ABBA Trivia


  • Trivia

    • The four members of ABBA appeared in public together on July 4, 2008 at the premiere of the film Mamma Mia! in Stockholm, the first time the four appeared together in twenty years.

    • The only member of ABBA not to be born in Sweden is Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

    • Heights:
      Agnetha Fältskog - 5'7¾" (1.72 m)
      Björn Ulvaeus - 5'9" (1.75 m)
      Benny Andersson - 5'9½" (1.77 m)
      Anni-Frid Lyngstad - 5'7¾" (1.72 m)

    • When questioned what group was most likely to succeed The Beatles' popularity, John Lennon named ABBA.

    • In November 2006, plans for an ABBA museum in Stockholm were announced. With the doors opening in the Spring of 2009, the members of ABBA have shown their full support.

    • ABBA have belonged to the following labels: Polar Music, Polydor, Atlantic, RCA, Universal, PolyGram.

    • In 1992, ABBA received an Honorary Grammis Award.

    • Birthdays:
      Anni-Frid Lyngstad 11/15/1941
      Agnetha Fältskog 4/5/1950
      Benny Andersson 12/16/1946
      Björn Ulvaeus 4/25/1945

    • The name for the group ABBA was created using the first letters of the names of its members: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

    • ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, in April 1974 with the song Waterloo.

    • Benny and Björn were nominated with Martin Koch for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Mamma Mia.

    • During the recording of ABBA - The Album, due to Agnetha's second pregnancy, Frida had to compensate vocally for Agnetha's absence in the recording studio on some tracks.

    • Both Benny and Bjorn met their future wives, Frida and Agnetha, when invited to sing as solo artist on a TV show.

    • Building on the concept of ABBA's 1982 double album The Singles – The First Ten Years, this new double-CD compilation collected every ABBA single as conceived and released by their record company, Polar Music, between 1972 and 1982.

    • ABBA's compilation album ABBA Oro was originally issued in 1993. The original version of this collection of Spanish-language tracks contained the ten tracks included on ABBA's 1980 album Gracias Por La Música.

    • ABBA's boxset Thank You For The Music was first released in Sweden on October 31, 1994.

    • ABBA's album More ABBA Gold was first released in Sweden on June 1, 1993.

    • ABBA's album ABBA Gold was first released on September 21, 1992. To date, it has sold more than 22 million sales worldwide. Making ABBA Gold has become the group's all-time greatest success.

    • ABBA's album ABBA Live was first released in Sweden August 18, 1986. Fans had pined for a live album for many years while the group was still together, but the band decided against it.

    • 1982 was ABBA's final year together as a group. They had originally intended to record a new studio album, like they had done almost every year since they first came together. But as the four members felt the energy run out of the group, they shelved these plans and instead decided to put out a double album collection of their singles from 1973 to 1982.

    • ABBA's The Singles – The First Ten Years was first released in Sweden on November 8, 1982.

    • ABBA's Gracias Por La Música was first released in Sweden on June 23, 1980. To facilitate a breakthrough in South America, ABBA recorded Spanish-language versions of "Chiquitita" and "I Have A Dream" in 1979.

    • ABBA's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was first released in Sweden on October 29, 1979.

    • ABBA released their Greatest Hits on November 17, 1975, and it was first released in Sweden. This compilation album was rush-released to counter expected import sales of similar collections released by licencees in Europe.

    • ABBA released The Visitors on November 30, 1981, and it was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in March 1981 and continued until November 1981. The Visitors was ABBA's eighth and final album together. It's considered their bleakest, but has emerged as a favourite among many of the group's hardcore fans.

    • ABBA released Super Trouper on November 3, 1980, and it was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in February 1980 and continued until October 1980.

    • ABBA released Voulez-Vous on April 23, 1979, and it was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in March 1978 and continued until March 1979.

    • ABBA> released ABBA - The Album on December 12, 1977, and it was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in May 1977 and continued until November 1977.

    • ABBA released Arrival on October 11, 1976, and it was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in August 1975 and continued until September 1976.

    • ABBA released their self-titled album ABBA on April 21, 1975, and it was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in August 1974 and continued until March 1975.

    • ABBA released Waterloo on March 4, 1974, and was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in September 1973 and continued until February 1974.

    • ABBA released "Ring Ring" on March 26, 1973, and was first released in Sweden. Recording sessions began in March 1972 and continued until March 1973.

    • ABBA's video for "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was voted the 59th greatest music video of all time in a Channel 4 (UK) poll.

  • Quotes

    • Agnetha Faltskog: (on the media's portrayal of her as one of having a recluse nature) It's a picture that the media has created as a punishment for me not showing myself enough.

    • Benny Anderson: Fans had better make the most out of 'Bjorn Again' because that's the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform!

    • Agnetha Faltskog: ABBA's last tour was a success but awful for me.

    • Benny Andersson: We don't want to write political songs. We don't want to turn our records into speeches.

    • Benny Andersson: (On drag queens performing ABBA songs) I don't get it... did we look like transvestites or something?

    • Ani-Frida Lyngstad: Benny and Björn, I suppose, already had an idea of which one was going to sing the lead. I mean, they knew perfectly well our ranges
      and which kind of voice they wanted on a specific song. And sometimes, I envied the choice of Agnetha, I must admit.

    • Anni-Frid Lyngstad: I had a dream and it was fulfilled by meeting with Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha.