Forty years ago today, 21-year-old Anni-Frid Lyngstad made her Swedish television debut and launched an international music career.
Earlier that day, young Anni-Frid had won a talent contest at Skansen in Stockholm, singing the song ‘En ledig dag’. Frida had been entering these contests for many years in an attempt to break into the music business.
Part of her prize was the chance to perform on a television spectacular designed to keep Swedes at home as this was the day that Sweden changed from driving on the left-hand side of the road to driving on the right.
As we all know, this auspicious occasion led to an illustrious career that culminated with ABBA’s enormous worldwide success, but also saw a long and varied solo career.
Today it doesn’t seem likely that we will any new music from Frida. She has said that she has “shut that door” behind her. Still, we have forty years of ABBA albums, solo collections, duets and guest appearances on other people’s records to enjoy.
Congratulations to Frida on this momentous anniversary!