. In Australia on 15 December was the premiere of this film. In its homeland the film the ABBA introduced in 1977, on Christmas eve. In 1979, January 9, the group ABBA took part in an organised UNICEF charity event in new York city, all proceeds from his single “Chiquitita” they gave to the organizers. Their first concert in North America was held in Canada, in Edmonton, it was 1979, September 13. This tour lasted until mid-November and ended in Europe.
In the 1981-1982 year, the group significantly reduced its activity. In December 1982 the band released the latest single, recorded in full. It was “Under Attack”, but the latest single is the song “Thank You For The Music”.
The popularity of the band was reborn in 1992, but like all the music in the disco style. All the hits of the popular Quartet have been published on two CDs by the company Polydor. Was published even cover versions of the hits, Erasure, the company issued a mini-album “ABBA – esque”. Around this same period, the group Bjorn again from Australia became popular using style and image and style of sound and playing of the band ABBA.
In the media leaked information that in 2000, the band refused the offer of performances around the world, “old staff”. For the world tour they were offered 1 billion dollars.