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The ABBA story began in June 1966 when Bjorn Ulvaeus (born 1945) met Benny Andersson (born 1946) for the first time. Bjorn was a member of the Hootenanny Singers, a very popular folk music group, while Benny played keyboards in Sweden's biggest pop group of the 1960s, The Hep Stars.

The pair wrote their first song together later that year, and by the end of the decade they had established a regular partnership as composers. By that time, Benny had left The Hep Stars, while the Hootenanny Singers only existed in the recording studio. The Hootenanny Singers released their records on the Polar Music record label, owned by Stig Anderson (1931-1997), who was to become ABBA's manager. Stig also contributed lyrics to many ABBA hits during the first years of the group's career.

In the spring of 1969, Bjorn and Benny met the two women who were to become not only their fiancees but also the other half of ABBA. Agnetha Faltskog (born 1950) had been a successful solo singer since releasing her first single in 1967. She and Bjorn were married in July 1971. Anni-Frid Lyngstad (born 1945), also known as Frida, started her recording career shortly before Agnetha. Frida was of Norwegian origin, but had moved to Sweden at a very early age. Benny and Frida didn't get married until October 1978.

At first, the four members collaborated musically mainly by contributing songs, instrumental backing, production work or backing vocals to the recordings they each made as solo or duo acts. In 1970, the attractive sound of their four voices combined gave them the idea to put together the cabaret act Festfolk (which had the double meaning "engaged couples" and "party people"). This first attempt failed, but in the spring of 1972 they recorded a song called 'People Need Love', garnering a medium-sized hit in Sweden. At this time they called themselves Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid.

Encouraged by this success, they entered the 1973 Swedish selections for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Ring Ring'. They finished third, but the single and the album of the same name competed for the top positions on the Swedish chart. 'Ring Ring' also became a hit in several other European countries.

>The group entered the selections again in 1974, this time with 'Waterloo', which took them all the way to the finals in Brighton, England. By this time they had changed their name to ABBA, an acronym of their first names. ABBA was also the name of a Swedish canned fish company, which luckily agreed to lending their name to a pop group. The Eurovision Song Contest on April 6, 1974 turned out to be the most famous moment in ABBA history, when the group won the international juries over with 'Waterloo'.

Discography

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ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 1 : 01 Songbook :  : 9780571523641 : 12-0571523641

ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 1

Review: One of the most successful pop acts of all time, ABBA first shot to fame in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Waterloo'. The three songs in this volume are among the best-known of all ABBA's many hits: 'Mamma Mia!' the title song to the popular musical; the poignant 'Super Trouper' with its reflections on some of the trials tribulations of life on the road; and 'Money, money, money' with its chromatic twists and catchy interludes. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills. Choral Basics are great value for money providing a contrasted set of arrangements for any concert.

Songlist: Mamma Mia!, Super Trouper, Money, Money, Money

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5725b | 01 Songbook | $5.50 | SA Arrangements for 2 Parts


ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 1 : 01 Songbook :  : 9780571523399 : 12-0571523390

ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 1

Review: If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics the perfect series for singers of all ages. The Simple 3-part choral arrangements for soprano, alto and a combined part for men's voices make the series perfect for choirs with a dearth of males or whose male singers have unstable or changing voices. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with younger singers and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills. Dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA.

Songlist: Mamma Mia!, Super Trouper, Money, Money, Money

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5727b | 01 Songbook | $5.50 | SAB | With Piano Three Part Arrangements


ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 2 : 01 Songbook :  : 9780571525188 : 12-0571525180

ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 2

Review: Another three timeless classics from one of the most successful pop acts of all time featuring Thank You For The Music, Fernando and their 1974 smash hit Waterloo. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration.Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills.

Songlist: Thank You For The Music, Fernando, Waterloo

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5726b | 01 Songbook | $5.50 | SA | With Piano Arrangements for 2 Parts


ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 2 : 01 Songbook :  : 9780571525171 : 12-0571525172

ABBA : Smash Hits - Vol 2

Review: Another three timeless classics from one of the most successful pop acts of all time featuring Thank You For The Music, Fernando and their 1974 smash hit Waterloo. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills.

