Posts Tagged ‘Stig Anderson’

For Stig Anderson’s 80th birthday

25 January, 2011

Stig Anderson, ABBA manager, co-lyricist on many early hits, and driving force behind the group’s international push, would have turned 80 today. ABBA recorded ‘Hovas vittne’ (Hova’s witness) as a gift for Stig’s 50th birthday in 1981. The music was written by Benny and Björn, with the humourous lyrics contributed byAgnetha, Frida, art designer Rune Söderqvist, recording engineer Michael B. Tretow, Benny and Björn. The song was recorded on January 18th, and the above video was filmed at Berns Restaurant in Stockholm on the 24th. 200 copies of a red 12 inch single were pressed and given as gifts to everyone attending Stig’s 50th birthday party. The single is now one of the most valuable and sought-after ABBA collectibles.  (more…)

25 years since the last ABBA performance

16 January, 2011

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the last performance by ABBA that has been seen by the public. On 16 January 1986 Agnetha, Frida, Björn and Benny came together for the first time since December 1982 to perform Stig Anderson’s 1947 hit composition ‘Tivedshambo’, when ABBA’s former manager was celebrated on Swedish TV’s Här ar det liv (This is your life), broadcast on 18 January.

Of course it’s not the last ABBA performance. The four have come together a few times to sing at friends’ birthday parties, most famously at Görel Hanser’s 50th birthday party in June 1999.

Stig Anderson in memoriam

12 September, 2007

Stig Anderson (pic: Polar Music Prize site)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.

But his legacy in ABBA, the Polar Music Prize, and the 3,000 lyrics he wrote lives on. Visit ABBA World for a full tribute to Stig’s memory.


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