Ten years ago today Stig Anderson, ABBA’s manager, lyric-writer, mentor and friend died at the age of 66.
Without Stig, ABBA would almost certainly not have achieved their worldwide fame. It was his confidence in the Andersson/Ulvaeus team and Swedish music in general that saw him pushing ABBA to their international breakthrough and beyond.
Stig came up with the name ABBA, and wrote (or co-wrote) the lyrics to many of ABBA’s early big hits, including ‘Ring Ring’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘SOS’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’.
It’s sad that in recent years Stig is often written out of the ABBA story. He was not mentioned at all in the 2004 authorised documentary Super Troupers – 30 years of ABBA. And when he is mentioned, it’s most often in connection with failed business deals and legal actions from the ABBA members during the 1980s and 90s.