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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Abba

When the band formed, Benny and Anni-Frid were a couple, as were Björn and Agnetha. The band name is their initials as an acronym.

Abba had to ask the ABBA seafood company, which produces marinated herrings, to share their name. The firm said, 'they were not to harm ABBA's good reputation.'

Abba aren't all Swedes. Anni-Frid Lyngstad was born in the Norwegian village of Bjørkåsen on November 15, 1945 to a Norwegian mother and German soldier father — the result of a Nazi project to ‘enrich’ the Aryan gene pool. Her mother and grandmother were branded as traitors and ostracised in their home village in Norway, and were forced to flee to Sweden.

Agnetha was just 17-years-old when she had her first number one record in Sweden. It was her debut single "Jag Var Så Kär" ("I Was so In Love"), which she also wrote.
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Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest singing Waterloo on April 6, 1974, launching their international career. Their first attempt to sing for Sweden had ended in failure the previous year. The act that did represent the country in 1973, Nova and The Dolls, came fifth.

ABBA on Dutch TV in April 1974. By AVRO - Beeld En Geluid Wiki - Gallerie: Toppop 1974, Wikipedia Commons 

In 1973, Abba promoted Semper’s baby food, and it was Björn and Agnetha’s daughter Linda who debuted in this advert.

When ABBA was active, only the Volvo car company made more money in Sweden.

S.O.S. by ABBA was the only Top 20 hit in history in which the title of the song and the name of the artist are both palindromes - they spell the same thing forward and backward.

When ABBA toured America for the first and only time, they visited the White House. They met there President Carter's daughter Amy, who was a big fan.

Anni-Frid is now officially Princess Reuss of Plauen, having married a German prince, who died in 1999.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad during the opening of ABBA: The Museum in 2013. By Frankie Fouganthin 

As at January 2012, ABBA were the fourth best-selling artists in the world after The Beatles, Elvis and Michael Jackson.

Sources Abba Artistfacts, Event magazine, Daily Mail

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