THE SHOW - A Tribute to ABBA
Ulf Andersson was one of the most sought-after saxophone players in Stockholm in the 1970s, and Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and their sound engineer Michael Tretow immediately thought of him when they needed a groovy musician. The most famous of Ulf's saxophone features probably remains the recording of I do, I do, I do. He is still one of the most wanted saxophone players in Europe and has performed with Monica Zetterlund, Tchad Jones, Frank Sinatra Jr, Georgie Fame, Rich Matteson, Larry Willis, Lars Samuelson Big Band and others. Ulf Andersson also participated in the ABBA world tours and has appeared on thousands of recordings.
formed 1968 the group OPUS III that also included Ola Brunkert. 1969 came the album OPUS III with Jannes tunes. 1970 he started his career as a studio musican (over 4,700 sessions) and 1971 he and Ola played at Ted Gärdestads first album “Wonders”.
Producers for that album were Björn and Benny and background vocals were deliverd by Annifrid och Agneta. Before the release of Teds album Björn and Benny called Janne and Ola and asked if they liked to be part of a “project” as later became ABBA. In the beginning of the “project” they tested and improvised a lot and some parts of the music were created in the studio.
The first song that Janne recorded with ABBA was “People need love”. During the years up to the last album he played at 47 of ABBAs about 100 songs.
Some of the tracks that Janne recorded are: Ring ring, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, SOS, Knowing me knowing you, Super trooper, Voulez vous, I have a dream, Happy new year, Thank you for the music, Eagle, Bang a boomerang, So long, Why did it have to be me and so on.
1973 Janne recorded his first solo album, sold gold and competed with ABBA and Ted Gärdestad on the top-lists. During the years Janne has recorded 14 solo albums and (1978 he recorded an album in Los Angeles with members from TOTO as turned out to be great fans of ABBA) and also 6 compilation albums in his own name. He had also time for a musical album, The Wizard from Oz . Besides playing the guitar he also wrote and produced the music on the 5 albums with Electric Banana Band,. He has received 2 Grammy Awards and The Swedish Goverment awarded him the medal: Illis Quorum.
In the eighties Janne and Björn J:son Lindh toured frequently in Germany and Switzerland.
Last autumn the musical “Banankontakt” was presented at Malmö Operahouse with music composed by Janne and lyrics by Lasse Åberg. It was big success both among critics and audience.
Janne is constantly touring with among others Björn J:son Lindh, Electric Banana Band and his own band.
This is the first time since the ABBA sessions that Janne performes and and plays ABBA songs in larger events like these..
Roger Palms ABBA-period began before ABBA
was born, and started out with studiosessions on
AnniFrid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog soloalbums as well as Björn and Bennys recordings of there own songs with themselves and other artists.
A new CD-album entitled "Lycka", with Björn and Benny's songs from the early 1970th is to be
released in Europe in may 2006, and contains the very first recordings to feature all four members of the upcoming ABBA. Rogers first recording with ABBA was "Rock 'n Roll Band", recorded in august 1972, followed by titles as:
Mamma Mia, Rock Me, Dancing Queen, Intermezzo no 1, One Man, One Woman, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, Take a chance on me, Thank You for the music, and on ABBA-related recordings.
AnniFrids soloalbum "Frida Ensam" produced by
Benny Andersson from 1975. Michael B. Tretow's "Let's Boogie" 1976, and "Greatest Hits", and undercover on Carambas monsterhit "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot". Nashville Train - Abba our way, Charlie Norman "Garner & Hemvävt" 1973,
produced by Benny Andersson.
Ted Gärdestad album "Ted-73" produced by Björn&Benny followed by "Upptåg-74", "Franska Kort-76", and Teds eurovision songcontest winner "Satellit" 1979.
Svenne&Lotta "Bang en Boomerang" SAMI tells us that Roger Palm has played on no less than 4,188 registrated songtitles.
