Friday, 18 August 2017

Abba Pictures

Abba photographed in Benny's new boat during the summer of 1978...

Benny Article

The Variety website includes an article on Benny's new album - to read the whole article click here...

Abba Date - 18th August 1981

On the 18th August 1981 Frida filmed the first of four variety TV shows titled "Lite Grand I Orat" - during each show Frida and Claes Af Geijerstam sang an opening number as well as presenting the other acts - the first of these shows was broadcast on the 18th September.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Agnetha Vinyl

Agnetha's album "Eyes Of A Woman" on coloured vinyl...

Abba Date - 17th August 1965

Today in 1965 the Hep Stars single "Donna" entered the charts in Sweden where it reached number 14...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Abba Date - 17th August 1974

Abba's second album "Waterloo" entered the Billboard chart in America today in 1974 where it spent 8 weeks reaching number 145...

Abba Charts

Abba's single "Does Your Mother Know" ("Lo Sabe Tu Mama") entered the English speaking chart in Mexico in August 1979 where it reached number 17...

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1980 - one of the pictures from this session was used on the cover of "Lay All Your Love On Me" in some countries...

Abba Magazine

Issue 9 of the International Abba Magazine was published in August 1982 - to read the articles from this issue click here...

Photo Shoot

Another Abba photo shoot from 1978...

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Abba Date - 16th August 1979

On the 16th August 1979 Abba's "Does Your Mother Know" entered the charts in Rhodesia where it reached number 9 staying in the charts for 10 weeks...

Abba Date - 16th August 1976

Today in 1976 Abba's "Dancing Queen" entered the Australian charts where it stayed for 25 weeks including 8 weeks at number 1. The group had seven of their singles in the end of year chart in the following positions -

  • Number 1 - "Fernando"
  • Number 3 - "Dancing Queen"
  • Number 7 - "Money, Money, Money"
  • Number 14 - "Rock Me"
  • Number 16 - "S.O.S"
  • Number 28 - "Mamma Mia"
  • Number 49 - "Ring Ring"

It may seem as if "S.O.S" and "Mamma Mia" are a little low down the 1976 chart however they were actually released the previous year - in the 1975 year end chart "Mamma Mia" was the 3rd biggest seller.

Poster

Abba The Movie poster...

Monday, 14 August 2017

Abba Magazine

Issue 30 of the International Abba Express fanzine was published in August 1994 - to read the full magazine click here...

Abba Date - 15th August 1983

Agnetha's single "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" entered the Austrian charts today in 1983 where it peaked at number 20...

Abba Date - 15th August 2009

The compilation album "Classic Abba" entered the charts in Australia today in 2009 - the tracks included on this collection were as follows -

  • Thank You For The Music
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Fernando
  • One Of Us
  • Angel Eyes
  • The Day Before You Came
  • Eagle
  • So Ling
  • Why Did It Have To Be Me?
  • Ring Ring
  • The Way Old Friends Do
  • Slipping Through My Finders
  • Hasta Manana
  • Our Last Summer
  • My Love, My Life
  • If It Wasn't For The Night
  • People Need Love
  • Happy New Year

Abba Article

Billboard have just published a list of their favourite 15 Abba songs ; it's a good read however I am not sure that I would have included "Does Your Mother Know" and excluded "The Winner Takes It All" - to read the article click here....

 

Abba Pictures

One of the images from this Abba photo shoot from 1975 was used as the cover for the single "S.O.S" in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Abba Date - 15th August 1975

On this day in 1975 Abba's single "S.O.S" entered the charts in Switzerland where spent 18 weeks peaking at number 3 - other singles to reach that position on the Swiss chart include "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "Take A Chance On Me" and "The Winner Takes It All".

Frida Vinyl

Frida's album "Shine" on green vinyl...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Abba Pictures

Abba in the studio together in 1978...

