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ABBA, Swedish pop band, formed 1970. M EMBERSHIP : Benny Andersson, kybd., gtr., voc. (b. Stockholm, Sweden, Dec. 16, 1946); Bjorn Ulvaeus, gtr., voc. (b. Gothenburg, Sweden, April 25, 1945); Agnetha “Anna” Faltskog, voc. (b. Jonkping, Swedent, April 5, 1950); Anna-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, voc. (b. Narvik, Norway, Nov. 15, 1945).

One of the few non-British European groups to achieve consistent success stateside, ABBA issued a series of international hits beginning in 1974 that established them as the world’s #1 pop group by 1977.

Formed in 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden, ABBA first gained international recognition as the winner of the Eurovision network song contest in 1974. Their winning song, “Waterloo,” became an American hit from their debut album of the same name. Major hits through 1980 included “SOS,” “Fernando,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and, perhaps their finest offering, “The Winner Takes All.” Following Super Trouper and their final major hit, “When All Is Said and Done,” ABBA disbanded. Faltskog and Lyngstad each recorded solo albums in the early 1980s, while Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved their greatest subsequent success as composers for the musical Chess . In the mid-1990s ABBA experienced a revival of interest in their music, when it was used in the Australian movies Muriel’s Wedding and Prisdlla, Queen of the Desert .

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