Along with Benny Anderson, Anne-Frid Lyngstad, and AgnethaFaltskog, the Swedish musician Bjorn Ulvaeus created ABBA, one of the universally successful bands. ABBA split up, but Bjorn and Benny continued music until today. Bjorn after divorce from former wife Agnetha Falyskog fell in love with Lena Kallersjo, but this couple split up earlier this year after4 decades of marriage.
So the question that the audience is asking is: What lead to the divorce? And how did they split up their entire fortune? Here’s the answer to these:
In Gothenburg Sweden on April 25, 1945, Bjorn was born. His family moved to Vastervik when he was 6 years old, and grew up there. He wasn’t close to his father but was close to his mother.
Ulvaeus’s father had talent in music, which he had then passed to his son. In early life, Bjorn got himself a guitar and started practicing. He was soon seen as talented. He joined a folk group, the West Bay Singers in early 1960s. This group in 1963 entered a talent contest by Swedish Radio that led them to be discovered by Stig Anderson(song writer and publisher) and Bengt Bernhag. The band changed its name to Hootenanny Singers.
Two years later in Sweden Bjorn ran into a member of newly famous band called ‘The Hep Stars’, Benny Andersson. In the next meeting they deicided to co-write their own music.
The creation of ABBA:
“We had no place to go, so we dragged Benny’s amplifier and small organ down to the basement of the apartment house my parents lived in. That’s where we played,” Bjorn said. But neighbors complained about the noise, Bjorn added.
Bjorn and Benny wrote their first song, Isn’t It Easy To Say and sooner released their own album named, Lycka in 1970. By that time they had met their background singers on the album, Agnetha Faltskog and Anne-Frid Lyngstad, both of them very talented singers.
Bjorn Ulvaeus of his meeting with Agnetha said, that they had a duet together and that it was a magical moment. They fell in love there then and became a couple. Benny was also in love with Anni-Frid. Bjorn and Agnetha got married on July 6, 1971.
They were now in close contact with each other, four talented musicians. But the idea of band was not there yet. In 1972, they competed in Melodifestivalen, for Eurovision Song Contest, the Sweidish qualification competition performing Ring Ring. They got third position but the song was a hit.
The song reached out to the European World, and soon the group was famous. They entered the competition again and won this time with another song, Waterloo, also won the chance to represent Sweden. They perfomed at Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, and won. They decided to change the group’s name, ABBA was created here.
The story of Bjorn and Agnetha
In this ABBA excitement middle, Agnetha fell pregnant. Bjorn and Agnetha welcomed their first born duaghter, Linda in 1973. This wasn’t a very easy time for the couple, they were far awar from home but still wou d try to be home for their children, Agnetha said. With the worldwide success, Agnetha was torn between leaving her child for the band, and leaving the band to be with her child. ABBA was a new era of music success. SOS, another song was another hit, and Mama Mia in the same album, claimed no.1 spot on worldwide charts
ABBA had total 6 no.1 hits in Australia, making Australia the most ABBA-crazed of all. In 1979, with the release of 6th album, Bjorn and Agnetha had a divorce. But the couple kept it very professional, not letting the group suffer the consequences.
‘The Winner Takes It All’ song, was actually about the divorce sung by Agnetha. Bjorn said that it wasn’t how they meant it to be. He said, that he sang a demo of it and everyone liked it, saying he should sing it, but of course it was to be sung be Agnetha.
He added that it was praised by everyone but it was kind of strange hearing her, she kept it professional like an actress but afterward there were tears. He added that he wrote the song while he was drunk, also when he wrote ‘The gods may throw their dice’ his bottle was empty.
Agnetha said that she didn’t mind when he wrote the song exactly after divorce, in fact it was fantastic for her because she could sing it with emotions.
Eventually their divorce was affecting the songwriting of the group.
The Career after ABBA