In 1964 only one of the four future members of ABBA was recording-Björn and his folk group the Hootenanny Singers.The only other ABBA related recordings
done prior to this time were a few recordings that ABBA manager Stig Anderson did in the late fifties, mainly as a duo.
.Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers 1964 Swedish Lp Hootenanny
Singers-Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) 1964 Swedish Lp
1.Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers 1964 Swedish Lp
This is the first ABBA related album ever recorded & the Hootz's debut album.The
Hootenanny Singers included Björn Ulvaeus, Tony Roth , John Karlberg and Hansi Swartz. They all sang and played instruments,though often
studio musicians played on their records. Oddly, Hansi Swartz was a German national. The other three Hootz were Swedish
The group was not a full time pursuit ,the boyz went to college, the army and
did other jobs during the group's lifespan. The group started life in 1963 in Vastervik, Sweden as the West Bay
Singers but Stig Anderson changed their name to the Hootenanny Singers when he signed them up to be Polar Records' first act.
It was Stig that encouraged them to emphasize Swedish folk music. Their first album features some songs in English. The
Hootenanny's first album included their first hit " Jag Vantar Vid Min Mila" (a updated Dan Andersson song which supposedly
translates to "I'm Waiting For You at the Charcoal Kiln") It's a surprisingly powerful debut single. A harmonica is
featured prominently! Some English folk songs were included on the Hootz debut were -songs such as " Little Light Of
Mine" ,"Spanish Is The Loving Tongue" "Bonnie Ship The Diamond" ,"Kevin Berry " and there is even a song in Spanish ("Ave
Maria No Morro").
FROGG /JAG VÄNTAR VID MIN MILA ANN-MARGRET /HEM IGEN /GODNATTSAGA EN
BALLAD OM FRANSKA KUNGENS SPELMÄN
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MIND /SPANISH IS THE LOVING TONGUE/ AVE MARIA NO MORRO /BONNIE SHIP THE DIAMOND / KEVIN BERRY /HEY LILEY LILEY LO
2.Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) 1964 Swedish Lp
This includes the single "Gabrille"a song credited to Björn, Stig and a B.Thomas.
"Gabrille" was recorded in more than one language. Most of the songs on this Lp are in Swedish , other songs featured include "I
Lunden Gröna " and "Darling". One interesting coincidence to note here is that like Bjorn ,Agnetha Faltskog also did not
bother to come up with specific titles for her first two albums.
GABRIELLE LERA OCH STEN KÖRSBÄR
UTAN KÄRNOR I LUNDEN GRÖNA DÄR SKALL JAG BO ÄLVENS MÖRKA STRAND SIDE TWO
DEN GYLLENE FREGATT EN MOR -
LA MAMMA ÖSREGNET STANNA EN STUND MIN GRÖNA
1965 brought forth Benny's first work with the Swedish rock
group the Hep Stars as well as continued releases from Björn's Hootenanny
Hootenanny Singers-Sjunger Evert Taube 1965 Swedish Lp The Hep Stars-WE AND OUR CADILLAC 1965 Available
on Swedish Cd The Heps Stars -HEP STARS ON STAGE-1965 Available on Swedish CD
3.Hootenanny Singers-Sjunger Evert Taube 1965 Swedish Lp
Evert Taube (1890-1976) was one of Sweden's greatest songwriters , Taube was
the subject of two albums by the Hootz. This was their first album of Taube songs. This features the hit "Den Skona
Helen" which has a bit of Country music feel to it. Hootenanny expert, Karl Van views this as one of the Hootz best albums.
Britta (Soldatvisa) /Här Är Den Sköna Sommar/ Den Gyllene Fågeln
(Bröllopsresan till Barcelona) Solola/ Min Älskade Hon Gick Sig I Min Lustgård Den
Sköna Helen (Flican i Peru) Anna Bella Mirafior /Telegrafisten Anton Hanssons Vals En
Håttespeleman /Första Torpet /September Tango Rosa
4.The Hep Stars-WE AND OUR CADILLAC 1965 Available on Swedish Cd
That's Caddy-lack. Benny Andersson joined the Hep Stars in October 1964 .They had made just
one single (Kana Kapila) with their first organist , Hasse Ostlund. For this, their debut album , the Hep Stars would feature
Svenne Hedlund on Lead Vocals, Janne Frisk on Guitar and backing Vocals ,Benny on Keyboards, Christer Pettersson on drums
and Lelle Hegland on Bass. The group's early record are more group efforts - Benny and Svenne do not dominate the group
as much as on the later records.
