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DJ Jimmy Savile presented the first show live from the Manchester studio (with a brief link to Alan Freeman in London to preview the following week’s programme), which featured (in order) Dusty Springfield with “I Only Want to Be with You”, the Rolling Stones with “I Wanna Be Your Man”, the Dave Clark Five with “Glad …
It may seem far-fetched in today’s more cynical times, but Maiden refusing to mime truly felt like an important moment in British rock history. Running Free ended up spending five weeks on the charts, entering the Top 40 at number 46 and peaking at 34 in week three on March 8, 1980.
January 1 1964: The very first episode is broadcast. The show is presented by DJ Jimmy Saville. The Beatles perform their No 1 hit I Want To Hold Your Hand.
In 1991, however, the producers relaxed their rules on miming, allowing artists the option of singing live over a backing track instead. Yes, there had been live performances before – New Order were the first to go fully live when they sang Blue Monday in 1983 – but they were few and far between.
But in 2006, after years of falling ratings, Top of the Pops was cancelled. As music and TV streaming fractured our collective viewing habits, the singles chart started to feel like an irrelevance and, therefore, so did TOTP.
The official story is that lip-syncing was the issue: ABBA sang “S.O.S.” along to a pre-recorded backing track, and later in the show lip-synced to “Waterloo,” and this is said to have enraged Michaels, because nobody ever got to lip-sync when they were a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Yes. They were actually two married couples (Benny and Frieda, Bjorn and Agnetha) whose letters of their first names formed the acronym ABBA (Frida being short for Annfrida). They divorced in the late 1970s but continued to perform and write songs for a few more years.
Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were background singers on the album. Björn and Benny had arranged several tracks and Michael B. Tretow was engineer. The album featured 11 songs – most of them covers of well-known international hits.
She became the Dowager Princess of Reuss when Heinrich Ruzzo died of Lymphoma in October 1999. As of 2008 she lives in Zermatt, Switzerland with her aristocratic British boyfriend Henry Smith, 5th Viscount Hambledon.
While each member was focussing on other work, such as solo careers and songwriting, their marriages are believed to be the reason the band could not continue together, though for Björn and Agnetha, both have said their split was fairly “amicable.”
Every member of ABBA has gone on to remarry, though only the men have remained with their second partners. Agnetha married surgeon Tomas Sonnenfeld, which has been reported as having been a secret wedding. They married in 1990 but divorced after three years of marriage in 1993.
These days, Andersson and Ulvaeus derive a lot of income from their involvement with the London-based company Littlestar, which oversees the rights to the ABBA-inspired musical Mamma Mia! In 2015, the duo reportedly made £3.1 million, or about $4.3 million, in royalties and other dividends from the show.
Agnetha Faltskog was only 20-years-old when she became the hot blonde in the ’70s Swedish pop quartette “ABBA.” Guess what she looks like now!
Frida was the best singer in terms of her technical ability. She had a background in jazz; she also had the widest range. Agnetha wasn’t technically as good, but still very good.
Abba net worth That puts their total net worth as a group at between $800 million.
Agnetha’s spokesman, Steffan Linde, told me bluntly that, apart from Bjorn and Agnetha bumping into each other at the odd family event, there was really no contact between the band members on any level. ‘They do not socialise with each other,’ he snorted.
Back in 2000, Swedish Pop Group ABBA was offered $1 billion to reunite on stage ($250 million per member). There were reports of 100 shows and some reports of 250 shows. ABBA declined the massive offer.
Benny and Björn continue to write new music together while also pursuing solo projects. Bjorn lives in Sweden with Lena, his wife of 35 years, and is believed to be worth at least £90million. Benny’s the richest of the group – reportedly worth £100million.