Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Frida Pics

Frida pictures taken during an Abba photo shoot in 1978...

Agnetha Pics

Agnetha pictures taken from a 1978 Abba photo shoot...

Mexico Chart

Abba's "Greatest Hits" album entered the English chart in Mexico in August 1976...

Collection

I recently added this compilation cassette titled "I Love Abba" to my collection - the track list is as follows -

Side 1
  • Cassandra
  • The Name Of The Game
  • Should I Laugh Or Cry
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • Chiquitita
  • Andante, Andante
  • I Wonder (Departure)

Side 2

  • Our Last Summer
  • I Have A Dream
  • My Love, My Life
  • One Man One Woman
  • Slipping Through My Fingers
  • Fernando
  • Eagle

Monday, 21 August 2017

Abba Pictures

Abba pictures taken in their studio in 1978...

Abba CD

This double CD Abba compilation was released in Germany in 2003...

Abba Date - 22nd August 1975

On the 22nd August 1975 Abba appeared on the German news program Drehscheibe where they were shown relaxing on Viggso - during the show the group were interviewed before performing "S.O.S"...

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Abba Date - 21st August 1978

More pictures from Abba's "Summer Night City" video which was filmed on the 21st August 1978...

Abba Date - 21st August 1978

Today in 1978 Abba filmed the video for their latest single "Summer Night City"...

Photo Shoot

A few pictures from the Frida photo shoot which was used for her single "I Know There's Something Going On"...

Chart Positions

Chart positions from around the world for Frida's single "I Know There's Something Going On"...

  • Number 1 - Belgium (3 weeks), Costa Rica (4 weeks), France (5 weeks), Switzerland (2 weeks)
  • Number 2 - Austria, Holland, Norway, Poland, Sweden
  • Number 3 - Netherlands
  • Number 5 - Australia, Germany, South Africa
  • Number 7 - Finland, Italy
  • Number 23 - Ireland
  • Number 43 - UK
  • Number 102 - USA

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Abba Date - 20th August 1982

Frida's single "I Know There's Something Going On" entered the charts in the Netherlands today in 1982 where it reached number 3...

Abba Date - 20th August 1979

Abba's single "Voulez-Vous" entered the charts in Germany today in 1979 where it spent 16 weeks reaching number 14 - this was the first Abba single not to reach the Top 10 in Germany since "So Long" in 1974...

Abba Date - 20th August 1975

Today in 1975 Abba were in Bremen, Germany where they performed "S.O.S" on the TV show Musikladen...

Friday, 18 August 2017

Abba Date - 19th August 1976

Abba's "Dancing Queen" entered the charts in Norway on the 19th August 1976 where it spent 28 weeks including 12 weeks at number 1 - the group only had one other chart topper in Norway ("Waterloo") whilst they were together although 8 of their singles reached number 2...

Abba Single

Abba's single "The Winner Takes It All" entered the English Language chart in Mexico in August 1980 where it reached number 5...

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...