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A Brief ABBA Timeline
1966 - 1982
Bjorn and Benny's first song writing collaboration results in a tune entitled "isn't it easy to say". The song is later recorded by Benny's band. The Hep Stars, and included on one of their albums.
Agnetha and Frida meet for the first time on the television programme studio 8. On the programme they both perform their current singles. Bjorn watches the show at home - it's the first time he sees Agnetha
Bjorn and Agnetha buy their summer residence on the stockholm island of Viggso. Their summer house comes with an additional small cabin, which is swiftly turned into a song writing cabin for Bjorn and Benny.
The first ABBA album, Ring Ring, is released. The album quickly becomes a huge success in Sweden, battling it out with the English and Swedish 'Ring Ring' singles for the top three positions on Sweden's combined singles-and-albums sales chart.
Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida embark on a summer tour of the Swedish folkparks. Although they only tour on the weekends, they sometimes dash off three shows in one day and perform a total of 80 gigs in three months.
In the middle of the freezing cold Stockhom winter, Bjorn and Benny head out to the song writing cabin to come up with a tune for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. The writing sessions result in a number of songs, one of which is 'Waterloo'.
The "Waterloo" single is released after ABBA's Eurovision victory, 'Waterloo' reaches number one in at least nine countries. The song also proves its true hit potential by going Top Ten in the United States, where Eurovision is not broadcast.
ABBA appear on the BBC programme Top of The Pops for the first time performing 'Waterloo'. For ABBA achieving success in Great Britain which they regard as the home of current current pop music, is a dream come true.
A summer tour of the Swedish folkparks is scheduled to kick off this month. But due to the group's sudden international success, which entails traveling across Europe and giving innumerable interviews, the tour is cancelled.
ABBA conduct a two-week tour of the Nordic countries. The tour is a sell-out success. restoring the group's confidence as a live act after the half-successful tour of Europe the previous autumn.
'Mamma Mia' becomes the final track to be recorded for ABBA's new album. The song, which originally is not intended for single release, goes on to become one of the group's most famous songs.
In Australia, "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" hits number one on the singles chart. It is replaced by "Mamma Mia", which in turn is followed by 'SOS', meaning that ABBA occupy the number one position in Australia for 14 consecutive weeks.
The warm summer finds the Andersson/ Ulvaeus duo ensconced in the cabin, where they come up with ABBA's two biggest-ever hits: 'Fernando' - originally conceived as a Swedish-language song for Frida - and the global chartbuster known as 'Dancing Queen'.
ABBA kick off recording sessions for the Arrival album with a track originally adorned with the working titles 'Ring it in' and 'Number One, Number One', before finally landing on 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'.
ABBA appear on Dinah!, an American television show hosted by Dinah Shore. Shocked by the fact that Benny and Frida are still only engaged, she suggests that they should get wed on air. The couple politely decline the offer.
A spectacular helicopter flight by the group launches the British release of the Arrival album. The new long-player becomes a major global hit, reaching number one in at least 10 countries.
ABBA perform a concert at the Sydney Showground in Australia in front of a rain-soaked audience of more than 20,000. Despite the downpour the show is a raging success, with both band and audience giving their all to the occasion.
The first single from ABBA - The Album is released. 'The Name Of The Game' shows a new step in complexity for ABBA, but shoots straight to the higher region of the charts.
ABBA start recording sessions for 'Summer Night City', originally meant to be included on the Voulez-Vous album. However, alter several different mixes have been attempted it is decided to release the tune as a single only.
The Polar Music Studio opens for business. The studio has been custom-built and features every state-of-Me-ail recording gadget ABBA have ever dreamed of all in order to make the herd studio work run as smoothly as possible.
The Poor Music Studio has been open less than six months when Led Zeppelin becomes the first international act to use the facilities, recording their In Through The Out Door album on the Stockholm premise.
The videos for 'Does Your Mother Know' and 'Voulez Vous' from the upcoming album and filmed inspired by the disco beat of the songs, both videos are set in a discotheque environment.
The official video for 'Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)' is filmed at Polar Music Studio, showing the studio, ABBA themselves, their trusted backing musicians, and their invaluable recording engineer. Michael B. Tretow, to the world.
ABBA commence their tour of North America and Europe, wearing costumes in shades of blue, purple and white with the stage design, these colours were chosen to reflect a Nordic theme of ice, high mountains and glacier rivers.
ABBA's backstage preparations before their six sell-out shows at London's Wembley Arena are captured by a film team. These scenes are later included in the television special MBA In Concert, constituting a rare peak behind the scenes.
Bjorn and Berry travel to Barbados to write songs for the Super Trouper album. The trip is highly successful, and on their return to Stockholm the backing tracks for no less than five tunes are swiftly recorded.
At a spectacular event, attended by the bona fide circus performers as well as friends of the group, the video for 'Super Trouper' (the song) is filmed in conjunction with the photo session for the new album cover.
ABBA start recording sessions for 'Slipping Through My Fingers', a song dealing with Bjorn's feelings at seeing his and Agnetha's young daughter Linda growing up and away from him.
With marathon mixing sessions and the filming of the video for 'One Of Us', work on The Visitors concludes. ABBA's final studio album is released only a couple of weeks later.
ABBA record their very last songs. 'The Day Before You Came', 'Under Attack', and 'Cassandra'. All three songs are released as single tracks in conjunction with the compilation album The Singles - The First Ten Years.