English spells world success for ABBA

The Daily Telegraph 6 March 1976

ABBA always have someone in to check their lyrics, a member of the group said yesterday.

But it has little to do with suggestiveness…

In near-perfect English, keyboard player Benny Andersson said: “It can often take a long time to get the songs just right.

“English is the language of rock – not Swedish,” he said.

The Swedish singers/musicians, just arrived in Sydney, have been together for two years and have always sung in English.

It pays off.

They are the first group since The Beatles to have had three single records in the Sydney Top 10 simultaneously.

Mamma Mia

Their hits I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, SOS, and Mamma Mia, all reached number one.

They are here to make a one-hour Bandstand TV special for screening on March 20.

The group couldn’t agree yesterday on what had made them such international success.

The girls, Frida Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog, said it was all due to the band’s original material.

“But I think the girls’ looks may have had just a little to do with it,” guitarist and husband of Agnetha Fältskog – Björn Ulvaeus said.

Agnetha recently was voted as having the sexiest bottom in Europe.

Photo: Pop group ABBA in Sydney yesterday.

© 1976 The Daily Telegraph. Thanks to Samuel Inglles