Abba Date - 14th August 1976

Abba's single "Dancing Queen" entered the charts in the Netherlands today in 1976 where it would stay for 15 weeks including 5 weeks at number 1 - this was the second of three chart toppers in a row for Abba with "Fernando" and "Money, Money, Money" also reaching number 1. After these three singles it would be 1979 before Abba would have another number 1 in the Netherlands with "Chiquitita".

French Vinyl

In August 1979 Abba's "Voulez-Vous" (with the b-side "Does Your Mother Know") was released in France as a 12" single in red, green and blue vinyl...

Abba Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1978...

Saturday, 12 August 2017

13th August 1968

The Hep Stars latest single "Det Finns En Stad" entered the charts in Sweden on the 13th August 1968 where it reached number 19...

Abba Date - 13th August 1976

Abba's single "Dancing Queen" entered the charts in Switzerland today in 1976 where it stayed for 17 weeks reaching number 3 - other Abba singles to reach number 3 in Switzerland include "S.O.S", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "Take A Chance On Me" and "The Winner Takes It All".

Abba Date - 13th August 1974

On the 13th August 1974 Abba were in the UK where they recorded a performance of "Ring Ring" on The Tommy Cooper Hour which was broadcast on the 27th November.

Abba Advert

Various pictures of Abba taken during the filming of the National adverts in August 1976...

Abba Advert

Two of the National adverts featuring Abba from 1976...

Abba Advert

More pictures from the 1976 Abba adverts for National...

Abba Advert

In August 1976 Abba filmed some TV adverts for the National company highlighting their hi-fi and electronic equipment...

Friday, 11 August 2017

Podcast

This morning I started listening to the latest podcast from Rock Solid which is titled "The Music Of Abba" - during the episode the team are reviewing each of the groups albums picking the best (and occasional worst) tracks from each. At this point I am about half way through the episode at the point where they have started to discuss Abba's "Arrival" album...

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1978...

Abba Single

In August 1973 Abba's (or as they were called on the cover of the single "Bjorn & Benny with Frieda & Abba") "People Need Love" was released in France...

Vinyl

Currently listening to the coloured vinyl re-issue of Bjorn and Benny's album "Lycka"...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Chart Positions

The table below shows chart positions for Abba's single "The Winner Takes It All" from various countries around the world...

  • Number 1- Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa, UK
  • Number 2- Finland, Sweden, Portugal
  • Number 3 - Austria, Norway, Switzerland
  • Number 4 - Germany, Zimbabwe
  • Number 5 - France, Mexico (English Chart)
  • Number 7 - Australia, Italy
  • Number 10 - Canada, Spain
  • Number 16 - New Zealand
  • Number 33 - Japan

Abba Vinyl

12" collectors edition of Abba's "The Winner Takes It All" which included a pop-up picture of the group...

Photo Shoot

Abba photo shoot from 1978...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Abba Lyrics

Lyrics to Abba's 1981 single "Lay All Your Love On Me"...

Vinyl

Abba's "Lay All Your Love On Me" on pink vinyl 12" which was released in Brazil in 1981...

Belgium Chart

In August 1981 Abba released the 12" maxi-single of "Lay All Your Love On Me" in Belgium where it reached number 14 ; at this point the group had a run of seven number 1 singles in a row (from "Chiquitita" to "Super Trouper") and it was the first single not to reach the Top 10 in Belgium since "So Long" in 1975 which peaked at number 29.

Bootleg CD

This bootleg Abba CD was released in Germany in 1992 and included the following tracks -

  • Inga Theme
  • Santa Rosa
  • Ah Vilka Tider
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Ring Ring (early version)
  • Honey Honey (Swedish version)
  • Waterloo (Germany version)
  • Crazy World
  • Love light
  • Elaine
  • Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
  • Felicidad
  • Should I Laugh Or Cry
  • No Hay A Queen Culpar
  • Se Me Esta Escapando
  • You Owe Me One

Monday, 7 August 2017

Pictures

A few pictures of Abba in the studio in 1978...

Vinyl

Playing the coloured vinyl re-issue of Frida's album "Something's Going On"...