ABBA: Backstage Facts About the Legendary Rock Group

ABBA is a hugely successful music group known all over the world. In the 1970s, they dominated the radio, but there is more to ABBA than just their sensational tunes. The band was actually comprised of two couples: Benny Anderson and his wife Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus and his wife Agnetha Fältskog. Even the biggest ABBA fans don’t realize the significance of these relationships and how they impacted their careers.

Abba after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, Britain - Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni Frid Lyngstad
Abba after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, Britain – Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni Frid Lyngstad. Source: Shutterstock

As popular as they are, there are many things people don’t know about the Swedish hit-makers. Sure, there have been rumors and speculations going around, but we gathered some solid facts about their lives on and off the stage. Get ready to see how Agnetha and Anni-Frid really felt about each other, and which group member has a connection to royalty.

This is the truth behind the iconic music group- ABBA.

Tax Deductible Outfits

In addition to their musical talents and performance skills, ABBA was known for its extravagant on-stage costumes. The band quickly became famous for the super-flashy ensembles they wore during their fun performances. Well, as it turns out, these over-the-top outfits were actually tax-deductible by Swedish law.

Abba Press conference for the release of the 'Arrival' album in London, Britain
Abba Press conference for the release of the ‘Arrival’ album in London, Britain. Photo By Andre Csillag/Shutterstock

Luckily, this allowed the group to be as creative as they wanted. However, Björn later admitted that they may have gotten a bit carried away. “Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were,” he revealed in Abba: The Official Photo Book. “In my honest opinion, we looked like nuts in those years.”

Stingy With Their Tunes

Benny and Björn are the brains behind the song lyrics, but they didn’t really like sharing their tune. The songwriting duo even sued a British band called The KLF in 1987, after they found out that they were using lyrics from “Dancing Queen.” But some artists managed to get permission to sample a song.

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ABBA, 1975. Photo By Ibl/Shutterstock

The Fugees got their blessing to use a sample of “The Name Of The Game” for their 1996 track, “Rumble in the Jungle.” Madonna revealed that she begged Benny and Björn for permission to use part of their song “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)” in her 2005 single “Hung Up.” Until now, these seem to be the only instances where they allowed other artists to use their songs, despite numerous requests.

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