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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.
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.
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).
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.
At a gig in Sweden, Europe, by the Hootenanny Singers, Agnetha Faltskog meets their singer/guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus. The pair will marry and go on to work together in Abba.
In Sweden, Europe, Agnetha Faltskog [later to become a member of Abba) becomes engaged to her boyfriend Dieter Zimmerman, a songwriter and producer.
Hej Gamle Man!, a new single on Polar Records by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, enters the pop singles chart in Sweden, Europe, where it will remain for fifteen weeks reaching no 1. The pair will find greater fame as the male half of Abba.
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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.
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.
The Top Ten Singles on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, are : 1. Disco Duck, Part 1 - Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots (RSO) 2. Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers) 3. Love So Right - The Bee Gees (RSO) 4. Just To Be Close To You - The Commodores (Motown) 5. Muskrat Love - The Captain And Tennille (A+M) 6. The Rubberband Man - The Spinners (Atlantic) 7. Whispering/Cherchez la Femme/Se Si Bon - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (RCA) 8. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago (Columbia) 9. Fernando - ABBA (Atlantic) 10. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot (Reprise)
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.
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 second of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the third of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the fourth 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 their last gig in Europe, in the Main Hall at The RDS, Dublin, Ireland, 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.
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.
The most successful group of the 1970s, Abba, release what will prove to be their final original single, Under Attack.
The film Raskenstam (Swedish Casanova), featuring Agnetha Faltskog (formerly of Abba) in her first acting role, opens in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
The similarity of sections of comedian Harry Enfield's UK hit Loadsamoney to Abba’s 1974 smash, Money Money Money, prompts Abba's publishers to approach Mr Enfield about royalty payments they feel he owes them.
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).
Despite having split up a decade earlier, Abba is revealed to have been the Best-Selling Swedish Artist of the Year at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ABBA announce that they have recorded two new songs, which will be performed in a 'live' tour during which virtual reality avatars will perform their songs.
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