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Abba's Eurovision win in Brighton remembered 40 years on
bbc ^ | 5 April 2014 | Libby Sutcliffe

Posted on 04/06/2014 1:46:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono

It is 40 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton - a victory that started their meteoric rise to super group status with millions of fans around the globe.

When the four-piece stepped on to the stage accompanied by a man dressed as Napoleon to deliver their country's entry for the competition, they were virtually unknown.

The audience at the 1,700-seat Brighton Dome on 6 April, 1974, had no idea how huge the Swedish group, which performed Waterloo, would become. Most of them were concentrating on the UK entry - Olivia Newton John with her song Long Live Love.

John Henty, who lives in Lewes, East Sussex, was one of those watching and describes the instant impact the band had on the crowd.

He said: "Nobody knew Abba. Who were Abba? They were an unknown quantity.

"But clearly the moment they went into the number and the style of it and the outrageous costumes and the guy wearing Napoleon gear and you suddenly thought, 'this is something'."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: abba; eurovision

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1 posted on 04/06/2014 1:46:31 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Sure they were cheezy by current standards but they are responsible for a lot of happy. To say nothing about how what they did in the recording studio...techniques ect set standards in innovated concepts for many that came later.


2 posted on 04/06/2014 2:29:48 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (I)
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To: Norm Lenhart


3 posted on 04/06/2014 2:32:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

OK...HALF of ABBA was responsible for a lot of happy. The OTHER half was good in the studio ;)


4 posted on 04/06/2014 2:34:25 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (I)
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To: Norm Lenhart


5 posted on 04/06/2014 2:38:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

ABBA’s winning 1974 performance. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FsVeMz1F5c


6 posted on 04/06/2014 2:47:40 AM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10 smartphone:)
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To: deks

ABBA : SOS (American Bandstand ‘75) Dick Clark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OOrleE6wfc


7 posted on 04/06/2014 2:55:36 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Actually, two members of Abba were responsible for the wonderful score of the hit London show “Chess,” which, unfortunately bombed in NYC. The music from that show is remarkably pretty.


8 posted on 04/06/2014 4:07:28 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

They are the bomb, I love them. I’ve been watching their videos the last couple of months.

Karen Carpenter makes me cry, Agnetha makes me smile.


9 posted on 04/06/2014 4:57:40 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Norm Lenhart

Their studio innovations are still being used, and the guy’s song writing skills are still very much alive.


10 posted on 04/06/2014 5:13:42 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Agnetha has a couple of pretty good studio albums out too.


11 posted on 04/06/2014 5:15:48 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: miss marmelstein

One Night in Bangkok still rocks.


12 posted on 04/06/2014 5:18:15 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: JoeProBono

Ah... The dream of united Europe under Napoleon... err... Hitler... err... Putin. Oh well, let’s just hope that never happens. I’m all for European union, but with borders to ensure that the maniacal types stay in their own country. As for ABBA, they were truly awesome but a real rock n’ roll fan would never admit that in the day. I remember one poor chap that we used to torture because he was a huge ABBA fan. Of course, everybody was a fan secret or otherwise and how can you not like their taste in women?


13 posted on 04/06/2014 5:40:20 AM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
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To: ArmstedFragg

I like the ballads and the Russian anthem and some of the beautiful choral music in the beginning. It was a good play, too, but NYC rejected it. Probably the rotten Frank Rich had something to do with it.


14 posted on 04/06/2014 6:11:29 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I saw them live in 79. The only year they toured North America IIRC. It was a good show. They were popular in the US but much more so in the UK and Australia and elsewhere.


15 posted on 04/06/2014 6:20:42 AM PDT by xp38
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To: miss marmelstein

ABBA : Fernando

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv_-6XQyIq0


16 posted on 04/06/2014 7:46:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I remember that song! Thanks.


17 posted on 04/06/2014 7:49:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: xp38

Of course, they live on in that non-stop musical “Mama Mia.”


18 posted on 04/06/2014 7:50:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: jerod
ABBA : The Day Before You Came - last song

The Day Before You Came


19 posted on 04/06/2014 7:54:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I remember reading that ABBA wore these outrageous costumes because Sweden taxed them so much, they could get a tax write-off for purchasing “uniforms”. They paid top dollar for those funky threads, but the cut on taxes was bigger than the costs.


20 posted on 04/06/2014 7:59:28 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!


21 posted on 04/06/2014 8:18:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t know how it’s possible, but here’s one I’d never heard before I happened across “ABBA, The Movie”. It’s not been often that I fell in love with a song the first time I heard it, but I did with this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dcbw4IEY5w

It wasn’t “cool” in my circle to like pop stuff like ABBA when I was young, but now I’m old and I don’t care.

Like Agnetha asked, “what would life be? Without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me.”

My daughter looked a lot like the little blonde girl the camera focuses on beginning at about 2:10 of the video at that age, and every time I see the joy on her face, it reminds me of her when she was still a child. If for no other reason, this song will always be among my favorites.

So I say, ABBA, thank you for the music.


