Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Abba Calendar - May 2014

A lovely picture of Agnetha and Bjorn for May in this years calendar...


The Guardian - Bjorn Quoted

In an article on The Guardian newspapers website Bjorn is mention in a piece which discusses music streaming royalties - click the image below to view the whole article....


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Collection Update - "The Name Of The Game" Sheet Music

The latest sheet music I have added to my collection is for Abba's 1977 single "The Name Of The Game".


Abba Mentioned In NME

In the current issue of NME Abba are mentioned in a section titled "Soundtrack Of My Life" featuring the actor Matt Berry.


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Abba Date - 27th April 1979

On the 27th April 1979 Abba released their latest single in the UK "Does Your Mother Know" - the single entered the charts at number 19 then jumped to number 4 where it stayed for 3 weeks.

Whilst sitting at number 3 there were two different number 1's ; "Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel (the largest selling single of 1979) and "Sunday Girl" by Blondie.


Friday, 25 April 2014

Abba Magazine #24

The 24th issue of the Abba Magazine was published during May 1980 and features interviews with Bjorn and Benny whilst they were in London prior to flying to Japan. As with previous issues the Abba story is re-told in cartoon format and there is also a two page "look-a-likes" section.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Abba Archive - Record Collector Magazine

Looking through one of my old Record Collector magazines I found an eight page article highlighting various solo material including pre-Abba releases, Agnetha and Frida's post Abba work and Chess.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Collection Update - Austrian "Eagle" Single

One of the latest 7" Abba singles I have added to my collection is the Austrian release of "Eagle" - from what I can find out the single entered the Austrian singles chart on 15th July 1978 and peaked at number 17 spending a total of 12 weeks in the charts.

In terms of other Austrian singles only "Summer Night City" (which reached number 18) and "Under Attack" achieved lower chart positions. However to end on a positive note "Nina Pretty Ballerina" peaked at number 8 !


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Abba Archive - Look In Magazine

After a recent trawl through some of my old Abba cuttings I found a copy of "Look In" magazine from November 1982 which featured the group on the front cover. The magazine included a two page article celebrating the groups first ten years and the song words for "The Day Before You Came".


Saturday, 19 April 2014

"Dancing Queen" Tops Misheard Lyrics Poll

The Telegraph and Daily Mail websites both ran stories reporting that "Dancing Queen" topped a poll of the most misheard lyrics - click the images below to jump to the full stories....


Friday, 18 April 2014

ABBA Magazine #23

Issue number 23 of the Abba Magazine was published in April 1980 - the front cover showed a picture of the group at Heathrow Airport in London prior to flying to Tokyo for the concerts scheduled in Japan.

The main focus of the editorial section was around the Spanish language album which was being previewed for Spanish and South American record executives at a music business event in France.
The magazine itself included three main articles, the first covered behind the scenes activities during the 1979 tour, the second discussed John Spaldings work for the group and lastly reviews and feedback from the 1979 concert from fans.

The on-going Abba story in comic book format reached part 8 which included the groups visit to America in 1975 and the Abba-mania in Australia.

Preview Of Abba Magazine #23

A few words of wisdom from Stig...


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Collection Update - ABBA The Folio

The latest music sheet book I have added to my collection is called "Abba The Folio". The book contains the words and music to all of the songs from "Abba The Album" as well as photographs of the group from that period.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ABBA Date - 17th April 1978

On the 17th April 1978 ABBA started filming the video for "Eagle". The single was only released in a handful of countries although it reached number 1 in Belgium and number 2 in South Africa.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ABBA Date - 16th April 1977

On the 16th April 1977 Abba's latest album "Arrival" hit the number 1 spot in the UK album chart where it stayed for 9 weeks. "Arrival" was the biggest selling album of 1977 in the UK and the 11th in terms of total album sales during the 1970s.

The album was also number one in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and West Germany.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Collection Update - Tate Modern ABBA Goodie Bag

Latest item added to my collection is one of the ABBA goodie bags which were provided during the event at the Tate Modern in London last week.