Year 69 marks the meeting of the couples of ABBA. Agnetha
meets Bjorn and Benny meets Anni-Frid the two couples become
engaged and then marry, for finally divorcing. The team author
type-setter Benny & Bjorn met obviously a few years earlier,
in 1966. Although Agnetha & Anni-Frid contributed to the
voices of the choral society on the album of the men ' Lycka',
the common contribution of the two couples seemed very distant,
since it y have the disastrous test of a representation in
a restaurant of Gothenburg in 1970 under the name of ' Festfolket'.
is into 72 that the group was officially formed under the
name of ' Björn and Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid' and
carried out their first 45t. ' People Need Love', a n°17
with the hit Swedish parade. With the invitation in 73 to
propose a song for the Swedish selection of Eurovision, Benny,
Björn & Stig Anderson, the manager of the group,
came with the song ' Ring' Boxing ring. It finished in the
3rd place. But the four returned the following year with the
song "Waterloo", that which was going to gain the
first price of the eurovision, in Brighton, April 6, 1974.
Thus the name of the group became ABBA, which decides easily
in all the languages. The contest of the eurovision gave to
ABBA all that it was necessary to collect the international
attention and to be followed success. At all events, after
"Waterloo" was n°1 in England (n°6 in the
USA a first for a song of the eurovision) their success strongly
decreased. The song "Boxing ring boxing ring" reached
only the 32ème place, "So Long" did not appear
in the hit parades, ' I C, I C, I C, I C, I Do' was only 38ème.
The United Kingdom is an important market for the group and
they have to have many despairs. Then they carried out "S.O.S,
which reached the n°6, it was followed by 3 n°1 to
the hit of the 45t. - ' Mamma Mia, ' Fernando' and ' Queen'
Dance hall. After two albums reaching signal 30, the third
album called ' Greatest Hits' became n°1. in England.
In 1976 with the promotional turn D ' Arrival' was on the
way. Abba was continuously seen in photographs, interviews,
or appeared with the T.V.. the same year one saw a televised
series including a page "ABBA in Australia", "ABBA
in Poland, ' Studio 2 ', ' ABBA Of ABBA Do', ' ABBA Musikladen'
and thus the year was finished. In 77 the group prepared also
the turn of Europe and Australia. During this turn the group
interpreted in public a new series of 3 songs "entitled
' The Girl With The Golden Hair' the turn in Australia their
gave the advisability of carrying out a film, which became
later into 78 a large film" ABBA the movie ". '
Knowing Me, Knowing You' & ' The Name Of The Game ' become
n°1 with the hit English parade. The album "Arrival
was n°1 in England, while in the USA ' Queen' Dance hall
became the first and only the n°1 in the USA on"
Billboard Chart ". Year 77 became another year has success
for the group. The 45t. ' Take A Chance One Me' and the 33t.
' The Album' were n°1 in the U.K., ' ABBA - The movie'
pulverized the movie screens in the USA, one declared it to
me May 78, month ABBA. The group carried out appearance with
the TV and ensured an excellent promotion. May 78 also saw
the inauguration of a new studio of recording. The realization
of the 45t. ' Summer Night City' showed that ABBA could adapt
to the music disco music. The following year in 1979, showed
that the group was very occupied with the realization of two
albums ' Want Vous', ' Greatest Hits vol. 2 ', reaching the
n°1 and containing 5 45t. ' Chiquitita' (which was given
to the UNICEF in 79 international year of the Child), ' Does
Your Mother Know?' - with the voice of Björn -, the double
45t ' Angeleyes'/' Want-Vous', ' Gimme Gimme Gimme' &
' I Cuts A Dream' which missed the n°1 with Christmas.
There was also a special emission ABBA in Switzerland and
ABBA travelled to the turn of the world for the last time,
in the USA, Canada & Europe, finishing in Japan in March
80. ' The Winner Takes It All' was carried out during the
summer 1980 and became another n° 1, and ' Super Trouper'
followed its traces. The album ' Super Trouper became for
the group the sixth n°1 albums and later there was the
realization of maximum ' Lay All Your Love One Me' at the
summer 1981. There were not new editions before the end of
1981. The album ' The Visitors' established itself a number
1 and the 45t ' One Of Us' became a n°3. It was followed
by another 45t ' Head Over Heels' in 1982, the year or ABBA
celebrated to them ten year of common life. ' The Individual
- The First Ten Years' became the 8th consecutive album of
ABBA has to reach the n°1 with the hit parade of the albums,
and two 45t were carried out: marvellous the, skilful one
and intelligently arranged ' The Day Before You Came' and
the original last 45t ' Under Attack'. The following year
in 1983, showed one year very calm. A 33t compilation left
' Thank You For The Music', a collection of music of love
which was published for Christmas, with the 45t ' Thank You
For The Music'. It seemed natural that ABBA wanted to assume
a return towards the studios to carry out a new album. After
very any break was not announced, the group wanted to also
promote the careers solo with engagement with the group. Thus
Agnetha & Frida maintained their career solo since 76
and continued their engagement with ABBA. The careers solo
go and come and of compilations at low prices of ABBA were
realized since the middle of the years 80s and until A 1990
when Polygram International bought catalogues it ABBA. In
1992 it was the year of the resumptions of ABBA with ' Björn
Again' which showed a show in everyone, Erasure with individual
Cd ' ABBA-esque' & ' ABBA Gold Greatest Hits' becoming
the 9th n°1 with a n°16 ' Queen' Dance hall on the
hit parade these Cd individual. ' More ABBA Gold - More ABBA
Hits' followed en1993 with the BBC which showed with the screen
its own contribution ' A for ABBA'. Special a 4cd box was
carried out with autumn 94, ' Thank You For The Music' consisting
a hard box of 4cd more one book and including/understanding
Cd with new songs ' ABBA Undeleted'. There were also films,
' The Adventures of Priscilla - Queen of the Desert' &
' Muriel' S Wedding', with songs of ABBA in the music of film.
In 1996, it had limited edition ' ABBA there - Forever Gold'
including CD no-claims bonus with the piece ' Could One Your
White Sombrero'. In Mars 97, we saw the new realization of
all the catalogue of ABBA the 9 original albums of ABBA were
remasteriser digitalement, with 5 Cd including of the additional
titles. The remasteurisation of Cd Live included notes of