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More than 55 million people worldwide have seen Mamma Mia! The star-studded Mamma Mia! And lest we forget, Abba are still the only group to go on to make an international career after winning Eurovision. They say you should never meet your heroes as they usually disappoint.
He also looks exceedingly youthful for a man who turned 68 last week and has the twinkliest eyes. We discovered a friendship and started to work together. And then we met the girls. They happened to be great singers, one a soprano and one a mezzo. It just happened that we fell in love with two fantastic girls. The fact they could sing was a bonus. Agnetha, the archetypal Nordic blonde, was also a well-known folk singer. They met soon after at a concert and that was that.
On February 23rd,Elin Linda Ulvaeus was born. After Linda's birth, Agnetha spent most of the next decade trying to be with her daughter on a full time basis. Although it was difficult for Agnetha to manage two careers, that of mother and singer, time has proven that she did a splendid job.
It contained a compilation of all of her previous albums. He was going to pick a fast paced title. With a lot of thought and planning he came up with the title Waterloo which he felt could be understood and pronounced by those who did not understand English. So it was to be Waterloo.
The Swedish heat for the contest entry was on February 9, ABBA also decided to work on the visual part of their act. The director of the Eurovision orchestra was Sven-Olof Walldoff. He agreed to dress in a Napoleon outfit. ABBA's costumes were sequined and different from anything that they had previously worn. ABBA wanted Europe to remember this performance! In the meantime, Stig had Waterloo released all over Europe. In addition to Bjorn's lucky guitar, Agnetha brought a stuffed donkey and Frida insisted on wearing a big floppy hat.
The contest was held in the newly refurbished Dome Theatre. Waterloo won, champagne corks flew and the celebration was on for ABBA. A very bright future lay ahead of them. Suddenly they had all kinds of promotional work to complete. Within a few weeks Waterloo had reached 1 in six countries. In America it peaked at 6 on the Billboard charts.
May brought the release of the Waterloo LP. After all the success that ABBA had after winning the Eurovision song contest, they did extensive publicity for their album. They traveled to America and appeared on the Merv Griffin talk show.
On Sunday, November 17th,they embarked on their first tour. The first stop was at the Falkonerteater in Copenhagen, Denmark. They played to a sellout crowd. During the next 13 days they visited West Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Following this first leg of their tour they took a week off to go home to Sweden to be with their families. The next leg was to start on December 8th. They were to go to England for five shows. ABBA had not caught on with the English public yet and were considered one hit wonders by Britain's music critics.
The cost of the show would be astronomical for ABBA. The transfer of equipment alone was very expensive. Because they did not feel like they were taken seriously in Britain they decided not go.
The first two weeks had been disappointing with the exception of Denmark. ABBA were not selling enough tickets and were actually not making money, but instead going into debt. On January 10th,they started to tour Norway and Sweden. Success at last, there were sellouts at every stop.
During the summer they played at Swedish folk parks and were so popular that many people had to be turned away. This salvaged ABBA's losing so much money during their first tour. They were very popular in Scandinavia, now they had to prove to the rest of the world, Britain in particular, that they were indeed not one hit wonders.
The album contained 11 songs and was scheduled to be released in May. Since Agnetha and Frida only went to the studio to record the lyrics they were free to do more solo albums. Agnetha had co-written all of the songs along with Bosse Carlgren, with the exception of one song, S. In the meantime, Frida was also working on a solo album titled, Ensam Alone with Benny as producer.
June brought the worldwide release of ABBA. It was an immediate success in Europe. This enticed fans to buy the records at very high prices. The prices did not deter the eastern European fans.
Success in Britain was obtained by the release of the single S. It remained in the British charts for weeks. Mamma Mia was the breakthrough single in Australia. It sold overcopies in a country of only 14 million people.
ABBAmania down under was happening! The tour was to be two weeks long, but Agnetha was not happy leaving her daughter for that long of a period of time.
Linda accompanied her parents to America. The long flight proved to be a taxing experience for this three-year-old. Agnetha was not only enduring her dislike for flying, but was also being torn apart inside over not being a good mother to her child. In December ofAgnetha had throat problems. She was diagnosed as having tonsillitis. The holiday break enabled her to go into the hospital and have her tonsils removed. It was a hard for her to quit, but Agnetha decided to totally give up smoking.
Mamma Mia knocked Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody off of the charts after it was there for weeks. They were still not happy with the sound of the music. This began a tradition for ABBA, who were among pioneers using a new format, video. Videos provided ABBA the perfection that they wanted in addition to being a promotional tool used for telecasts. It also made traveling an option and gave the group more time to work on songs in the studio.
Frida's solo version of Fernando was such a popular hit in Scandinavia that Stig decided that it needed to be translated into English and recorded by ABBA. In less than a year they would tour Australia.
They were well received and they did a television show that attracted a larger audience than the moon landing in Most of this year was spent in the studio working on the next album Arrival.
