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Agnetha Fältskog

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Jönköping, Sweden (1967 – 1987, 2004 – present)

Agnetha Fältskog is a Swedish singer best known for her participation in the best-selling group, ABBA. She has had a long and fruitful solo career, as well as recording duets with artists such as Peter Cetera, Tomas Ledin and Ola Håkansson.

Agnetha was born in 1950 in Jönköping, Sweden. She began her singing career around 1967 as lead singer for the Bernt Enghardt band, a typical 1960s band. In 1968, she signed a contract as a solo artist and released her first album, Agnetha Fältskog. It was a significant hit, as were the follow-ups, Agnetha Fältskog Vol. 2 (1969) and Som jag är (1970). By this time, Agnetha was established as a major recording star in Sweden.

In 1969, Agnetha had become romantically involved with Björn Ulvaeus. Björn was at that time working with fellow songwriter/producer Benny Andersson on a series of projects. One such project was an occasional singing group, Festfolket, comprising of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Benny’s girlfriend, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (who also recorded as Frida).

During this time, Agnetha’s solo career continued with more successes, including taking the role of Mary Magdalene in the Swedish stage version of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1970, the two couples scored a significant hit, “Hej, gamle man”, although it was credited as Benny & Björn. In 1971, Agnetha released her final “pre-ABBA” album, När En Vacker Tanke Blir En Sång.

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