The group hit it big in Sweden right after Benny joined. A raucus Who-like TV debut would help
the group top Sweden's charts with" Farmer John", "Cadillac",and "Bald Headed Woman" and hit the top five with "Tribute to
Buddy Holly". All of which can found on the CD version of this, the Hep Stars first album.
"Cadillac" is powerful and "Bald Headed Woman" shows what Benny can do with a Hammond Organ.
Most of the songs are covers of American and English songs. This album also features Benny's first composition; a Kinks
like rocker (with bad lyrics), called "No Response". "No Response" was supposedly the last song recorded for the album. This
album was released by EMI-Sweden's Olga label,
was released by EMI-Sweden's Olga label,
Orginal album- Cadillac, Be my baby, That's when your heartaches begin, Send me some lovin', Young
and beautiful, Rockin' love, No response, I'll never quite get over you, Sweet little sixteen, Oh! Carol, Then she (he) kissed
me, Bald headed woman
CD Bonus tracks: Kana Kapila, I got a woman, A tribute to Buddy Holly, Bird dog, If you need me, Summertime
blues, Farmer John, Donna
5.The Heps Stars -HEP STARS ON STAGE-1965 Available on Swedish CD
KRILLE! JANNE! LELLE! BENNY! SVENNE!-THE HEP STAARS! That's how this album starts. A very
Swedish announcer pronounces all the Hep Stars names with same ending syllable, (Krill-lee was the nickname of the Heps'
drummer -Christian Peterson. )
ON STAGE is a highly vigorous live album recorded on the Swedish folk park circuit in the summer
of 1965. The early Hep Stars were not known for restraint on stage. The fan screaming on here is not manufactured and not
totally without some justification. This album is more exciting than ABBA's live album, albeit, with far worse material
Most of the material played here are covers -a limitation which had drove Benny to write material
for the group. Benny mainly plays electric organ here. At one point Svenne asks the Swedish audience to "Clap Your
Hands" but he does it in English, as if saying such things in Swedish wouldn't be cool.
All the recent CD reissues of Hep Stars albums include non album A and B sides as bonus
tracks. The bonus tracks here include "So Mystifying" (the Kinks song), the single version of "Cadillac" and" Should
I" (originally by Chad and Jeremy) ." Should I" blindsides with a blistering organ solo at 1:33.
Although this is good live album, it is of less interest to ABBA fans simply because there
is only one song written by Benny to be found here.
ORIGINAL ALBUM -Cadillac, Be my baby, That's when your heartaches begin, Send me some lovin', Young
and beautiful, Rockin' love, No response, I'll never quite get over you, Sweet little sixteen, Oh! Carol, Then she kissed
me, Bald headed woman
CD BONUS TRACKS: Kana Kapila, I got a woman, A tribute to Buddy Holly, Bird dog, If you need me, Summertime
blues, Farmer John, Donna
1966 saw the birth of Björn
and Benny's writing partnership in the song "Isn't it Easy To Say", as well as some rapid sophistication in the work of both
the Hootenanny's and the Hep Stars.
Hootenanny Singers-International 1966 Swedish Lp The Hep Stars -The Hep Stars 1966 Available on Swedish
CD. Hootennanny singers- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 Swedish lp
6.Hootenanny Singers-International 1966 Swedish Lp
Our Björn goes off to London here to record a few tracks and to take in
the scene. The resulting album includes the key song, " No Time " -Björn's first important composition in English (though
supposedly he had help from a Martin Dean on the songs' socially conscious lyrics. ) Benny's band the Hep Stars would also
record "No Time".. Others songs in English include "Time To Move Along" ,and "In the Darkness of My night". The major
Swedish song here was "Björkens Visa "(Song of the Birch Tree).
