ABBA members: where are they now?

Big Swedish group Oppa They catapulted to international fame in the 1970s with their hits “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”

ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad enjoyed huge success for a decade before the group went on hiatus in 1982.

in 2016, ABBA has announced plans to reunite him as a virtual avatar For a live “entertainment experience”. Two years later, the group revealed that they had also recorded new music. In a joint statement, They explained,” The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all felt that after some 35 years, it might be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. And so we did. It was as if time had stopped and we were Just a short vacation.”

The quartet released their ninth and final studio album, a tripin November 2021. The following May, all four members of ABBA They attended the premiere of their virtual concert series in London.

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“When we got back together in the studio, I had no idea what to expect,” Fältskog said in a statement. “But Penny’s Recording Studio is such a friendly, safe environment, and before I knew it I was really having fun! I can hardly believe that it’s finally time to share this with the world!”

Bandmate Lyngstad added: “Those first sessions in 2018 were so much fun and when Benny called and asked if I was thinking of singing more, I jumped at it! And what songs! My respect and love goes out to these exceptionally talented, truly genius songwriters! A pleasure to work with the band again. I’m so happy with what we’ve created, and I very much hope our fans feel the same.”

ABBA’s comeback album a trip He has since received four Grammy Award nominations.

Here’s a look at the lives of the ABBA members, past and present.

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Known for her interest in music as a child, ABBA lead singer Agnetha Fältskog wrote her first song at the age of six, according to ABBA official website. Her first single, which she wrote as part of the Bernt Enghardts band, was released in 1967.

Fältskog began dating fellow ABBA Björn Ulvaeus in 1969 and the couple became engaged the following year. They married on July 6, 1971, and welcomed two children together, daughter Linda Ellen Olvaius and son Peter Christian Olvaius, before they divorced in 1980.

After her divorce from Ulvaeus and ABBA, Fältskog went on to release three albums in English: Wrap your arms around me in 1983 eyes of a woman In 1985 and I stand alone in 1987.

She married her second husband, Thoms Sonnenfield, in 1990, though the couple quietly divorced in 1993. More than a decade later, Fältskog returned to the spotlight when She signed a solo record deal in 2004.

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Bjorn Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised in the small town of Vastervik. Like other ABBA members, Ulvaeus was also interested in music from an early age. He began his career in the Swedish folk band Hootenanny Singers, where he was introduced to keyboardist Benny Andersson, a member of the band Hep Stars. The two began collaborating, eventually working together and forming ABBA with their fiancé.

Ulvaeus married fellow band Agnetha Fältskog in 1971 and they had two children together. After the couple separated, Ulvaeus married his second wife, Lena Källersjö, in 1981 and had two more children.

He and Anderson continued to work together long after ABBA had disbanded in the early 1980s. The duo wrote the musical chess with poet Tim Rice, with the show opening in London’s West End in 1986 and premiering on Broadway two years later.

to me ABBA official websiteUlvaeus also participated in the staging Mama Miathe musical series – and subsequent films – based on ABBA’s songs.

in 2022, Daily Mail It reported that Ulvaeus and his wife of more than 40 years, Källersjö, announced their plans to divorce.

In July of that year, he arrived at the premiere of his new musical, Baby in the circus, along with Christina Sass, Music Director of Universal Music Group. In December 2022, the couple attended a movie premiere A man called OttoMovie starring Tom Hanks.

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Born in Stockholm, ABBA singer Benny Anderson He was introduced to music as a child, as both his father and grandfather played the accordion and taught him the instrument.

Anderson was part of several music groups prior to the formation of ABBA. He started his career in the band of singer Christina Gronval. (The two eventually began dating and had two children together.) He then joined Elverkets Spelmanslag before becoming the keyboardist for Hep Stars.

When he was with Hep Stars, Andersson first met Ulvaeus and the duo wrote the song “Isn’t It Easy To Say” for the band. They recorded their first album, Lika, in 1970, with their friends Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing backup vocals. Anderson and Lyngstad were engaged for nearly nine years before tying the knot in 1979, but they divorced two years later.

Anderson continued to work in music after ABBA’s 1982 hiatus, producing work with Anders and Karin Glenmark and releasing his debut solo album in 1987. He currently performs with Benny Andersson’s Orkester Band.

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Annie-Frid Lyngstad was born in Norway in 1945 and moved to Sweden with her grandmother about two years later. to me ABBA official website, Lyngstad’s father was a German soldier and “is believed to have disappeared when his ship sank on the way back to Germany”, though they later reunited in the 1970s. Her mother died less than two years after her birth.

As a teenager, Lyngstad performed with various bands. She married her first husband Ragnar Fredriksson when she was 18 years old and had two children, although the couple divorced before ABBA’s rise to fame.

She met her second husband and fellow ABBA band member Benny Anderson in 1969 and the two soon became engaged. Lyngstad also released a Swedish-language solo album in 1975 while part of ABBA. She was already working on solo work before ABBA went on hiatus in 1982, and released her first English-language solo album, which he produced. Phil Collins Same year.

Lyngstad was married to her third husband, Prince Henrich Roseau-Reuss, Count of Plauen, from 1992 until his death in 1999. Her daughter had died the previous year after a car accident.

Today, Lyngstad devotes itself to charitable work, according to ABBA’s official website.

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