Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Remembering ABBA!



They were from Sweden. You don't usually associate Sweden with English pop music.

Yet, ABBA was one of the best selling artists of the 1970's.

ABBA were two guys and two gorgeous girls, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

Who cares about the two guys when two cute girls are in front of the band?

I didn't care.

I learned later that Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the two guys, were composers and arrangers too.

Who cares? I was busy watching the cute girls!

My introduction to ABBA was "I do I do I do".

It sounded a lot like Pat Boone's "Love letters in the sand" but it was OK.

After all, the two ABBA girls were a lot more interesting to look at than Pat Boone!

Eventually, I became a fan because of great songs:

like "Chiquitita",

the very inspiring "I have a dream",

the great mystery of "Fernando",

the bouncy melody of "Super Trouper"; and last but not least,

a great love song like "The winner takes it all".

ABBA faded fast in the 1980s. I have not seen them recently. Yet, they were great for a 5-7 year stretch about 25 years ago!




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