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The acronym Abba, coined in 1973, represented the coming together of four leading figures in Swedish pop. Agnetha Fältskog (5 April 1950, Jönköping, Sweden) had achieved pop success in her country with the 1968 hit ‘Jag Var Sa Kar’ (‘I Was So In Love’). Björn Ulvaeus (b. 25 April 1945, Gothenburg, Sweden) had previously appeared with the folk-influenced Hootenanny Singers (originally known as the Westbay Singers). They also recorded and released a few records overseas as Northern Lights, before teaming up with Benny Andersson (b. Göran Bror Benny Andersson, 16 December 1946, Stockholm, Sweden), appearing occasionally with his popular beat group, the Hep Stars. The one non-Swede in the line-up was the solo singer Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad (b. 15 November 1945, Björkåsen, Narvik, Norway; later known as Frida). Under the guidance of Scandinavian svengali Stig Anderson (b. Stikkan Anderson, 25 January 1931, Hova,...

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