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Producer/songwriter/keyboardist Benny Andersson} co-produced the mega-hits of '70s Swedish pop group ABBA} along with fellow ABBA} member Björn Ulvaeus}. Listening to ABBA}, one can hear a definite Phil Spector}/Brian Wilson} and the Beach Boys} influence (the dense vocal harmonies) on their records, understandable since Andersson} cites the group as a favorite.

Benny Andersson} was born on December 16, 1946, in Stockholm and comes from an accordion-playing family, which spawned his interest in picking up the instrument as a child. After discovering Elvis Presley}, he began playing in rock bands. Choosing not to follow his father into the construction business, Andersson} quit his custodial job to play piano with the Hep Stars}. The group had 15 chart records in Sweden, including Andersson}'s song "Sunny Girl."} After being exposed to the recording studio, Andersson}'s interest was piqued.

Later he met songwriter/guitarist/producer Björn Ulvaeus} and they began collaborating. The duo decided to use their girlfriends, Anni-Frid Lyngstad} and Agnetha Faltskog}, on "People Need Love,"} which became a hit single. They decided to become the group Bjorn, Benny, Anna and Frida} in 1974. The quartet performed their "Waterloo"} at the televised Eurovision Song Contest and won first prize. Because of the huge exposure, "Waterloo,"} an Atlantic Records} single, became an international hit, going to number six on Billboard}'s pop charts in summer 1974.

ABBA}'s other charting singles were "S.O.S.,"} "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do,"} "Mamma Mia,"} "Fernando"} (number one adult contemporary), the shimmering million-selling "Dancing Queen"} (number one pop), "Knowing Me Knowing You,"} "Money,Money,Money,"} "The Name of the Game,"} the gold "Take a Chance on Me"} (number three pop), and "Does Your Mother Know"}; the group's last big hit was "The Winner Takes It All"} (number eight pop, number one adult contemporary). Their biggest albums were the gold LP Arrival} (early 1977), the platinum LP The Album} ("Take a Chance on Me"}) from 1978, the gold Voulez-Vous} (summer 1979), the gold Super Trouper} (late 1980), and The Visitors} (early 1982).

ABBA}, which disbanded in 1982, was profiled on a 1999 segment of VH1}'s Where Are They Now}. ~ Ed Hogan, All Music Guide

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