Björkens Visa Små Nära Ting Vildandens
Klagan Finns Det Liv Så Finns Det Hopp Lili - Marleen En Festling Dag
(It`s good news week) SIDE 2
No Time Wenn Alle Ströme Versiegen Time
To Move Along Fermati In Me (Stanna en stund) In The Darkness Of My Night La Mamma
7.The Hep Stars -The Hep Stars 1966 Available on Swedish CD.
An important album. The Hep stars have a slightly mellower sound here. This is probably the most
consistently good Hep Stars album.
This is where Benny emerges here for first time as a full fledged songwriter and his talent is
already blossoming. The CD version of this has seven songs written by Benny and or Björn. (Five of which were on the original
LP.) The first song Björn and Benny ever wrote together the exquisite "Isn't It Easy To say is here.
The oft-told legend has it that "Isn't It Easy to Say" was written in the office of Björn's father's
papermill after Björn and Benny had met at a party in Vastervik that both the Hep Stars and the Hootenanny's attended.
A real standout track is one of Benny's solo compositions a #2 Swedish hit called "Consolation"
-"Consolation" is seemingly the lament of a dead (or metaphorically dead) lover . Benny's organ melds well with the band here. The
song's chorus hook soars to the sky on the strength of the band performance.
Benny also wrote the haunting classically influenced "Sound of Eve" which features some lovely
piano and actual birdsong (A promo bio of Benny at the time indicates that Benny already had developed an interest in bird-watching).
The backing vocals on "Sound of Eve' are ambitious.
Two of the most famous Hep Stars songs are here. The Hep Stars biggest international hit-"Sunny
Girl"(written by Benny) is found here as a bonus track. The other famous songs is "Wedding" a wedding march written
by Benny and Svenne that later was played by Benny at Björn and Agnetha's wedding. in July 1971.
The Hep Stars version of the Hootenanny Singers hit "No Time ' is done here at a less sleepy
pace than the Hootz's original. The best of the non-Benny compositions is the anti-war song "Last Night I had the Strangest
Dream" which like a lot of songs here has some solid three (or more) part harmony on which Svenne sings with Janne and Benny.The
Swedish version of the same song can also be found here. (The Hep Stars often did English and Swedish versions of the same
All in all ,this album stands up well against albums by British and American artists of the time. It
is a must have for students of the songwriting of Björn and Benny.
No time,/The birds in the sky/ Consolation/ Easy
to fool/ Sound of eve/ Isn't it easy to Say / Lady, lady/ Last night I had the strangest dream/ Morning comes after
night/ I've said it all before, Wedding
Tracks not on original LP but added to CD reissue- Sunny girl,/Hawaii/ When
my blue moon turns to gold again/ I natt jag drömde/ Jag vet/ Don't/ Malaika, It's nice te be back Again/
8.Hootennanny singers- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 Swedish lp
There you go a translation in the actual album title. The cover features two nearly
identical photos of the boyz, one serious , one relaxed. The songs on side one are in Swedish and on side two are in
English. The English titles include "Through Darkness Light"(written and produced by Manfred Mann's Mike 'D'Abo) ,"Just The
Way That You Are" , "The Long Black Veil" as well as two more famous songs-"Baby, those Are The Rules" and Benny Andersson's
This album includes Björn's chauvinistic but, tongue in cheek pop song "Baby
Those Are The Rules". Like lots of Hootz records "...Rules" features a lot of harmonica. The lyrics on "Baby ..." were written
by American producer Sandy Alexander.
This album also has a version of Benny's song "Sunny Girl" as well as Benny's
first appearence playing together on record with Björn on the song "Blomman"(The Flower). Benny's organ takes over the record
on "Blomman". One of the best of the remaining songs on the album, was Björn's
composition-"In Thoughts of You". , Bjorn was preparing for the day when he could have a solo career.
1.Blomman 2.Marianne 3.Vid Roines Strand 4.Vid En Bivåg Till En Byvåg Bor Den Blonda
Beatrice 5.En Man Och En Kvinna 6.Tänk Dej De' Att Du Och Jag Var Mej
1.Through Darkness Light 2.Sunny Girl 3.In Thoughts Of You 4.Just The Way That You Are
5.The Long Black Veil 6.Baby Those Are The Rules
In late 1967 both Agnetha and Frida began recording, though Agnetha's
work wouldn't make it unto a album till 1968 and Frida's till 1971.