Lasse Wellander started playing the guitar as a youngster in the early 60s. His first ABBA session was in October 1974 when Intermezzo No.1 and Crazy World were being recorded and he later became the band's main guitarist and toured with the group in 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1980. He continued working with Björn and Benny following the ABBA period and appeared on the Chess concept album, the two Gemini albums, and also on the 1993 Josefin Nilsson album Shapes. Lasse has also had some solo successes including two Top-40 albums in the mid-1980s and a big radio hit with his instrumental version of the Chess song Anthem in 1992.
Powerhouse was a blues club in Örebro, which became an important factor in Mats musical background. Performing there in the 1960s he first met the already established musician Lasse Wellander, who was part of Peps & Blues Quality. With Wellander and Bosse Skoglund he went on to form the band Nature in 1970 releasing two albums with Gump, a label owned by Metronome. Nature also toured with artists including Pugh Rogefeldt, Ted Gärdestad and Ulf Lundell. In 1979, Mats Ronander was invited to perform with ABBA on their world tour, when Björn and Benny needed a guitar player who could also sing.
Bass player Rutger Gunnarsson was a member of various local rock bands before making his first ever studio session playing on a little-known Swedishlanguage ABBA track: "Åh, vilka tider". Rutger went on to appear on all ABBA albums and became their main string arranger from 1976 onwards and toured with the group in 1977, 1979, and 1980. When the ABBA period came to an end, he continued working with Björn and Benny through the 1980s, appearing on the Chess concept album, the first Gemini album, and also on the 1993 Josefin Nilsson album, Shapes.
Sadly our dear friend Ola Brunkert died tragically in his home in Majorca Spain March 16 2008. Ola toured with ABBA THE SHOW in USA back in 2002 and we all miss his sympathic and positive nature. Ola Brunkert was originally a jazz drummer and a member of the blues band Slim's Blues Gang. He later joined the pop group Science Poption in the mid- 1960s and after working with the guitarist Janne Schaffer in the jazz-pop group Opus III he started getting work as a session musician from 1970 onwards. Ola's first known ABBA-related session is also the group's very first single, People Need Love. Ola and bass player Rutger Gunnarsson are probably the only musicians who have appeared on all ABBA albums. Ola also toured with ABBA in 1977, 1979, and 1980.
Born 1951, Finn Sjoberg was musically raised in the Swedish city Orebro during the sixties. Funny enough two of his playmates in the intense music life of Orebro was the two later-to-be ABBA guitarists Mats Ronander and Lasse Wellander. At that time all kinds of music from the famous contemporary pop groups to a lot of blues and even deep into a lot of jazz were essential parts of life.
In 1970 Finn moved to Stockholm, to study, with poor success. Soon he played in the ”Swedish progg”-group “Kvartetten som sprängde”. After that he started to work as a freelance musician with different Swedish acts - backing up the international Swedish star Harpo, among others. Trying to grow up, he was contracted as a record producer on the Swedish label Metronome, where he produced a number of high quality records.
Finns’ ABBA period stretches from 1974 to 1977. At first Finn was the extra guitarist in the group Beatmakers who did a few tours backing up ABBA. Later followed a few tours with a more regular freelance musician setup. The last tour was the Australian tour 1977, documented in ABBA - the Movie. Finn did approximately 50 live gigs with ABBA.
Over time Finn also joined ABBA in the studio. For a guy interested in instrumental music, it was fun to take part in the recording of Intermezzo #1, Benny’s instrumental. Other nice moments where Mama Mia and Rock Me among others.
After the ABBA period, Finn worked a lot in the studio, both as a musician and as a producer on a number of records. He started a 17-year period as the guitarist with the famous Swedish singer Lill Lindfors.
In 1983, Finn gave studies another try. After taking his Master Degree at the Royal Technical Highschool i Stockholm, he has doubled as an IT-professional and as a musician.
Finn has released two instrumental records in his own name, the latest in1998: ”Guitar Heaven”
Finn can be found on the web at www.sliderecords.com