22 posted on 04/06/2014 10:03:29 AM PDT by Nacho Bidnith (The Govt's war on drugs was the setup for war on the American People)
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To: Everybody
Birthdays today [April 5]: Agnetha Fältskog, 64

Click for picture

23 posted on 04/06/2014 10:04:57 AM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10 smartphone :)
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To: JoeProBono
When I was growing up, it was considered "gay" to listen to Abba. Never understood that connection as the four members were heterosexuals who were married to each other (at least for a while). Sure, their costumes were a little strange but hey, it was the 1970s. Considering acts like Elton John, David Bowie, Kiss, Alice Cooper, etc., Abba was rather tame by comparison.

Their music still holds up well today.

24 posted on 04/06/2014 10:20:34 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: deks


25 posted on 04/06/2014 12:28:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: miss marmelstein

“The music from that show is remarkably pretty.”

I love, “Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well”. Great album. Never saw the play.


26 posted on 04/06/2014 12:32:52 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: JoeProBono

Frida or Agnetha?

Put me in the Frida camp.


27 posted on 04/06/2014 12:33:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

Frida actually isn’t Swedish, she’s half-Norwegian half-German. Her father was a Wehrmacht soldier serving in Norway during the war....They had to flee to Sweden, because obviously “collaborators” weren’t going to be treated very well in Norway after the war.


28 posted on 04/06/2014 12:36:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jun/30/kateconnolly.theobserver


29 posted on 04/06/2014 12:43:20 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Frida had a hit in the 80s with “I Know There’s Something Going On”, which featured the unmistakable drumming of Phil Collins.


30 posted on 04/06/2014 12:46:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
I remember that song!

I think Phil Collins either sang or drummed on at least half of the Top 40 songs from 1980 to 1985.

31 posted on 04/06/2014 12:49:14 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: MayflowerMadam

I Know Him So Well is my favorite. Judy Kuhn sings on the B’way album.


32 posted on 04/06/2014 12:50:31 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Oops! I Know Him So Well, of course, is a duet. I forget the other singer’s name.


33 posted on 04/06/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I went to the Abba museum in Stockholm last summer. It was a great 3 hour escape from reality. Sweden in the 1970s—that’s where I want to live.


34 posted on 04/06/2014 12:52:35 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SamAdams76

LOL, that’s true.

I remember during the mid-80s, there were Genesis-related acts all in the Top 40 at the same time

Peter Gabriel
Mike and the Mechanics
Phil Collins
GTR with Steve Hackett even had a hit with “When the Heart Rules the Mind”


35 posted on 04/06/2014 12:53:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: riri

If it wasn’t for the platform shoes and bell bottoms I might agree...Of course since it was us that unleashed that insanity on them we should go there and offer profuse apologies ;)


36 posted on 04/06/2014 12:57:01 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: dfwgator

I Know There’s Something Going On

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=372436tJiaM


37 posted on 04/06/2014 1:00:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: dfwgator

ABBA Frida Lyngstad at 65 Years Old

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ursQ9h0ckk


38 posted on 04/06/2014 1:02:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I served in the US Army during 69-70 in Germany, and when ABBA hit the scene in America I recognized it as what I called “Euro-Pop.”

In retrospect it was also along the lines of the coming Disco era.


39 posted on 04/06/2014 1:47:51 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

My little brother was stationed at the Gutleut Kaserne, Frankfurt in ‘69. I was in the USAF stationed in Libya and visited him there - which has nothing to do with ABBA ;-{)


40 posted on 04/06/2014 2:05:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono; Revolting cat!
Photo leaked from the new Captains America movie?


41 posted on 04/06/2014 2:45:14 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: “Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?”)
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To: SamAdams76

Some of their better music was written about their relationships collapsing.


42 posted on 04/06/2014 4:13:54 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Some of their better music was written about their relationships collapsing.

Kind of like Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album.

43 posted on 04/06/2014 4:15:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: miss marmelstein

In the London company, Elaine Page played Florence and Barbara Dickson was Svetlana. Florence carries most of the song.


44 posted on 04/06/2014 4:32:10 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: JoeProBono

She’s aged very well.

Here’s a clip of her with the late Jon Lord (of Deep Purple)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91rEcANacRc


45 posted on 04/06/2014 4:35:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Ain’t that the truth! The DVD set has a lot of details http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-30/fleetwood-mac-s-rumours-spills-secrets-of-love-chaos.html

And yet, here they are back together and touring again. I think Dallas is on the itinerary as a matter of fact. There’s a classic Joe Bologna film called “Made For Each Other” that comes to mind...


46 posted on 04/06/2014 4:43:47 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks! JoeProBono for the pic.

forgot how good they looked, (never noticed the guys in the band)


47 posted on 04/06/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: miss marmelstein

I think I have the duet with Judy Kuhn and Marcia Mitzman. Also Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston do a nice version.


48 posted on 04/06/2014 6:15:56 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: ArmstedFragg

Beautiful song. I loved the musical - it was so spot-on to the times. It needs a revival!


49 posted on 04/07/2014 2:39:28 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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