Hootenanny Singers-Civila 1967 Swedish Lp Hootenanny Singers-Basta 1967 Swedish Lp
Northern Lights-GABRILLE mid 1960's American LP Frida's early recording career 1967-1970 The Hep
Stars -Jul Med Hep Stars 1967 Swedish Lp Issued on CD November 2001
9.Hootenanny Singers-Civila 1967 Swedish Lp
The title means civilians, a reference to the the fact that three of the Hootz
had just recently completed their tour of duty in the Swedish army. This album has "En Gang ar Ingen Gang" which is a
cover of "There Goes My Everything" an American country music song. This was a song that Frida also did a cover of. Covers
of country songs would be become a major part of the Hootz repretoire in the
This has "En Gang ar Ingen Gang" which is a cover of "There Goes My Everything"
an American country music song. This was a song that Frida also did a cover of.
The Hootz return largely to a Swedish repretoire on this album with songs such
as"Början Till Slutet ", "Marie-Christina" ," Laura (Vad Är Den Han Har Som Fattas Mej) "and " Mårten Gås ". " Mårten Gås
"is a fairly good song made by the strange by lead vocals of the Hootz's grizzled roadie .
SIDE ABörjan Till Slutet Du Ska Bara Tro På Hälften Marie - Christina Sång Och Musik Den Dagen Den Sorgen LAURA SIDE BAdjö, Farväl Du
Eller Igen Silver Och Guld Och Gröna Skogar Mårten Gås En Gång Är Ingen
10.Northern Lights-GABRILLE 1967 American and British Lp
Björn was the first of the eventual- members of ABBA to have an album released
in America. The Hootennany Singers released this album under the name Northern Lights . It includes songs from the
first few Hootenanny Singers albums.
Strangley Swedish language tracks were chosen,even though English language tracks
were available,Not surprisingly, the album didn't go anywhere- but it does exist. I have seen it with thine eyes! (Thank
you, Bob Eber!)
Gabrielle Finns Det Liv Så Finns Det
Hopp Björkens Visa I Lunden Gröna Vid En Biväg
Till En Byväg Bor Den Blonda Beatrice Vildandens Klagan
Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila Vid Roines Strand Marianne Ann-Margret Wenn Alle Ströme Versiegen
11.Hootenanny Singers-Basta 1967 Swedish Lp
This was the first Hootz hits collection... , "Basta " preety much means " Best
of " in Swedish.This collection includes some but not all their 1960's hits. Included are"Gabrille (Swedish version), 'Marianne",
"Blomman" and "No Time".
The Cd version of this album combines this album with 1969's collection called
DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY Singers and Björn Ulvaeus (see review below). So that's makes this CD a great value and a reasonablly
simple way to get most of the important Hootenanny songs. If you can only have only one Hootz record in your collection
this would be the one to have! More likely you have no hootz in your collection and thats ok too! Go Red Sox, Go Smurfs Do
Not pass go...
Songs forom the original BASTA LP-- Jag väntar vid min mila-Hootenanny
Singers(1st album) ,1964 Gabrielle -Hootenanny
Singers (2nd album) 1964 Den gyllene fregatt -Hootenanny
Singers (2nd album) 1965 I lunden gröna-Hootenanny
Singers (2nd album), 1965 Ave maria no morro-Hootenanny
Björkens visa--International 1965 En sång en gång för längesen-Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 Marianne-Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 Blomman- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces, 1966 Vid
en biväg till en byväg bor den blonde Beatrice-Manga Ansikten/ Many Faces,1966 Baby Those Are The Rules- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 No time-International 1966
Frida's early recording career 1967-1970
Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) went into the recording studio and recorded her first single
for EMI in late 1967.. Frida's early career entirely consisted of singles releases released only
in Scandanavia.. None of her early singles were particularly successful....Many of these songs would show up on her second
album-which was a collection of her early singles.
Her early work was largely light jazz or sophisticated pop music. All of this material has been
made available on Cd and much of it had been released on album.
