Tag: ABBA

Monday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – ABBA (Part 2)

ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest. They are the most successful group to have taken part in the competition.

During the band’s active years, it was composed of two married couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics. After ABBA disbanded in January 1983, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA’s catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992, which became a worldwide bestseller. Several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived interest in the group and spawned several tribute bands.

In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released in 2018. On 27 April 2018, it was announced that the band had recorded two new songs after 35 years of being inactive, named “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”. On 18 September 2018, in an interview, Andersson said that they are still working on the songs, with possibly a third one written.

Estimates of ABBA’s total record sales are over 380 million, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA are the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin America, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish. ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.

Friday 11am ET: Feature Artist – ABBA

ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest. They are the most successful group to have taken part in the competition.

During the band’s active years, it was composed of two married couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics. After ABBA disbanded in January 1983, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA’s catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992, which became a worldwide bestseller. Several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived interest in the group and spawned several tribute bands.

In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released in 2018. On 27 April 2018, it was announced that the band had recorded two new songs after 35 years of being inactive, named “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”. On 18 September 2018, in an interview, Andersson said that they are still working on the songs, with possibly a third one written.

Estimates of ABBA’s total record sales are over 380 million, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA are the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin America, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish. ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the sounds of the seventies we feature music from:  Gordon Lightfoot, Abba, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Tin Tin, Bay City Rollers, Stampeders, Bill Withers, George Harrison, Doobie Brothers and more . . .

Thursday 8pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 8)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tunes with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Darius Rucker, Elton John, April, Rod Stewart, Abba, Helen Reddy, Clint Black, Andrew Gold, Jack Johnson and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s:  Yes, Wet Willie, Tony Orlando & Dawn, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Rattles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Abba, Queen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Helen Reddy, Jackson Browne and more . .  

Wednesday 12pm: RadioMaxMusic Archive 2013 – Agnetha Fältskog Interview

agnethaAgnetha Åse Fältskog or just Agnetha Fältskog is a Swedish recording artist born on April 5,1950. She achieved success in Sweden after the release of her debut album Agnetha Fältskog in 1968, and reached international stardom as a member of the pop group ABBA, which has sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the best–selling music artists in history and the second or third best–selling band in history.

On March 11, 2013 it was announced that the album called “A” and is produced by Jörgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl would be released on May 13, 2013.  In the UK the first single “When You Really Loved Someone”. In Germany the first single was “The One Who Loves You Now”. The album includes a duet with Gary Barlow “I Should’ve Followed You Home”.

This program is an interview performed by Barry Barnes. Music selected from the various Agnetha releases including Cilla Black, Abba and Connie Francis tracks.  Produced by Ron Kovacs from the official interview.

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s.  Edward Bear, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Supertramp, America, Abba, Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin, Marshall Tucker Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive and more. . . 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

Today on Sounds of the 70’s, music from Warren Zevon, Allman Brothers Band, Betty Wright, Supremes, Jimmy Buffett, Abba, Jethro Tull, Jean Knight, Carol Douglas, Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Stampeders, Led Zeppelin and more . . .  

Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: ABBA Top 50 Hits

abba-newABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members’ first names (Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid) and is sometimes stylized as the registered trademark ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. They are also known for winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the contest.

ABBA had sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide and still sell millions of records a year, which makes them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA was the first pop group to come from a non-English-speaking country that enjoyed consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band’s active years, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were a married couple, as were Lyngstad and Andersson, although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions including more introspective lyrics.

After ABBA broke up in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name released in 2008 became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010. – Source: Wikipedia

Countdown created by RadioMaxMusic

1 Dancing Queen
2 Fernando
3 The Winner Takes It All
4 The Name of the Game
5 Chiquitita
6 SOS
7 Knowing Me, Knowing You
8 Take a Chance on Me
9 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
10 Mamma Mia
11 Money, Money, Money
12 One of Us
13 Summer Night City
14 Waterloo
15 Super Trouper
16 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
17 Does Your Mother Know
18 The Day Before You Came
19 I Have a Dream
20 Head Over Heels
21 Honey, Honey
22 Voulez-Vous
23 Under Attack
24 Eagle
25 Lay All Your Love on Me
26 Angeleyes
27 Thank You for the Music
28 Rock Me
29 So Long
30 Hasta Mañana
31 Ring Ring
32 Rock and Roll Band
33 On and On and On
34 When All Is Said and Done
35 The Visitors
36 King Kong Song
37 People Need Love
38 He Is Your Brother
39 Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
40 Nina, Pretty Ballerina
41 Another Town, Another Train
42 Bang-A-Boomerang
43 I Am Just a Girl 
44 That’s Me 
45 As Good as New
46 Our Last Summer
47 Happy New Year
48 Dream World
49 Put On Your White Sombrero
50 Dum Dum Diddle

