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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.
Frida Lyngstad is born in Narvik, Norway. She will find international fame as Frida of Swedish supergroup Abba.
Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad is born in the village of Bjørkåsen, in Ballangen near Narvik, Norway, Europe, to a Norwegian mother, Synni Lyngstad, and a German father, Alfred Haase, a sergeant in the Wehrmacht, not long after the end of the Second World War during the German occupation of Norway. She will grow up as one of thousands of children known as Tyskerbarnas (or German children), the result of a bizarre Nazi experiment to 'enrich' the Aryan gene pool. Anni-Frid will find fame as a member of Abba.
Seventeen year old aspiring Norwegian singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad marries salesman and fellow musician Ragnar Fredriksson. Lyngstad will find fame first as a solo artist and then as a member 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.
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.
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.
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 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 arrive at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe, on a promotional visit.
On their first world tour, Abba play the second of two dates at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
On their first world tour, Abba play the second of two days at the Meyer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On their first world tour, Abba travel from Adelaide to Perth, Australia, Oceania, and book in at the Pamelia Hotel.
On their first world tour, Abba play the last of three days at The Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia, Oceania.
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.
Abba begin their 52-date Ab ba : The Tour tour, with a show at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On their first North American tour, Abba play at Seattle Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
On their first North American tour, Abba play at St. Paul Civic, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
On their first North American tour, Abba play at Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
On their first North American tour, Abba play at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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 fourth of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Abba play the fifth of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
On their Abba : The Tour tour, Abba play the first of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, England, UK, Europe.
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Abba enter the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Chiquitita, which will peak at No29.
Abba complete recording of their seventh album Super Trouper, at Polar Music Studios, Sweden, Europe.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Super Trouper.
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 is the new UK No1 album and, on the same day, it is announced in the UK rock press that all-girl punk band The Slits has split up.
The new No1 album in the UK is the Abba compilation The Singles - The First Ten Years.
The most successful group of the 1970s, Abba, release what will prove to be their final original single, Under Attack.
Adam and the Ants enter the UK singles chart with Puss'n Boots, which will peak at No5. The track was recorded in Abba's Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, and was produced by Phil Collins.
One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head reaches No1 in the Springbok Radio Singles Chart in South Africa, for the first of six weeks. The song, written by Bjorn and Benny of Abba, is from their musical Chess.
Agnetha Faltskog, better known as the blonde one from Abba, co-hosts BBC1-tv's Wogan Show live from Sweden, Europe.
Actor Yul Brynner dies, aged 65 of lung cancer, in New York City, USA. Although nominally an actor, he is best remembered for his role as King Mongkut in the musical The King And I, both on stage and in the cinema. Songs which drew inspiration from Brynner include One Night In Bangkok from the 1984 muscal Chess (written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA), and the 1987 album track, Yul Brynner Was A Skinhead, by comedy-punk rockers Toy Dolls.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of Abba, attend a birthday party for their lifelong business associate Thomas Johansson.
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