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I created this blog to help share ABBA information with other fans and to show off my new collection items :)

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

ABBA Hit Number 1 In Australia With SOS ! 12 January 1976



ABBA performing 'SOS' on the Bandstand special in Australia in March 1976.



On 12th January 1976 ABBA hit number 1 in Australia with 'SOS' after being released here in November 1975.

'SOS' was the 5th single from ABBA's self titled 1975 album.

'SOS' marked a huge turnaround in ABBA's fortunes, most notably in the UK and Ireland, where it returned the group to the Top 10 for the first time since 'Waterloo'.

Reaching #6 and #4 respectively, 'SOS' started a run of 18 consecutive Top 10 hits for ABBA in the UK and Ireland.

'SOS' reached #1 in Australia, Belgium, France, West Germany (where it spent 7 weeks at the top), New Zealand and South Africa, and was a Top 3 hit in Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy (where it became ABBA's most successful hit), Mexico, Rhodesia and Switzerland.

The song also became ABBA's second Top 20 hit in the United States, peaking at #15 (due to the single charting in the U.S. before 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do', whereas elsewhere 'SOS' charted afterwards).

Some of the gorgeous picture covers from around the world.













Wednesday, 11 January 2017

ABBA The Movie At Göteborg Film Festival 2017




Gala Screening Of ABBA The Movie

Friday February 3rd the Göteborg International Film Festival celebrates it’s 40th anniversary with a gala screening of ABBA The Movie.

The red carpet screening at Grand Theatre (Stora Teatern) in Gothenburg will be followed by an ABBA party at the Kulturarena.

For tickets and information:

https://festival.giff.se/events/abba-the-movie



Mamma Mia The Party! To Be Exported !



Mamma Mia The Party On Export

Last fall, the show "Mamma Mia - the party" started in Stockholm and now Björn Ulvaeus hopes that the concept will work in the UK and Germany, Dagens Nyheter.

In "Mamma Mia - The Party" the audience gets invited to food and drink, and after the show there's an ABBA-themed celebration. Almost all the performances in Stockholm during the autumn sold out.

Now work is underway to find a venue in London to set up the show performances in the British capital 2018.

- This was such a success, I want to take it to London, but it has proved difficult to find a venue, says Björn Ulvaeus to DN.

http://www.svd.se/mamma-mia-gar-pa-export?ref=yfp 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

ABBA Photographer Torbjörn Calvero Passes Away December 2016



IN MEMORIAM: TORBJÖRN CALVERO

1949 - December 10th 2016

Sweden’s true rock photographer was without a doubt Torbjörn Calvero. His photographs were never over-arranged but rather reflect private encounters with the person on the other side of his lens. Torbjörn followed ABBA through their careers.

Torbjörn Calvero was born in 1949. His career as a photographer of artists began when he was still in his teens. In 1966 he took pictures of American singer P. J. Proby – it was the first time one of his photographs was published. This encouragement of his talent made him decide on a career in photography.

Torbjörn started socialising with Swedish artists such as Tommy Körberg, later one of the stars of Björn and Benny’s musical Chess. Tommy began using Torbjörn’s pictures for publicity purposes, while Torbjörn himself gradually became all the more popular with the Swedish weeklies.

In 1970, Torbjörn Calvero began taking pictures for Swedish record sleeves; his first such assignment came in 1970. This led to a successful collaboration with the major Swedish labels, and up until the mid-Eighties he photographed some 100 album sleeves. During the second half of the 1970s he also travelled regularly to the American west coast to photograph the mega-stars of the time, such as The Eagles and Emmylou Harris. His pictures were published regularly in Swedish weeklies.

Torbjörn took his first ABBA photographs in 1974 and was especially active with the group in the years 1978 and 1979. For example, it is his picture that adorns the sleeve of the Chiquitita single.

His fabulous little book of ABBA photographs and Limited Edition signed prints can still be purchased at ABBA The Museum Webshop here:

http://www.abbathemuseum.com/en/shop-en

Some of the photo sessions with ABBA with links:

1978 Studio session with tights - 13 images










































Friday, 9 December 2016

ABBA Album Reaches Number In Australia - 1975 !



Today in 1975, the ABBA album reaches number one in Australia, staying there for 11 weeks.


This was ABBA's third album release - second international release - and has the wonderful songs that shot them to the top in Australia - and finally around the world.

