• How ABBA Won Eurovision and Became International Pop Stars (1974)

    1 month ago - By Open Culture

    Eurovision, the flashy original song contest that captivates Europeans, tends to get roundly mocked in the U.S., where we choose our stars by having them sing other people's songs on TV in ridiculous costumes. Nonetheless, Americans have fallen in love with many a contest winner, and that's no more true than in the case of ABBA, the Swedish pop-disco juggernaut who broke through to international stardom when they won in 1974 with “Waterloo,” chosen twice as the greatest song in the competition's history.
    The two couples - Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaus; Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid...
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