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All About ABBA - Pop Group of the 1970s
I grew up listening to the hit songs of the very successful Swedish Pop Group from Stockholm, Sweden. ABBA's songs were a rage with the teens. Each of their songs had a toe-tapping beat. When you listen to songs sung by ABBA you will find yourself up and on the dance floor.
ABBA's music is full of life. Their lyrics reached out to you and made you a part of their song. The costumes worn by them on stage were a one of a kind and unique. They were very popular, and the very best of a Pop group in the 1970's.
ABBA - The Swedish Pop Group
ABBA - Members of the group
The ABBA group was formed in 1972 in Stockholm by -
ABBA is an acronym of the first letter of the names of the band members.
"Ring Ring" was the song which became a huge success all over Europe. The lyrics were written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus along with their group manager Stig Andersson. It was translated into English for European countries and recorded separately.
The song "Ring Ring" became the number one hit in Swedish charts.
Success Story - Their first hit single
"People Need Love" was their first hit single. It climbed to number seventeen in the Swedish album charts and the singles chart. This song was very popular.
In the United States it ranked 114 in the Cashbox Singles Chart and 117 on the Record World Single's Chart.
This song was released by Playboy Records.
ABBA started recording their first album together in 1972
People Need Love - Live Performance by ABBA
Eurovision Contest Victory
ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest on April 6th, 1974, after having lost three times in a row. After this win ABBA went on a world tour and performed their hit songs.
The song "Waterloo" became the number one hit single in UK and Germany. In the US, it climbed all the way up to number six in Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. After the song Waterloo", "Honey, Honey" became a huge hit in the US.
Tour through Europe
In November 1973 ABBA embarked on their first tour through Europe. This tour did not do so well, as they had to cancel shows due to lack of audience. In 1975 ABBA released the studio album titled "ABBA". It became a big hit and the song "SOS" topped the UK charts. This song also became chart toppers in Germany and Australia.
In the United States "SOS" went on to become Number 10 on the Record World Top 100 singles chart and Number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
ABBA became popular in Australia after the music videos of the songs "Mama Mia" and "I Do, I Do, I Do" were telecast on TV.
Hit Albums of ABBA
Between 1976 - 1981 ABBA reached the pinnacle of success. In March 1976 ABBA released an album titled "Greatest Hits". This album became number one album in the UK. This album sold more than one million copies in the United States. This took the album to the Top 50 on the US Album Charts.
Germany released a compilation of ABBA songs titled the "The Very Best of ABBA" and later on, another compilation titled "Greatest Hits" were released. Both these albums topped the charts in Germany.
The "Very Best of ABBA" included the song "Fernando". This song became the number one hit song in thirteen countries. This single sold over 10 million copies across the world.
The group went on to release another studio album "Arrival" which was a hit in Australia and Europe. The songs "Money, Money, Money", "Knowing me, Knowing You" from this album became a great hit in Germany, UK and Australia.
ABBA - The Movie
In January 1977 ABBA toured Australia. After this, they went on a tour to western Europe. They had great success in both the tours.
"ABBA-The Movie" was released, after the tours were completed. This movie was the live recording of one of the musical performances of the group in Royal Albert Hall.
Their Last Performance
ABBA had many successful stage performances and album releases before the group broke up. Their last performance was on 11 December 1982 on a British TV Program "The Late Late Breakfast Show".
The songs are a big hit and is played all over the world, even today.