Hits include:

I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do - No. 1 in Australia
SOS - No. 1 in Australia
Mamma Mia - No. 1 in Australia

But it also contains other greats like I've Been Waiting For You, So Long, Bang A Boomerang & Rock Me - plus the amazing Intermezzo No.1.

This album went to Number 1 in Australia and was in the charts here for 65 weeks ! The only ABBA album to stay in longer was, of course, The Best Of ABBA.

Check out the Making Of The ABBA Album here:

http://www.abbasite.com/the-making-of-the-abba-album/


Following the Eurovision success of "Waterloo", ABBA saw the band gaining worldwide recognition. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" topped the charts in Australia, as did "Mamma Mia" shortly after. "SOS" and "Mamma Mia" became hits in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and two of its most famous songs. The album saw ABBA dabble into reggae with "Tropical Loveland" and includes a grand pseudo-classical keyboard instrumental in the traditions of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman with "Intermezzo No. 1" (early working title: "Mama").

Pictures for the 'ABBA' LP sleeve were taken in the lobby at the Castle Hotel in Stockholm. One of the photos from this session features on the back of the album cover.
Today the hotel's name is "Riddargatan".

According to photographer Ola Lager, the photograph on the front of the glamorous sleeve was taken a couple of roads away from Polar Music offices at Baldersgatan.



Thursday, 1 December 2016

Frida In Las Vegas With Olivia ! November 2016

ABBA Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad attends Olivia Newton-John “Summer Nights” at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Spotted Tuesday night at Olivia Newton-John’s show, “Summer Nights,” at Flamingo Las Vegas, was singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA. Following the show, Anni-Frid visited with Olivia backstage for a photo opp (Photo courtesy of Kodak for Caesars Entertainment)

How fabulous that Frida attended Olivia's show. They do go back a long way :)

 

 

 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

ABBA Virtual Project - Dinner With Simon Fuller In London !


ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus join Simon Fuller for dinner in London after it's announced they're working on a 'groundbreaking venture'

They recently sparked excitement among their fans by announcing they were reuniting for a special virtual project.

And ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus, 71, and Benny Andersson, 69, joined music mogul Simon Fuller, 56, to discuss business over dinner at Ristorante Frescobaldi in Mayfair, London, on Friday night.

The famous musicians put on dapper displays, with Bjorn wearing a grey overcoat covering a turquoise shirt as well as dark trousers, black shoes and a grey scarf.



Benny dressed in a black suit jacket, a grey sweater and white shirt. He teamed the items with black jeans and shiny black shoes.
The musician slicked back his mid-length locks and also wore specs and rocked a silver beard.



Simon looked in fine spirits smiling as he accompanied Bjorn to the eatery. He dressed all in black, combining a leather jacket with a shirt, smart trousers and Chelsea boots.



A full scale comeback might not be on the cards, but the pop quartet are set to give loyal fans the next best thing by reuniting for a ‘virtual digital entertainment experience’ in the new year.
The Swedish band have joined forces with Simon for the project, described as a ‘a groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual-reality technology … which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.’
In a statement released on Wednesday, Fuller explained: ‘We are exploring a new technological world that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn't have previously imagined,’ 



News of their latest venture comes 34-years after the band stopped recording as a group and four months after they reformed for a one-off concert at a private gala event in their native Stockholm. 

The group, comprised of married couples Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of all time after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
But after topping charts across mainland Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand South Africa, Ireland and the United Kingdom - where they scored eight consecutive number one albums - the band performed for the last time in 1982.
While never announcing a formal split, the group's retreat from the spotlight was believed to be prompted by the collapse of their marriages; both couples divorced in 1980.

Reflecting on their new project, Andersson said:  'We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here.
'A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.' 

Lyngstad added: 'Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new creation will excite them as much as it excites me!' 

Despite disbanding almost four decades ago, the group have maintained an enduring appeal thanks to their extensive back catalogue of hits, among them Waterloo, The Winner Takes It All, SOS and Dancing Queen. 
The enormously popular musical Mama Mia, which draws inspiration from the band's music, has also helped preserve their legacy while grossing for the £2 billion in revenue since its launch in 1999.
A film of the same name starring Colin Firth, Meryl Street and Pierce Brosnan was released in 2008.  
To celebrate the news, Google Play Music has released the most streamed ABBA songs globally. The top ten include favourites such as Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!