En Ledig Dag / Peter Kom Tillbaka
Din / Du Är Så Underbart Rar
Simsalabim / Vi Möts Igen
Mycket Kär / När Du Blir Min
Härlig Är Vår Jord / Räkna De Lyckliga Stunderna Blott
Så Synd Du Måste Gå / Försök Och Sov På Saken
Peter Pan / Du Betonar Kärlek Lite Fel
Där Du Går Lämnar Kärleken Spår / Du Var Främling Här Igår
12.The Hep Stars -Jul Med Hep Stars 1967 Swedish Lp Issued
on CD November 2001Christmas with the Hep Stars.
Festive, no doubt. The LP edtion of this ,IS somewhat rare. This is being reissued on CD
for Christmas 2001.It is reissued with a new track listing that includesa couple of previously unreleased tracks as well asthe
omision of some 3 of the lesser tracks.
The CD opens with "Christmas On My Mind" a fairly good song that's on the HEP STARS 1964-69 Cd.
This album also includes "Nu ar det jul igen" , "Nu tandas tusen juleljus" and a humourous version of "Jingle Bells".
The Swedish Christmas standard "Nu Tandas tusen julejus" would be later recorded by Björn's Hootenanny
Singers and Agnetha & Linda Fältskog. It is the only song I believe to have been recorded by three different ABBA solo
1. Christmas On My Mind 2. Pojken Som Jultomten Glömde 3. White Christmas
4. Alla Sover Utom Jag 5. Jingle Bells 6. Christmas Today 7. Good King Wencelas (previously unreleased) 8.
The Boy That Old Santa Forgot 9. Det Strålar En Stjärna (previously unreleased) 10. Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand 11.
Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus 12. Stilla Natt 13. Dotter Sion
1968 saw the innocent first albums of
Agnetha Faltskog as well as Björn's short-lived
solo singles career.
Hootenanny Singers-Bellmann Pa Va Sart 1968 Available on Swedish Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog
1968 Swedish LP available on cd The Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time 1968 Japanese Cd Hootenanny Singers-Fave
AR 1968 Swedish Lp Hep Stars -Songs We Sang '68 1968 Available on Swedish CD. Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog-Volume
2 1968 or 1969 Swedish Lp Björn Ulvaeus Solo Career- 1968-1969
Hootenanny Singers-Bellmann Pa Va Sart 1968 Available on Swedish Cd
Our boyz our on the cover decked out in 1700's garb. Björn has a mustache and is
holding a wooden flute. Hansi is having a cocktail. When we read the liner notes we find all the songs have long titles
and references to to numbered epistles. Whatz up! Well our boyz are paying homage to Swedish poet/musician Carl Michael
Bellmann's classic work was the Fredman's Epistlar published in 1790 .It's 82 songs
tell the story of a middle class hard drinking clockmaker in a style that originally parodies the Pauline epistles.All of
the songs here are adaptions of Bellmann songs .The boyz had to shorten many of the texts.
It's not clear where the impetus for this project came. Obscure Hootz albums
are not the kind of thing you hear about in ABBA interviews. The first track on the album ,"Maltidssang" ,was a mild Swedish
hit for the boyz. This is obviously a less pop sounding album but the boys strident harmony singing sounds the same as
it always has. Interestingly , there are some short orchestral bits thrown in here and there that were arranged by S.O.
Walldorf. Walldorf would also do string arrangements for Agnetha's solo albums and ABBA themselves.
This album was recorded at Metronome Studios in Stockholm and co-engineered by
Michael Tretow. This is the earliest of the the Hootz studio albums to be available on Cd. This is the only Hootz studio album
from the 1960's available on Cd..
.Måltidssång Rörande Kortspelet På Klubben/ Angående
Ulla Winblads Lustresa Till Första Torpet Utom Ka/ttrumpstullen / Till Lokatten Till Gumman På Thermopolium / Boreale Och Hennes Jungfrur
Aftonkväde /Nota Bene / Till Fader Berg
Rörande Fiolen / Till En Och Var Av Systrarna, Men Enkannerlingen Till Ulla Winblad
/ Varuti Avmålas Ulla Winblads Hemresa Från Hessingen I Mälaren En Summarmorgon 1769/ Klingar
Väl Vid Flöjttraver/
Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog 1968 Swedish LP
available on cd Reissued in 2004
as part of Agnetha Box set..
