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ABBA Followers Mark 50 Years Since ‘Waterloo’ Took the World by Storm

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It’s been 50 years since ABBA gained a serious battle with “Waterloo.”

A half-century in the past on Saturday (April 6), the Swedish quartet triumphed on the 1974 Eurovision Music Contest with the peppy love music, which opens: “My my, at Waterloo, Napoleon did give up, and I’ve met my future in fairly an identical manner.”

The music rang out once more Saturday at London’s Waterloo railway station — additionally named after the 1815 battle that dealt defeat to the French chief — the place a choir belted out a rendition for commuters.

Within the English coastal city of Brighton, the place the 1974 competitors was held, followers have been staging a flashmob dance and silent ABBA disco to mark the anniversary.

Eurovision victory turned ABBA right into a pop juggernaut, by far essentially the most profitable band to win the pan-continental music contest, which can maintain its 68th version in Might in ABBA’s residence nation, Sweden. The Eurovision remaining will happen Might 11 in Malmö, after Swedish singer Loreen gained final yr’s competitors with “Tattoo.”

ABBA’s melodic disco pop bought a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of data worldwide. The stage musical Mamma Mia! primarily based on its songs is 25 years outdated and spawned two films.

The band members haven’t carried out collectively dwell for 4 many years, however launched a comeback album, “Voyage,” in 2021. Day-after-day, followers attend a live performance by digital “ABBA-tars” on the hit present Abba Voyage, which opened in London in 2022.


In a thank-you message to followers on Saturday, the 4 band members stated it was “barely dizzying and deeply humbling” to know that their songs had been handed down the generations and “nonetheless resonate world wide.”

“Music you uncover and study to like whenever you develop up and even later in life has a manner of staying with you ceaselessly,” stated Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. “We share that have with you and to know that our music has develop into a relentless in your lives is an excellent factor.”

A tribute live performance titled “A Get together for ABBA” was set to happen in Stockholm on Saturday night that includes outstanding Swedish artists, a 21-person band and a big choir. Organizers stated it was a salute to a band that modified the Nordic nation’s music scene “ceaselessly.”

Swedish public broadcaster SVT, which deliberate to broadcast the live performance dwell on tv and on its streaming service, stated, “April 6, 1974 is taken into account by some to be Sweden’s nationwide music day.”

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