Benny Andersson

Biography

Born: December 16, 1946; Stockholm, Sweden  
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
Read more 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 Read less
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  • 1.
    Abba For Orchestra
    Label: Carl Davis Collect   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stig Anderson,  Anni-Frid Lyngstad,  Benny Andersson,  Agnetha Faltskog
    Performer:  Dave Holmes,  Pete Callard,  Andy Vintner,  Andy Pask  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
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    Homeward Bound / Bryn Terfel, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001893102 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George David Weiss,  Marta Keen Thompson,  Samuel Stennett,  Paul Mealor  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Sissel,  Tamara Mumford
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    50 Best Songs From The Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27375 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers,  Richard M. Sherman,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Bayless,  Barbara Hendricks,  Van Johnson,  Kim Criswell  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Lee,  Robert Lowe,  Jonathan Tunick,  Gareth Davies  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
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    100 Greatest Musicals
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 1328 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  George Gershwin,  Richard Rodgers,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Jill Washington,  Jason Howard,  Lesley Garrett,  David Shannon  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Ivor Bolton,  James Fitzpatrick,  Andrew Greenwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works
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  • 5.
    Jerry Hadley - Standing Room Only
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61370 Release Date: 10/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marvin Hamlisch,  Sherman Edwards,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Frank Loesser  ... 
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
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  • 6.
    Mamma Mia! [2008 Deluxe Edition] [cd/Dvd]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001231100 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benny Andersson
    Performer:  Amanda Seyfried,  Lasse Wellander,  Cecilia Skarby,  Johanna Eriksson  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Lowe
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  • 7.
    Mamma Mia! [the Movie Soundtrack]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001143902 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benny Andersson
    Performer:  Jan Bengtson,  Per Lindvall,  Kalle Moraeus,  Benny Andersson  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Lowe
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    In My Element / Anne Sofie Van Otter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 477707 Release Date: 03/03/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benny Andersson,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Fredrik Jonsson,  Magnus Persson,  Jörgen Stenberg,  David Björkman  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  John Eliot Gardiner,  James Levine,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  English Baroque Soloists,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Spirit Of The Season / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 70071 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frode Alnaes,  Brossard de Montancy,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Sissel,  Richard Elliott,  Meredith Campbell,  Julie Bevan  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square,  Bells on Temple Square
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    Best Of Broadway - Hit Songs From Hit Musicals / Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64078 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Kander,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Jerry Herman,  Jim Jacobs / Warren Casey  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Dore,  Mary Carewe
    Conductor:  Nick Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  West End Chorus
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    Anne Sofie Von Otter - I Let The Music Speak
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719502 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Björn Ulvaeus,  Benny Andersson,  Bjorn Ulvaeus
    Performer:  George Wadenius,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Benny Andersson,  Jörgen Stenberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fleshquartet
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  • 12.
    Candlelight Carols
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5028 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Michael Praetorius,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allmänna Sången Choir
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  • 13.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    So Strong / The Celtic Tenors
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57284 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Paul McCartney,  Freddie Mercury,  Colin Mawby  ... 
    Performer:  Ronan Browne
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman,  Mike Moran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Celtic Tenors,  Vard Sisters,  Orchestra
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    Top Hat & Tails / Eton Chapel College Choir
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 218 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Con Conrad,  Richard Rodgers,  George Gershwin,  Louis Jordan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eton College Chapel Choir
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    Capital City / Band Of The Honourable Artillery Company
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 5170 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Horovitz,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Kenneth Alford,  Winson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stuart A. Watts
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Honourable Artillery Company Band
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