In the late Summer of 1967,Agnetha was singing in Bengt Enghardt's dance band in Jonkoping, Sweden when
a demo tape she had sent to Cupol Records drew the interest of producer Little Gerhard. Sadly, for the Bengt Enghardt
dance band, only Agnetha was signed.. Agnetha recorded her first single in October 1967 and by late 1968 her first album
had been recorded and released.
The Agnetha Fältskog album compiled the contents of her first five singles. Two of the singles
"Jag Ar Sa Kar" (I Was so in love)"and"Allting har förändrat sej (Everything has changed ) were actual hits.
The album cover pictures Agnetha in a sweet but sexy pose in a miniskirt. Agnetha wrote or co-wrote most
of the songs on her first album a remarkable accomplishment for a 18 year old woman singer in 1968. This is a very innocent
This has finally been reissued on Cd by Royal Records. The cd includes three bonus tracks, and some
of the original artwork.This album is also reissued as part of -De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6 CD
Track listing for original lp; Jag var så kär/Jag har förlorat dig / Utan
dej/ Allting har förändrat sej / Försonade/ Slutet gott allting gott / Tack Sverige / En sommar med dej / Snövit
och de sju dvärgarna / Min farbror Jonathan / Följ med mig Den jag väntat på
Bonus Tracks- Sjung denna sång / Någonting
händer med mig / Borsta tandtrollen bort (Aggie's Public service record to remind Swedish children to brush their teeth.)
The Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time 1968 Swedish Lp Out of print Japanese Cd
I haven't actually held this album in my hands. Supposedly it was reissued on CD by M&M
Records in Japan . This was the first of the Hep Stars studio albums to be reissued on Cd.But is no longer easily availble.
EMI did most of the other Hep Stars reissues.
1967 had been a year in which the Hep stars had searched for various ways to break out internationally,
cos they were scared that one day Bjorn would have a solo career...
Early in the year they worked on aborted film project- Habari Safari-( some of which was filmed
in Africa, but because there was no plot the footage filmed proved to be useless. This album was recorded in late 1967
largely in London. On this album session musicians filled in for Janne, Christer and Lennart.
(-a common if heartless practice in the 1960's) . An American producer Steve Clark was brought
in to produce the album.
The original album featured a lot of songs mainly written by others supposedly in the soft
rock vein. Benny did write a couple of tunes on the album.The bonus tracks included many of the songs on Songs We Sang
68 CD-(if you have this Cd you could probably get by without Songs We Sang 68). The front
cover of the Lp features a colorful drawing -ah the fabulous 1960's!!!
Enter the young/Hope/5 am/It's Time For A change/Changing Away From You/It's Been a Long Long Time
/Musty Dusty/Spinging,Spinging,Spinging/There Is love/ Would You Like To Go /It's now A Winters' Day /Another Time/ Bonus tracks found on CD issue Det Finns En Stad/ Sagan Om Lilla Sofi /Let It
BE me/Groovy Summertime/Holiday For Clowns/A Flower In My Garden/Save Your Heart For me/I Sagans Land/Bilden Av/Suddenly Tommorow
Is Today/Warten Auf Den Tag/Songs We sang
Hootenanny Singers-Fave AR 1968 Swedish Lp
The album title translates to Five Years. The Hootz had been together five years.
This features a very strangely recorded Swedish cover of the Turtles hit-"Elenore" .( Well I suppose the Hootz version of
"Elenore" is not that strange since strange weird effects & phased guitars were normal in 1967 and Sweden's a year behind
On this album the Hootz do a Kingston Trio song . "Greenback dollar' -the Hootz
were continuing to draw on folk sources for the majority of their material even though Björn personally favored doing
more Rock and Pop numbers.
Nomar was just as good as A-ROD......
Hep Stars -Songs We Sang '68 1968 Available on Swedish CD.
The Hep Stars continue down the middle of the road a bridge too far perhaps here .The group now
included Svenne's future wife, Charlotte (Lotta) Walker a African-American singer from an American pop-soul group called
the The Sherry's.
Somehow, Lotta found herself stuck in Sweden in the arms of Svenne Hedlund . Svenne knew full
well that Bjorn would soon have a short solo career....
In Lotta's honor, the album starts out with a medley of Soul cover numbers (mostly) recorded
at Swedish folkparks in 1968.Among the covers are "You Keep Me Hanging On", Let It be Me" and two versions of San Cooke's
The second side of the album features original studio material. It's good but it lacks direction.
