ABBA and Dancing queen
ABBA music and joy
Music is a wondrous gift for all to experience and when we allow ourselves to learn of an artist or band and listen to their music we can easily be influenced and affected in so many ways. I have found a love of music since I was a young boy when my mom would sing Peter, Paul and Mary, Elvis Presley and Beatles songs to me at night. I was fascinated by the words and the sound that came from the records that played on the turntable and it was a great time for music. I have listened to music throughout the years and have found each decade has a distinctive style all its own. I particularly like the music of the 1960s and 1970s when I was a kid. I also enjoy the music in later years and decades, especially the 1980s. For me music takes me away from the normal routine and allows me to enjoy and appreciate other aspects of life. We make connections with music and we become more worldly and learn important messages and meanings. We also learn self expression through the art of music and appreciate the beauty and the message that the artist offers through their song.
As a teenager I remember a song that played on the radio that I could not get enough of and every-time I heard it I would want to listen to it over and over again as it really made me happy and when I saw the band play it on tv it was like magic. The song I am referring to is Dancing Queen which was recorded in 1975 and released in 1976 in Sweden and released in 1977 in the US. I was 16 years old when I heard it for the first time and I was also noticing girls at that age and the combination of the song and the cute girls really had a big impact in my life. I also was in love with the women in ABBA as well. They were so talented and so beautiful and they made my heart skip a beat when I saw them sing and dance. They were pure magic on the stage and so cute. I remember having a crush on Olivia Newton John as a teenager and when I saw ABBA performing Dancing Queen, the song that really hit me emotionally I also fell in love with Agnetha and Frida too.
It seemed that ABBA was so influential and had such a presence in the 1970s and 1980s and I remember hearing hit after hit from them that I enjoyed almost as much as Dancing Queen though in my heart Dancing Queen is my favorite. As a fan of ABBA I wanted to have their hits so I would save my money I earned in my paper route and every-time my mom would visit the record shop I would ask her to help me find my favorite ABBA singles. I cherished those times listening to them on the turntable and enjoyed that I had control on when and where I could listen to them.
The group really had a wonderful way of performing together and they each had early success as performing artists in other bands and as solo acts. They each had crossed paths through their music and found a partnership together in music as ABBA and as couples which was very special. Their dedication and committment to their music and to each other was extraordinary and they became one of the most popular groups loved the world over.
Ani-Frid Synni Lyngstad never really got to know her mother as she died at the age of 21 when she was only 2 years old. Her father was a soldier in the German army during wartime who never played a role in her life as he resumed a life in Germany and was a soldier during WW II. She was raised by her grandmother and had contact with aunts and uncles. Ani developed an interest in music from her grandmother who would sing to her. When Ani was a young teenager she started to perform with a dance band and knew she wanted to pursue a life with music. Music was her solace and her inspiration.
Agnetha Faltskog grew up with a younger sister and started writing music as a young girl only 6 years old and started singing with friends at 10 years old. She left school at 15 years old to start a career in music and focused on a job and her music. She performed with a dance band headed by Bernt Enghardt and sang with them for 2 years where she found success and a following. She debuted as a solo artist in 1968 and in 1969 met Bjorn Ulvaeus who was also a member of a band and they collaborated together and became friends with fellow musicians Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) and Benny Andersson eventually forming as the band ABBA.
Benny Andersson developed an interest in music at an early age and as a young man after dropping out of school performed with a popular pop band from Sweden called the Hep Stars and he was active with them from 1964 thru 1969 before he was to be part of ABBA and the husband to Anni-Frid (Frida).
Bjorn Ulvaeus completed his studies and was educated in Business and Law at Lund University and had a military service record. He performed with a band in Sweden called the Hootenanny Singers and became friends with Benny Andersson eventually joining the band ABBA and marrying one of it's members Agnetha Faltskog. They raised a son and a daughter together before they divorced. Bjorn eventually remarried and raised another 2 daughters.
The 4 members of ABBA were all successful before they came together and they became superstars as ABBA having several hits and tremendous commercial success. They collaborated together, married, raised families, separated, divorced, maintained friendships, laughed together, cried together and created beautiful music together that lives on and has led to a play and a movie called Mamma Mia that highlights the music and the magic of ABBA. They performed together as ABBA from 1972 when they officially joined together until disbanding in 1983. Their hits were chart toppers and enjoyed by all who came to know ABBA.
My favorite ABBA songs are Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, Fernando, Voulez-Vous, Take a chance on Me, Knowing Me Knowing You, I have a dream, The winner takes it all, The name of the game, SOS, Thank you for the music and Waterloo. I can listen to ABBA songs day after day as their music is so beautiful and always makes me happy and brings me back to a day when I was a teenager and coming of age. I will always cherish those times and listening to the great songs of ABBA and watching them on American Bandstand. It was a glorious time in my life and Dancing Queen was my all time favorite song and still is and ABBA was the first band I felt a real connection to aside from the Beatles. I have shared ABBA's music with my son and he agrees that Dancing Queen is a favorite that we all enjoy listening to.
ABBA, Thank you for the memories and the music!
Edward D. Iannielli III