Songlist: Thank You For The Music, Fernando, Waterloo

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5728b | 01 Songbook | $5.50 | SAB | With Piano Three Part Arrangements


ABBA : The Best of ABBA : 01 Songbook :  : 884088452773 : 1423487583 : 00307094

ABBA : The Best of ABBA

Review: 25 top hits spanning the wildly successful career of the Swedish supergroup. Includes: Dancing Queen - Fernando - Knowing Me, Knowing You - Mamma Mia - S.O.S. - Super Trouper - Take a Chance on Me - Thank You for the Music - Waterloo - and more.

Songlist: Lay All Your Love On Me, S.O.S., Angel Eyes, Our Last Summer, Honey, Honey, I Have A Dream, Take A Chance On Me, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes It All, Chiquitita, When All Is Said And Done, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Eagle, Fernando, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia!, Ring, Ring, Summer Night City, Super Trouper, Thank You For The Music, Voulez-Vous, Waterloo, I Do I Do I Do I Do

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20342 | 01 Songbook | $19.95 | Solo | PVG


ABBA : Pro Vocal Series - Women's Edition : Songbook & CD :  : 884088171773 : 1423433777 : 00740367

ABBA : Pro Vocal Series - Women's Edition

Review: ABBA gained international popularity employing catchy song hooks, simple lyrics, and a Wall of Sound achieved by overdubbing the female singers' voices in multiple harmonies. As their popularity grew, they were sought after to tour Europe, Australia, and North America, drawing crowds of ardent fans, notably in Australia. Touring became a contentious issue, being particularly unpopular with Faltskog, but they continued to release studio albums to great commercial success. At the height of their popularity, however, both marriages of the band members failed, and the relationship changes were reflected in their music, as they produced more thoughtful lyrics with different compositions. They remain a fixture of radio playlists and are one of the world's best selling bands, having sold over 370 million records world wide; they still sell two to four million records a year. This Pro Vocal series contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight of their hit songs. The CD contains demos for listening, and then separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band. Or for singing just for the fun of it!

Songlist: Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia!, Money, Money, Money, The Name Of The Game, S.O.S., Take A Chance On Me, The Winner Takes It All

Voicing: Medium
Style: Pop

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6001b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Solo | Melody/Lyrics/Chords Pop Songbooks for Solo Female Voice


ABBA : Mamma Mia! : 01 Songbook :  : 884088269555 : 1423461339 : 00313424

ABBA : Mamma Mia!

Review: 17 songs from the film adaptation of the megahit musical featuring the songs of ABBA. Includes: Dancing Queen - Does Your Mother Know - Honey, Honey - I Have a Dream - The Name of the Game - Super Trouper - Take a Chance on Me - The Winner Takes It All - and more.

Songlist: Lay All Your Love On Me, The Name Of The Game, S.O.S., Our Last Summer, Slipping Through My Fingers, Honey, Honey, I Have A Dream, Take A Chance On Me, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes It All, When All Is Said And Done, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), Mamma Mia!, Super Trouper, Voulez-Vous

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20179 | 01 Songbook | $16.95 | Solo | PVG


ABBA : ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits : 01 Songbook :  : 073999082333 : 079353240X : 00308233

ABBA : ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits

Review: This is the matching folio to the 19-song retrospective of one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1970s, and one that continues to be a cultural icon through contemporary releases including the wildly popular Broadway musical Mamma Mia. This collection features: Chiquitita - Dancing Queen - Fernando - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Knowing Me, Knowing You - Mamma Mia - Money, Money, Money - The Name of the Game - S.O.S. - Take a Chance on Me - Waterloo - The Winner Takes It All - and more.

Songlist: Lay All Your Love On Me, The Name Of The Game, One Of Us, S.O.S., I Have A Dream, Take A Chance On Me, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes It All, Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Fernando, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia!, Super Trouper, Thank You For The Music, Voulez-Vous, Waterloo

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20345 | 01 Songbook | $16.95 | Solo | PVG

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