June 18th,was a special day for ABBA. A gala was held where entertainers from all over Sweden would perform for the new Queen to be. ABBA was the only pop act that was invited to participate. They performed Dancing Queen for the occasion even though it was not written for this event.
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In fact it had already been announced as a release six months earlier. In November, Arrival was released. It was very successful. Earlier ABBA had announced a world tour which was to begin in They traveled to Britain, the United States, and Poland. ABBA's success behind the iron curtain was phenomenal. Arrival was enthusiastically received by music critics. The group spent the end of the year at home preparing for a very busybut an ugly rumour surfaced.
ABBA immediately tried to contact all of their representatives in record companies to quell this rumour. Before the beginning ofABBA assembled a group of musicians for the upcoming tour. Twelve musicians were selected. They were also busy assembling all of the equipment that would be needed for this event. Thirty tons of lighting equipment would be used during this tour. They were to be amplified through a 20, watt stereo speaker system. Another 40 people were needed to set up all of this equipment and to transport it around the world.
But for Agnetha this was not an easily made decision. Other people's lives had to be considered also. Other careers could be adversely affected. After talking, it was decided the best time for having the baby would be around Christmas. The tour would be over before Easter and the second half of the year would be used for working on the next LP in the studio.
This first part of the tour was a great success. News from America were uplifting too. Five shows had been scheduled. The show itself was over minutes long. ABBA used a helicopter sound as they appeared on stage.
They packed just about everything they could into their performance, leaving out few songs. This mini musical was a fitting end to their performance. It was theatrical and well received by the audiences. It was at this time that a movie featuring ABBA was being considered. It was decided that if everything would go as planned, the group would not tour in because Agnetha would be busy caring for her new baby.
This film would help if it detailed the 77 tour because no live appearances were planned for The film had been planned as a documentary and was already being shot in Britain. ABBA decided to include their mini musical in this film. When ABBA arrived in Australia, the most fanatical leg of their tour the decision was made to change the film from a documentary to a comedy.
Swedish film maker Lasse Hallstrom, who was also the director of their promotional videos was selected to work on this project. Most of the footage was shot in Australia during the first half of March.
Sydney, Australia was the venue of the first concert in the last leg of the tour. There were torrential rains and a lot of thought was put into whether or not the concert should go on.
The weather did not prevent most of the fans from arriving at the concert. ABBA did not wish to disappoint this audience so they decided to go forward with the show. All the precautions that could be taken were, but during one of Frida's dancing numbers she slipped and fell down. She was badly bruised but still went on with the show. The audience numbered more than 20, If ABBA had any doubts about how the Australians felt about them, they were already put to rest by this wet enthusiastic crowd.
Tickets were sold out at all of the remaining shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. An additional show was added because Stig did not want the crowd to be over 20, people because of safety reasons. He did not wish for any fan to be injured by too large of a crowd. It remained there throughout November. Agnetha was also nearing the end of her pregnancy. On December 4th, she gave birth to her second child, Peter Christian Ulvaeus, in a Stockholm hospital.
Four days after his birth photographers were anxious to get pictures. On the same day as the pictures were released in the British newspaper, The Daily Express, another ABBA-related story was released, ABBA had overtaken the Beatles in record sales worldwide and had topped record charts in no less than 32 different countries. There is a limit to what we can take in the way of touring, and just grab ourselves some relaxation and some family life will be pure heaven.
It was met with criticism, but proved to be a success. Take A Chance On Me was an immediate worldwide hit. Agnetha was busy with her children and Frida just relaxed. ABBA were present for this as well as being presented other awards for their recent record successes in England. I'm very pleased with the result. I really do appreciate the scenes with the children. Having children of your own makes such scenes really funny. It helped fans who wanted insight into ABBA's personal lives.
The vulnerable side of her personality is clearly revealed when she talks about the emotional turmoil that her divorce has caused. If I would find the perfect man, then I would get married again. Agnetha has pearl-white teeth and her hair is a crisscross of blonde curls. In a girly whisper, she says: I have phobias, sickening anxieties. That fear to go out the door is my biggest phobia.
I am able to handle some fears that I have, like my fear of flying. Before my plane takes off, I have a drink. When we are up in the air, I have another one and just before we land another one. A good friend of hers said: She never goes out. Her whole life revolves around working and her children.
I mostly spend my time at home, with my children. I read a lot and I compose songs that I would like to sing myself at some point. They also seem to be scared off by the knowledge that I have built a big career. The thought that I had to continue on my own, drove me crazy.
And it did affect me, when he met Lena. But when he remarried, I cried. It hurt a lot and it was so weird that he had found someone else so soon. She has thought a lot about how her life will continue after that. And to feel confident, I need a career.
We have stopped travelling with the group. Look at all the damage it has done: It took two years before we eventually agreed to get a divorce.
First, we went to a psychiatrist and he helped us to discuss our problems in an honest way. At the end of those two years of continuous talks, we were completely sure that we were making the right decision, believe me.
There was no tension, but of course there were tears. What do you expect, we had been together for thirteen years! And he was getting ever more jealous, without any reason.