Meldrum’s Humdrum - ABBA here in March 1977!

By Ian Meldrum - TV Week 11 September 1976

In an exclusive interview I had with ABBA in Stockholm 2½ weeks ago the four members, Anna, Frida, Benny and Björn, told me that they would definitely be coming to Australia in March of 1977.

During the one hour interview, which was held on an old fishing boat on Stockholm’s waterways, the group, who are currently topping the Oz charts with Dancing Queen, appeared totally relaxed and very happy.

“We are looking forward very much,” said Anna, “to returning to Australia to present some live concerts.”

“Most of the concerts,” added Benny, “will be outdoors, and it looks as if we will be performing at the Myer Music Bowel in Melbourne, and at the Sydney Showground.”

They will also be performing in Adelaide and Brisbane, and they are still negotiating for a possible performance in Perth.

The Paul Dainty Corporation will be bringing them to Australia, and it is thought that they will be doing a giant television spectacular, which could turn out to be bigger than the Neil Diamond production.

“We are amazed”, said Frida, “at our popularity and sales in your country. It is so hard to believe that a country so far away can put us at the top of the charts time and time again.”

And if you think that ABBA’s popularity and appeal must eventually drop, then don’t say anything, because I’ve heard some of their new material, and one particular song, titled Money, Money, Money, which looks like being their follow-up to Dancing Queen, is one of the best things they’ve recorded.

© 1976 TV Week. Thanks to Samuel Inglles