The Swedish band ABBA was one of the most successful bands in the world during the early 70s to the early 80s, while giving us countless of memorable songs. Starting out in the early 70’s. the group was composed of two couples, whose given names make up the acronym name for the group; Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog.
Upon winning the 1974 Eurovision song contest with their hit song “Waterloo”, The band became an overnight sensation. Later, the band managed to maintain and expand their initial success and went on to become of the biggest pop acts of all time, with an estimated sales of $600 million. With devoted fanbase all across the globe; From the US and Europe to Australia and the far east, the Swedish foursome made history for being the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve such a colossal success.
ABBA was one of the hard-working bands in the music business, and it became famous for its lush arrangements and catchy, memorable hooks. However, inside the group, several tensions began to rise and in the end, both couples decided to split up but all four members chose to remain in the band. They went on performing, as usual, feeling that ABBA is bigger than its sums.
However in 1982, After a small session for the next album, The band decided to call it quits, leaving millions of fans stunned and broken. Although they were offered unthinkable sums of money for a reunion, they insisted that they are disbanded for good. The band eventually gained a cult status, and their music was featured in several 90’s movies while also being the basis for the romantic musical mega-hit “Mamma Mia”, that came out in 2008. Here are a few secrets you probably didn’t know about one of the classics pop bands in modern history.
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When Abba first started, the group initially decided to name themselves based on their initials into an acronym. The band then traveled under the name LUAF for five years, but eventually, They came to realize that the name didn’t sound right. After further discussions, the band members decided to use their first names rather than their surnames, and traveled under the name AABB for four months, before finally deciding on the name ABBA.