The February page of my 2015 Abba calendar has this great picture of Frida and Benny during the 1979 tour...
On the 31st January 1976 Abba finally returned to the top of the UK singles chart when "Mamma Mia" replaced Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the number 1 spot. The top five selling singles in the UK that week were -
The single had been released almost two month earlier and had originally entered the chart at number 43 before making steady progress to the top of the charts. "Mamma Mia" stayed at the number 1 spot for two weeks before being replaced by Silk's "Forever And Ever".
The single would eventually become the 21st biggest selling single of the year ; "Dancing Queen" was the 4th and "Fernando" was the 7th.
Today I have been listening to a double album titled "The Very Best Of Abba" (see the images below) which from what I can find out was originally released in Germany and the Netherlands in 1976. The album includes the following tracks -
Earlier this morning I logged my pledge towards Carl Magnus Palms updated version of "Abba The Complete Recording Sessions" ; I would urge all Abba fans to do the same to ensure that we get to see the new version of this book...
Here is the cover of a magazine called "Disco 45" which used to print song lyrics to all of the biggest hits of the day. Although Abba are on the cover the only mention they receive in the magazine is in a postal offer to purchase a music sheet book for their "Greatest Hits Vol. 2" album.
On the 27th January 1978 Abba released their latest single "Take A Chance On Me" in the UK. The single reached the number 1 spot on the 18th February (replacing the Brotherhood Of Man's "Figaro") where it stayed for 3 weeks before being knocked off the top of the chart by Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights".
To mark the anniversary of "Chess" entering the UK Top 40 I thought I would share this image of some of the singles released from the album from around the world. My personal favourite is "Heaven Help My Heart" which should have been a much bigger hit in the UK than it actually was.
On the 26th January 1985 the "Chess" album entered the UK Top 40 album chart at number 35 - the album then spent five weeks climbing up the chart before peaking at number 10 w/c 2nd March.