Walking In Memphis Mark Cohn
Happy Birthday Agnetha! As ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog celebrates her 65th birthday on April 05, 2015, we chart her life and career in pictures.
At only 13 years old, she formed a musical group called The Cambers with two of her friends. By the time she was 18, Fältskog had already become a prominent artist in her home country.
At the time of their engagement, Ulvaeus was working with a songwriter named Benny Andersson. Andersson was engaged to Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who, much like Fältskog, was becoming an increasingly popular singer in Sweden. The two women sang back-up vocals for their fiancés and performed with them at small concerts. Then went on to form ABBA and eventually make musical history.
In 1972, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were asked to write a song for Sweden's submission into the upcoming 1973 Eurovision song contest. They chose to enter a song called Ring, Ring,’ which did not win. However, ABBA were again chosen to submit a song to Eurovision in 1974. Their entry this time was ‘Waterloo,’ which won the contest and reached number one across Europe.
ABBA released a host of successful songs in the 1970s, including S.O.S., Mamma Mia, Fernando and Dancing Queen. Around this time though, Fältskog was becoming increasingly concerned about how little time she was able to spend caring for her first child Elin Linda Ulvaeus.
Fältskog gave birth to a son, Peter Christian Ulvaeus, in 1977; in 1979, Fältskog and Ulvaeus got divorced. The two agreed to stay in the band, however, and the group stayed together until 1983. By that time, Andersson and Lyngstad had also ended their marriage.
After ABBA broke up, Fältskog went on pursue her solo career. In May 1983, she released her first post-ABBA solo album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me. The album was a moderate hit in North America and Australia, and reached the higher regions of the charts across Europe, including number one in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, and Denmark (where it became the biggest-selling album of the year), and number 18 in the UK.
In recent years, Fältskog has kept a relatively low profile. While her solo albums have not gained the popularity of ABBA's releases, she’s said in the past "I am now doing what I always wanted to do, writing songs, singing and recording, and being a little star. I like being a little star, being a big star is too much pressure and I don't like pressure at all. I don't really miss all the fame and success of ABBA."
In 2013, Fältskog released a new album called ‘A’ and it sold 600,000 copies in the first two months after its release. Now, she makes rare public appearances and won Best Female Album at the sixth Annual Scandipop event in 2014.