The second released Björn and Benny composition is here and it's called "A Flower in My Garden". Svenne sings it with a Carl
The title cut ("Songs We Sang")is sung by Lotta (one of the first songs written by Benny with
a lead vocal sung by a woman). The bonus tracks include the Hep Stars last singles going into 1969. The bonus tracks include
the folksy B&B song, "Speleman" .Also included are The b-side to "Speleman" - B&B's , "Precis Som Alla Andra" ,and
two numbers written by Benny with Svenne called "Like You Used To Do" and "She Will She love You" .
Fältskog-Volume 2 1968 Swedish Lp available on CD (some sources say this album was released in 1969)
Reissued in 2004 as part of Agnetha Box set..
Agnetha's first two albums were produced by the man who discovered her, Karl-Gerhard
Lundqvist (who also went by his performing name-Little Gerhard). Little Gerhard also wrote or cowrote some of the songs
on Aggie's first few albums.
VOLUME 2 is similar to the first album. This one features "Zigenarvan" (Gypsy Friend")
a rollicking song co-written by Aggie that apparently offended her large Swedish gypsy audience. These same gypsies were apprently
not offended by Bjorn's solo career...
At this point in her career Agnetha also attempted to become big in(the album GEH
MIT GOHT)Germany . This album was co-engineered by Michael Tretow.
This album was rereleased in 2000 on CD with bonus tracks by Royal Records .Has
lyrics and three bonus tracks! Features "Nu Ska Vi Opp" as a bonus track. "Nu Ska Vi Opp" was featured in the THANK YOU ABBA
video in a bizarre video where Agnetha joins the Swedish airforce.
track listing. with bonus tracks...
This album is also reissued as part of -De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6 CD box
Framför Svenska Sommaren/Lek Med Dina Dockor/Ge Dej Till Tåls/Skål Kära Vän/Glöm
honom/En Gång Fanns Bara Vi Två/Hjärtats Kronprins/Det Handlar Om kärlek/Som En Vind../Senor Gonzales/Zigenarvän/Tag Min hand../Nu
Ska Vi Opp Opp/ Medley:3 songs/En Stilla
Björn Ulvaeus Solo Career- 1968-1969
So your up late at night unable to sleep-and you toss and you turn as you wonder -did
Björn ever have a career as a solo artist? The answer is yes. Björn's short solo career occurred whilst he was still a
Hootenanny,and most of his solo tracks showed up on Hootenannny albums. His solo career only ended because he joined up with
Benny to become a duo (Björn and Benny).
Björn put out , under his own name, four singles (but no lp) out in 1968/69 on the Polar
label. These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of Björn's A-sides made it onto this onto the second Basta
album, which also functioned as the Hootz second Greatest Hits collection. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA" (rewritten
to become "Froken Frederickson' -they must not have PTA's in Sweden) and the Bobby Goldsboro's hit "Honey" (called here "Raring')
were big Swedish hits.
Raring/ Vill Du Ha En Vän SPRING 1968 Fröken Fredricksson/ Vår Egen Sång FALL 1968 Saknar Du Något Min Kära/
Gömt Är Inte Glömt SPRING 1969 Partaj-aj-aj/ Kvinnan I Mitt Liv WINTER 1969
In mid -1969 Benny left the Hep Stars and began working
full time as songwriter,producer and performer with
Björn who nonetheless continued to work for the Hootenanny Singers.
Benny and Björn began working with Fridaon her singles.
Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus-Du Baste Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus 1969 Available
in tandem with BASTA on cd
Jorgen Edman -Jorgen Edman 1969 Out of print Swedish lp
The Hep Stars-Pa Svenska 1969 Swedish lp The Hootennanny Singers - PÅ TRE MAN HAND 1969 Swedish Lp
Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus-Du Baste Hootenanny Singers & Björn
Ulvaeus 1969 Available in tandem with BASTA on Swedish Cd
So you ask yourselves yet again ,for the second time in as many minutes ,did Björn
ever have a career as a solo artist? ????The answer still is yes. Björn's short solo career occurred whilst
he was still a Hootenanny,and only ended because he joined up with Benny to become a duo (Björn and Benny).
