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Abba

Benny Andersen is born in Vangede, Denmark. He will find success as a song-writer, poet, author, composer and pianist. He is said to be the most widely read, most often sung and best loved of modern Danish lyricists. NB. He should not be confused with Benny Andersson from Abba!
Bjorn Ulvaeus is born in Gothenburg, Sweden. he will find fame as a songwriter, singer and guitarist with Abba.
Michael Putland is born in Harrow, England, UK, Europe. Mr. Putland, aka Mike Putland, will become one of the world's top rock photographers, working with Abba, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, George Michael, The Cure, Georgie Fame, Frank Zappa and numerous others.
Edwin Shirley is born in Cranbrook, Kent, England, UK, Europe. He will find success as a rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles will transport equipment for artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson.
Agnetha Faltskog is born in Jonkoping, Sweden, Europe. She will find international fame as vocalist Agnetha of Abba.
The Hep Stars record Bald Headed Woman and Lonesome Town for Olga Records in Sweden, Europe. The band includes Benny Andersson, later to find fame with Abba.
Twenty-one year old Anni-Frid Lyngstad wins the New Faces talent competition in Sweden, Europe, singing the song En Ledig Dag. That night, as part of her prize, she appears on Swedish tv. (She will go on to international fame as a member of Abba).
Anni-Frid Lyngstad, later to become a member of Abba, has her first professional recording session in the Europa Film studio, Stockholm, Sweden. She records both sides of her debut single, En ledig dag/Peter, kom tillbaka.
Agnetha Faltskog records Jag Var Sa Kar (I Was So In Love) at Philips Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. It will reach No1 in the Swedish Pop Singles Chart and Agnetha will find greater international success as a member of Abba.
Jag Var Sa Kar (I Was So In Love) by Agnetha Faltskog reaches No1 in the Pop Singles Chart in Sweden, Europe. Agnetha will find greater international success as a member of Abba.
A Swedish soft porn movie, The Seduction Of Inga, has its premiere. Directed by American Joseph W Sarno, it might have been totally forgotten, except that the theme music, Inga’s Theme, was composed by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, later to form Abba.
Bjorn And Benny, Agnetha And Anni-Frid record People Need Love in Metronome Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. It will provide them with their first hit single, but they will find much greater success after changing their name to Abba.
Bjorn And Benny, Agnetha And Anni-Frid release a new single, He Is Your Brother/Santa Rosa, in Sweden on Polar Records. They will find greater success after changing their name to Abba.
Abba release a new single, Dancing Queen, in the UK on Epic Records. On the same day, The First European Punk Rock Festival, is staged at Mont De Marsan, near Bordeaux, France. Acts on the bill include The Damned, Count Bishops, Nick Lowe, Pink Fairies, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Tyla Gang and The Hammersmith Gorillas.
Abba release the album Arrival.
Abba release a new single, Dancing Queen, in the USA on Atlantic Records.
Abba release a new single, Dancing Queen, in the USA on Atlantic Records.
Abba arrive in London, UK, on a promotional visit.
Abba arrive at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe, on a promotional visit.
Abba enter the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Dancing Queen, which will peak at No1.
Abba begin a four week run at No1 on the UK pop singles chart with The Name Of The Game.
After living together for nine years, Benni and Anni-Frid of Abba get married in a quiet ceremony at their local church. The witnesses are their house-keeper and a church warden.
The Jacksons including Michael Jackson, perform Blame It On The Boogie during recording of the Abba Snowtime tv special in the Central Hotel, Leysin, Switzerland.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the third of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the fifth of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the last of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the first of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Abba play the second of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Abba play at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Abba complete recording of their seventh album Super Trouper, at Polar Music Studios, Sweden.
Abba's record company Polar Music issues a press release noting that the band's latest album Super Trouper has sold 1.7m copies in the UK, where it remained at No1 for eight weeks.
Benny and Frida of Abba announce that they have started divorce proceedings, in the wake of Benny's revelation of his love for Swedish TV personality Mona Norklit.
Abba deliver their seventh UK No1 album - The Visitors, which is also their eighth and final studio album. It is one of the first records to have been recorded and mixed digitally.
The Visitors by Abba enters the Billboard Top 40 albums chart in the USA where it will peak at No29 during a six-week run.
The new No1 album in the UK is the Abba compilation The Singles - The First Ten Years.
According to Atlantic Records' newly published catalogue, the following albums are no longer available in vinyl LP form: Yes - Fragile, Pete Townshend - Empty Glass, Crosby, Stills And Nash - CSN, Phil Collins - Face Value, Greatest Hits - Abba, The Best of Ray Charles, and everything by Emerson, Lake And Palmer and everything by Genesis (except The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway).
Stig Andersson, manager of Abba and writer of over 3,000 song lyrics, dies of a heart attack in Stockholm, Sweden, aged 66.
It is reported that seventies superSwedes Abba have turned down a $1 billion offer to reform for a tour.
Los Angeles Superior Court reveals that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has settled (six weeks earlier) a $5m battery lawsuit filed by lighting technician Connie Paulson who had her nose broken by Durst during the group's Anger Management Tour in December 2000.
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For the first time in twenty years, all four members of Abba are seen together in public when they attend the Swedish-language premiere of the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Cirkus Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Ola Brunkert, long-term drummer for Abba, is found dead at his villa in Majorca, Spain, Europe. Spanish police say that Brunkert apparently bled to death after somehow falling onto his greenhouse.
A poll conducted by secondary ticketing company Viagogo, finds that ABBA is the group music fans most want to see reunite in 2009. The Smiths come second, followed by a reunited Robbie Williams and Take That, The Stone Roses and Guns N' Roses with former guitarist Slash.
The Benny Andersson Band releases a new album, Story Of A Heart, in the UK. The album is written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the songwriting team behind Abba.
Edwin Shirley, the rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles transported artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson, dies aged 64 in Homerton Hospital, Hackney, London, England, UK, Europe. He had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009 but continued working for as long as possible.
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It is announced by The Official Charts Company in the UK that the album ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits has overtaken sales of The Beatles'
Rock saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft dies at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devon, UK, aged sixty following a heart attack. He was best-known for playing the sax break in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit Baker Street, but also worked with many other top-flight musicians including Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd and Abba.
All four members of ABBA attend the opening of member Bjorn Ulvaeus' new business venture, a theatre-restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, based on and named after their hit single Mamma Mia. This marks the first time all four members of ABBA have been photographed together since they attended the premiere of the movie Mamma Mia in London in 2008.
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