Friday, 30 June 2017

Abba Date - 1st July 1974

Today in 1974 Abba's album "Waterloo" entered the Australian charts where it spent 8 weeks reaching number 67 ; the album would re-enter the charts the following year where it reached number 18...

Abba Photo Shoot

One of the images from this photo shoot was used as the picture for July in my 2017 Abba Calendar...

Abba Calendar

Picture for July from my 2017 Abba Calendar...

Abba Vinyl

Just received the 25th Anniversary edition of "Abba Gold" on gold vinyl...


Poster for Abba's album "Voulez-Vous"...

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1976...

Abba Cassette

This Abba cassette, titled "Arrival Dancing Queen" (although I think it actually has "Dancing Queer" printed on the front cover) was released in Singapore in 1977 and included the following track list -

Side 1

  • Dancing Queen
  • My Love, My Life
  • Dum Dum Diddle
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Fernando
  • When I Kissed The Teacher

Side 2

  • Money, Money, Money
  • That's Ne
  • Why Did It Have To Be Me
  • Tiger
  • People Need Love
  • S.O.S
  • Arrival

Abba Date - 30th June 1979

Today in 1979 Abba's album "Voulez-Vous" entered the charts in Rhodesia where it stayed for 29 weeks including 5 at number 1...

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1976...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Abba Magnets

A few Abba magnets from my collection...

Abba Poster

This pull-out Abba poster was included in issue 36 of the groups magazine which was published in June 1981...

Abba Magazine 36

Issue 36 of the Abba Magazine was published in June 1981 and opens by mentioning the Dick Cavett TV special which was scheduled to be shown in the Autumn of that year. The magazine then goes on to discuss the Hockey World Championships which were being held in Gothenburgh for which Bjorn and Benny wrote some music.

The first main article in the magazine details a visit to London by Gorel and Anders Hanser. At the time Gorel was the vice-president of Polar and was in the UK to oversea the arrangements for the filming of the Dick Cavett TV special.

Gorel's husband Anders was the photographer who took many pictures of ABBA including a number of those which were included in the magazine indeed it was his photos which were used for the "On And On And On" video.

There is also an article on a singer from Norway called Finn who's album "Wake Up To Love" was produced by Benny. The piece also says that Finn represented Norway in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called "Here In My Heart".

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1976...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Agnetha and Frida cassettes from my collection...

Abba Vinyl

When Abba's "Abba" album was released in South Africa it was re-named "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - I suspect this was because the single had spent two weeks at the top of the charts...

Single Promotion

Here is an advert which was originally published in America for Abba's single "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"...

Abba Date - 28th June 1975

Abba's single "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" entered the charts in Rhodesia on the 28th June 1975 where it reached number 5...

Abba Photos

These pictures of Abba were taken in Stockholm in 1976....

Abba Date - 27th June 1983

Agnetha's album "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" entered the German charts on the 27th June 1983 where it reached number 13 staying in the charts for 26 weeks...

Monday, 26 June 2017

Abba Vinyl

This Abba single from my collection was released in Brazil in 1981 and included "On And On And On' on one side and "Super Trouper" on the other...

Abba Date - 27th June 1981

On the 27th June 1981 Abba's single "On And On And On" entered the Billboard chart in the US where it stayed for 6 weeks reaching number 90...

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1976...

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Abba Date - 26th June 1976

Today in 1976 Abba's "Abba" album re-entered the Billboard chart in America where it stayed for 12 weeks - the album had originally charted in November of the previous year where it spent 3 weeks peaking at number 174...

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Photo Shoot

One of the images from this 1975 Abba photo shoot was used on the cover of the compilation "Abba Collected"...

25th June 2011

On the 25th June 2011 the triple CD compilation "Abba Collected" entered the charts in the Netherlands where it reached number 18 staying in the charts for 15 weeks...

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1976....

Friday, 23 June 2017

Bjorn Poster

Issue 19 of the International Abba Magazine from June 1983 included this poster of Bjorn...

Abba Magazine

Issue 19 of the International Abba Magazine was published in June 1983 and featured a picture of Frida on the front cover and Agnetha (with Mike Chapman) on the back.

The editorial section included the following updates -

  • "Here We'll Stay" would be issued as Frida's next single
  • Frida had re-recorded the vocals removing Phil Collins from the track
  • Recording of Agnetha's solo album was in progress
  • Frida had composed five tracks for her next solo album

The magazine started with pictures of Agnetha recording her solo album and confirmed that the title would be "Wrap Your Arms Around Me". The article also included the titles of all of the album tracks including "Can't Shake Loose" which was written by Russ Ballard who wrote Frida's single "I Know There's Something Going On".

The next article was titled "Abba The Movie - The Story" which includes images from the film as well as a description of the story of the DJ attempting to interview the group during their visit to Australia.

The last major article includes a chart from Australia showing the all time Top 40 in which Abba were at number 1 with "Fernando", 3 with "Mamma Mia" and 25 with "S.O.S".

Lastly the magazine included an interesting quote from Bjorn ; "If there's one thing that haunts me in this business, it is that one day we will all be in our fifties and people will still be calling us Abba"....