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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!
Stikkan Andersson is born in Mariestad, Sweden. He will find international success as Stig Andersson, manager of Abba.
Bjorn Ulvaeus is born in Gothenburg, Sweden. he will find fame as a songwriter, singer and guitarist with Abba.
Frida Lyngstad is born in Narvik, Norway. She will find international fame as Frida of Swedish supergroup Abba.
Benny Andersson is born in Stockholm, Sweden. He will find fame as a songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player 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.
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.
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.
Swedish pop group Bjorn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid record Contemplation for Polar Music. The track is never used but the quartet will eventually find fame as 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 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.
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.
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 first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London.
Abba play the third 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 reach No1 in the UK singles chart with The Winner Takes It All. On the same day, The Police finish recording the album Zenyatta Mondatta at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland, Europe.
Abba complete recording of their seventh album Super Trouper, at Polar Music Studios, Sweden.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Super Trouper.
The Visitors by Abba is the new UK No1 album.
The most successful group of the 1970s, Abba, release what will prove to be their final original single, Under Attack.
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.
The stage musical Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Abba, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End, London, UK.
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.
During a televised interview in Chez Vrony, Zermatt, Switzerland, Europe, Anni-Frid Lyngstadt, better known as Frida of Abba, states that she would be happy to take part in an Abba re-union. The stumbling block, however, is Benny and Bjorn, neither of whom are interested.
Waterloo by Abba is voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Waterloo by ABBA is voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Official Charts Company reports that 25% of British households now own a copy of Mamma Mia!, the hit film based on songs by Abba. With five million copies sold, it becomes the country's biggest selling DVD of all time.
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.
ABBA, Genesis, The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, The Stooges, David Geffen, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell are inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
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.
According to research carried out by The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK, the most recognisable pop song ever is announced as Wannabe by The Spice Girls. The complete Top 10, with the lengths of time required to recognise them, is as follows :

1. Spice Girls, Wannabe - 2.29 seconds
2. Lou Bega, Mambo No. 5 - 2.48 seconds
3. Survivor, Eye of the Tiger - 2.62 second
4. Lady Gaga, Just Dance - 2.66 seconds
5. Abba, SOS and Roy Orbison, Pretty Woman - 2.73 seconds
6. Michael Jackson, Beat It - 2.8 seconds
7. Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You and The Human League, Don’t You Want Me - 2.83 seconds
8. Aerosmith, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing - 2.84 seconds
9. Lady Gaga, Poker Face - 2.88 seconds
10. Hanson, Mmmmbop - 2.89 seconds
Abba Monopoly, an Abba-oriented version of the popular board game, is made available to buy via the band's website.
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