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

gsppic“Great Soul Performances” this evening will have a very diverse playlist. Since Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, all of our music will reflect “Thanks,” “Thank You,” “Thankful,” and even “Thanksgiving.” You’ll be hearing from: Boz II Men, Abba, Enchantment, Alanis Morissette, Sly & the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Brook Benton, Wayne Newton, Natalie Cole, Adam Sandler, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shania Twain and many others. The “Thankful” fun begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Make sure you bring me some egg nog and cranberry sauce when drop by to check out “Great Soul Performances” later today on the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7pm ET

1976tTonight we remember the hits from the summer of 1976 where you’ll here the Doobie Brothers, Cliff Richard, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, John Handy, Abba, James Taylor, Eddie Rabbit, The Steve Gibbons Band, Tubes, Olivia Newton John  and so much more. Join Dan Varroney at 7pm ET.

Feature LP: Abba – The Visitors (1981) 8:15p

Abba Vistors LPThe Visitors is the eighth and final studio album by Swedish pop group ABBA, released on 30 November 1981.

With The Visitors, ABBA took several steps away from the “lighter” pop music they had recorded previously and the album is often regarded as a more complex and mature effort. The opening track, “The Visitors”, with its ominous synthesizer sounds and the distinctive lead vocal by Frida, announced a change in musical style. With Benny and Frida going their separate ways, the pain of splitting up was explored yet again in “When All is Said and Done“. The major hit single on the album, “One of Us” also depicted the end of a love story. Elsewhere there were current Cold War themes—highly topical at the time—and further songs of isolation and regret.

The Visitors album was one of the first records to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be manufactured on the new CD format in 1982 on Atlantic. The Visitors has been reissued in digitally remastered form three times—first in 1997, then in 2001 and again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set.

The Visitors Deluxe Edition was released on 23 April 2012. As with previous releases in the Deluxe Edition series, this version of ABBA’s final album offers a DVD of archive material along with CD bonus tracks – including the demo medley “From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel”, the first previously-unreleased ABBA recordings since 1994.  (Source: Wikipedia)

No. Title
1. The Visitors (Crackin’ Up)
2. Head over Heels
3. When All Is Said and Done
4. “Soldiers”
5. “I Let The Music Speak”
6. One of Us
7. Two For the Price of One
8. Slipping Through My Fingers
9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
Bonus Tracks:
No. Title
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. “I Am the City”
12. You Owe Me One
13. Cassandra
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came

RadioMax Special – Agnetha Fältskog Interview 9pm ET

agnethaAgnetha Åse Fältskog or just Agnetha Fältskog is a Swedish recording artist born on 5 April 1950. She achieved success in Sweden after the release of her debut album Agnetha Fältskog in 1968, and reached international stardom as a member of the pop group ABBA, which has sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the best–selling music artists in history and the second or third best–selling band in history.

On 11 March 2013 it was announced that the album is called “A” and is produced by Jörgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl. Pre-orders have appeared on the New Zealand, Australia, Russia & the UK iTunes Store. It will be released on 10 May 2013 (13 May in the UK). In the UK the first single “When You Really Loved Someone” was released for download on 11 March, the music video was also released on the same day. In Germany the first single is “The One Who Loves You Now” and it was also released for download on 11 March 2013. The album includes a duet with Gary Barlow “I Should’ve Followed You Home”.

This program is an interview performed by Barry Barnes. Music selected from the various Agnetha releases including Cilla Black, Abba and Connie Francis tracks.  This is a 9o minute feature.  Some material sourced from Wikipedia and Program produced by Ron Kovacs from the official interview.

Artist Countdown: Agnetha Fältskog Top 20 Hits 6pm ET

Agnetha FältskogAgnetha Åse Fältskog or just Agnetha Fältskog (Swedish pronunciation: [aŋˈneː.ˈta ˈfɛlt.ˈskuːɡ]) is a Swedish recording artist born on 5 April 1950. She achieved success in Sweden after the release of her debut album Agnetha Fältskog in 1968, and reached international stardom as a member of the pop group ABBA, which has sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the best–selling music artists in history and the second or third best–selling band in history. – Wikipedia

1 The Heat Is On
2 Wrap Your Arms Around Me
3 I Won’t Let You Go
4 If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind
5 Never Again (with Tomas Ledin)
6 The Last Time
7 Can’t Shake Loose
8 The Way You Are (with Ola Håkansson)
9 When You Walk In The Room
10 When You Really Loved Someone
11 I Wasn’t the One (Who Said Goodbye) (with Peter Cetera)
12 One Way Love
13 Let It Shine
14 Man
15 I Don’t Know How To Love Him
16 Are You Gonna Throw It Away
17 We Move As One
18 To Love
19 Sometime’s When I’m Dreaming
20 Little White Secrets