Your Weekend’s Music: ABBA

May 13, 2016

Your Weekend Music: Here’s ABBA

For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and I are pleased to present ABBA, Sweden’s Greatest Singing Group, who burst on the music scene after winning the Euro-Vision singing contest and never look backed to become arguably the most popular singing quartet of the 1970s and 1980s.

Dr. Kamsiah and her Dental Team @Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, K.L

ABBA (stylised ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus,Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, and were the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.

ABBA’s record sales figure is uncertain and various estimates range from over 140 to over 500 million sold records. This makes them one of the best-selling music artists. ABBA was the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and on a lesser scale, the U.S. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band’s active years, Fältskog & Ulvaeus and Lyngstad & Andersson were married. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus–Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson–Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions including more introspective, brooding, dark lyrics.

After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), revived public interest in the group and the spawning of several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year.

ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010.–

We hope you will enjoy their compositions and their unique voices in harmony.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

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6 thoughts on “Your Weekend’s Music: ABBA

  1. While a student in London in the early ’70s, I watched ᗅᗺᗷᗅ won the contest “live” on British TV.

    Every time I hear an ᗅᗺᗷᗅ song, especially “Waterloo”, it certainly brings back memories.

  2. “Your Weekend’s Music: ABBA”

    Yes indeed, Sweden’s ambassadors…!

    “…Once Sweden’s second most important export after Volvo, Abba is still, more than 30 years after disbanding, helping to sell the country’s brand to visitors. The new monument to the group’s decade of dancefloor dynamite is timely, as Agnetha Fältskog, always the most retiring of the Abba four, has emerged from her Swedish island home to release an album of new songs.

    But my first glimpse of her is the 1978 Agnetha, all 1970s knitwear, high boots and pale blue eyeshadow, as the video for ‘Take A Chance On Me’ beams out across the arrivals hall. Then she’s full screen, eyes full of inky emotion, lips sticky with gloss, a bit tremulous, voice sliding magnificently from euphoria to anguish.

    Since Abba abandoned a half-finished album in 1982, Agnetha has mainly hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The catalogue of disasters includes two broken marriages and a series of failed love affairs, a road traffic accident in 1983 – when she was thrown out of the window of a bus on a solo tour – an accumulation of phobias, the suicide of her mother in 1994 and the persistent attention of stalkers, with one obsessive ruining her last album release in 2004 (her first since the 1980s) when his threats caused all interviews to be suddenly cancelled…” ––ending-seclusion-record-album-again.html#ixzz48XtwSAJ1

  3. I do believe all of the ideas you’ve introduced to your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very short for starters. May you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.
    Thanks, Richard, for your kind remarks. I will do my best. But I do have a problem about balancing length and quality of my postings and trying to choose topics and issues that are of interest to my friends like you and others.–Din Merican

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