Björn put out , under his own name, four singles (but no lp) out in 1968/69 on
the Polar label. These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of the A-sides made it onto this album which also
functioned as the Hootz second Greatest Hits collection. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA".(rewritten to become "Froken
Frederickson' -they must not have PTA's in Sweden) and the Bobby Goldsboro's hit "Honey" called here "Raring' were big Swedish
The best song from the second hit collection is a original composition by Björn
done for the Hootz as a single called "Mrs O'Grady" . which features great rythems and intriguing English lyrics. The use
of staccato strings was inspired no doubt by Beatles records like "Eleanor Rigby".
All the tracks released on this Lp were added to CD version of BASTA as bonus tracks.
-Songs from the original LP DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY SINGERS & Björn ULVAEUS
Början till slutet-Civilia 1967 Finns det liv så finns det hopp-International, 1966 Fåfängans marknad-Fem Ar 1968 En
gång är ingen gång-Civilia, 1967 Saknar du
något min kära-A-side by Bjorn,1968 Adjö farväl-Civilia, 1967 Elenore-Fem
AR, 1968 Raring-Bjorn A side, 1968 Mårten gås-Civila, 1967 Så
länge du älskar är du ung- -Aside, 1968 Fröken
Fredriksson Bjorn A-side& Fem Ar 1968 Mrs.
O'Grady A-side , 1967
Jorgen Edman -Jorgen Edman 1969 Out of print Swedish lp
This album was the first to feature both sides of Agnetha's late sixties single with Jorgen Edman Sjung denna säng/ Nagonting händer med dej. Jorgen was a Cupol records label mate... These
tracks also show up on the Sjung denna säng album and other compilations ...The rest of the songs on this album are
Jorgen Edman tracks.
The Hep Stars-Pa Svenska 1969 Swedish lp
The Hep Stars were having troubles staying whole at this point. Their main problem was that they owed
money to the Swedish taxing authorities , but also Benny, Svenne and Lotta were itching to try something new. So a totally
new studio album wasn't in the offing for 1969 and instead a compilation of the Hep Stars Swedish tracks was put together.
This includes includes both recent and older material., most of the songs had not been available on Lp at the time...Svenne
and Lotta 's Wedding Portrait is on the cover. This doesn't seem to available on Cd.
This was the last Hep Stars album before the tax problems and career changes led Svenne, Lotta and Benny
to leave the band. The last concert with Benny was August 31, 1969. The rest of the Hep Stars continued on for a bit ,Svenne
and Lotta continued to occasionally work with Benny in concert till 1973.
Björn & Benny would also have some involvement with Svenne & Lotta's albums when Stig signed S&L
to the Polar label. The Hep Stars would get together for reunion album in the 1990's (without Benny) called ACT II.
I natt jag drömde
A side Mot Okänt Land A-side Bilden av dej -Songs we Sang Är det inte kärlek, säg? B-side Speleman
Sagan om lilla Sofi Precis som alla
andra B-side Någonting har hänt B-side Jag vet B-side I
sagans land Tända på varann A-side
The Hootennanny Singers - PÅ TRE MAN HAND 1969 Swedish Lp
And then there were three. (the album's title means -"A group of Three")
The irreplaceable ,,Johan Karlberg left prior to the making of this album so
the Hootz were forced to make do as a threesome.
Johan wanted to go back to working at the family business.
This album includes Swedish songs such as "Vinden Sjunger Samma Sång &
"Ring Ring Här Är Svensktoppsjuryn" a couple of songs in English - "When I was Young" &
"Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand" and two tracks credited to Björn alone when
they were released as singles- the pleasent "Kvinnan I Mitt Liv" and the bizarre B&B song"Partaj-aj-aj" The album
hasn't been released on CD. Yes, and rememember Bjorn was solo for a time!..
VINDEN SJUNGER SAMMA SÅNG RING RING - SVENSKTOPPSJYRYN CASANOVA HEM TILL DE HEM
WHEN I WAS YOUNG
PARTAJ-AJ-AJ OM JAG KUNDE SKRIVA EN VISA KVINNAN
MIT LIV LEV SOM DU LÄR VÅRT SAMTAL I MORSE
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