By John Tobler
Arguably the world's most renowned Swedes, ABBA--Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny, and Agnetha--delighted (or disgusted) track listeners with their too-perfect, chirpy harmonies within the overdue '70s and early '80s. This absolutely licensed biography enhances their maximum hits CD, ABBA GOLD, and includes over 250 pictures and a whole discography.
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This single became ABBA's second British chart-topper, although for some time it looked as though it might not quite be strong enough to displace the massive Christmas hit of 1975, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen, which had held the Number One spot for an amazing nine weeks. It wasn't until the end of January 1976 that 'Mamma Mia' finally managed to depose it, carrying 'ABBA' into the album chart in its wake. When the group came to Britain for a few days, Björn was obviously aware that they had made the decisive breakthrough, as he told one of the music papers: "This is the first time we've come over to England and met with some kind of response.
When the group came to Britain for a few days, Björn was obviously aware that they had made the decisive breakthrough, as he told one of the music papers: "This is the first time we've come over to England and met with some kind of response. " Björn also pointed out that in Sweden, the Eurovision success "was like winning the World Cup," and he mentioned the possibility of a UK tour: "We're waiting until British audiences really want us to play here. " 'Mamma Mia' was also the breakthrough single in Australia, where audiences became totally besotted with ABBA.
Despite this pessimistic turn of events, Stig Anderson remained convinced of ABBA's supremacy and backed them at 20-1, while Benny also felt it was worth a little flutter, although he wagered only £10 as opposed to Stig's £20... Due to the world's political climate in 1974, it was feared that there might be some danger to certain contestants, as a result of which everything surrounding the Song 31 Anni-Frid soaking up the sun Contest was protected by a heavy blanket of security; in particular the entrants from Greece, Northern Ireland and Israel were sheltered from possible demonstration, but in the event nothing occurred to disturb the smooth running of the gala.
Abba Gold: The Complete Story by John Tobler