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Rutger Gunnarsson. late in the ABBA years.

On Drums!

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Ola Brunkert after ABBA.

And on  Lead Guitar!

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Janne Schaffer pictured on his debut album

Officially speaking the ABBA band was just the four members, but unofficially these eight sidemen were used most often as backing players, in the studio, live and on performances on TV or videos.

 

Ola Brunkert (1972-1981) Drums
In the 1970's Ola was ABBA's main drummer who like Rutger Gunnarson and Lasse Wellander was yet another brown- haired Swede. Ola played Drums on their first recording "People Need Love" He played Drums on the majority of ABBA recordings.
For some reason, towards the end of ABBA's career he was phased out as Bjorn and Benny's favorite
 session Drummer in favor of Per Lindvall. Ola didn't played on any of B&B's post ABBA solo work.

An accidental run-in with some glass in his apartment in Majorca, Spain led his unexpected death in March 2008. The freak nature of the accident
helped make Ola's death become notable worldwide news, and oddly
enough for the first time, non-hardcore fans knew who ABBA's drummer
was.

Mike Watson (1972-1980) Bass Guitar

A short British bass player.who somehow ended up in living and working Sweden.. He was ABBA's backup bass player when Rutger Gunnarsson was not used. He played on five of ABBA's studio albums. He played on their first recording "People Need Love".  He is also known for having portrayed Napoleon on the cover of the WATERLOO album.  Mike has recorded on his own, and done other session work...Along with Malando Gassama (the Gambian percussionist) he is the only one of ABBA's regular session band to not hail from Sweden.

Janne Schaffer (1972-1982) Lead Electric Guitar

Blond long haired Swede, a non-singing guitarist /composer. Janne was ABBA's first lead guitarist and most respected musician. Janne's pursuit of a solo career meant that Lasse Wallender would be ABBA's main lead guitarist from 1977 on. Janne continued to play on some ABBA sessions,but he did not play on any of ABBA's concert tours.

He has worked in a number of bands notably the Electric Banana Band,as well as working as a sideman with artists like Bob Marley, Ted Gardestad, Johnny Nash and Björn J:son Lindh....

Janne's albums are on primarily in a Jazz/rock fusion  vein. Remarkably, a few of albums were released on the CBS label in America. I never seem to remember how to spell his last name...sorry Janne...

His Albums include-Janne Schaffer, 1973, Andra, 1974, Katharis 1975 , Earmeal, 1977...many others....

For A more complete Listing of Janne's albums visit our  Janne Schaffer SOLO CAREER discography

Rutger Gunnarsson (1972-1982) Bass Guitar, String Arrangements

ABBA and B&B's loyal bassist played on more ABBA & ABBA solo songs than any other ABBA sideman. Indeed,  he has probably played on,more ABBA related records than anybody but Benny Andersson. He appears on each ABBA album, but was often spelled by the British bassist , Mike Watson. Rutger, a skilled arranger, also did some string arrangements for ABBA and other artists such as Celine Dion. He played on Chess, Kristina, , and Mamma Mia (Swedish and Movie versions).

In the early 70'a Rutger recorded  "Svea Svea", a novelty single but other than that, he  hasn't done much in the way of actual solo work . Rutger  worked in other bands (Nashville Train) ,worked with Lasse Wellander, and done production work. Rutger generally has had a mustache, and shorter hair than ABBA's guitarists. Rutger was born on 12th of February in 1946 in Linköping, Sweden.

Roger Palm (1972-1979) Drums

Dark haired spectacled, drummer notable for being the drummer on "Dancing Queen" , and "Mamma Mia".

Malando Gassama (1973-1979) Percussion

Gambian percussion notable for being the darkest skinned member of the ABBA entourage. He also played on albums by Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, Janne Schaffer, Ted Gardestad and Bjorn J:ison Lindh . Sadly, he died in Gambia in 1999 of a heart attack.

Lasse Wellander  (1974-1982) Lead Electric Guitar

Lasse Wellander, a thin-dark haired Swede. ABBA's main lead guitarist in their later career, He first played on the sessions for the 1975 self-titled ABBA album. He toured with ABBA in 1975, 1977, and 1979-80 He also worked with Agnetha, on CHESS, Gemini and Shapes albums...He released a album with Mats Ronander in 1978.
Lasse has put out at least four solo albums in Sweden .

Not too long ago he recorded a a solo guitar version of "Anthem"from Chess.

Recently, Lasse  played on Mamma Mia-the Movie Soundtrack.

Like Janne Schaffer, I have problems remembering how to spell his name....It's W-E-L-L-A like Pella windows!!!!! Lasse was born in Skrekarhyttan, Sweden in 1952.

Per Lindvall (1980-1982) Drums

The youngest member of the ABBA session band. He  was  last person to become a regular player in the ABBA band. He was the light-haired Drummer on most of ABBA's 1980's work, as well as on Chess and other B&B's projects. He also played on Mamma Mia-the Movie Soundtrack. He recorded one album (White on Blue) with a Swedish group called Crossfade, (not be be confused with the American post grunge group also called Crossfade). Per has also worked Aha, Lasse Wellander and many others.  

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CHART OF MUSICIANS WHO PLAYED ON ABBA ALBUMS

 LEAD SINGERS ON THE ORIGINAL ABBA ALBUMS
 lead singer/album  Ring Ring  Waterloo  ABBA

 Greatest

Hits 1

 Arrival  The Album

 Voulez

Vous

 Spanish

album

 Super Trouper

 The

Visitors

 1982

tracks

ABBA

LIVE

 box set
 Agnetha Faltskog  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
 Frida Lyngstad  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
 Björn Ulvaeus  x  x  x  x  x  spoken-voice  x      x    x  x
 Benny Andersson    x                     x
  THE REGULAR ABBA BAND
 
Musicians / ALBUM

 Ring

Ring

Waterloo ABBA  Arrival  The Album

 Voulez-

Vous

 Greatest

Hits 2

Super

Trouper

 The

Visitors

 1982  LIVE

80's

Agnetha

or Frida solo

Chess&

Gemini

 Benny Andersson-

Backing vocals,Keyboards etc(marimba,synthesizer,accordion, clavinet, mellotron, organ)

 x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x    x
Björn Ulvaeus -Vocals,guitar etc.(mandolin,banjo)  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x    
 Rutger Gunnarsson-Bass  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
 Mike Watson-Bass  x    x      x  x  x          
 Janne Schaffer-Guitar  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x    x      
 Lasse Wellander-Guitar      x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
 Ola Brunkert-Drums  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x        
 Roger Palm-drums  x    x  x  x    x            
 Per Lindvall-drums                x  x  x  x  x  x
 Malando Gassama-percussion    x    x  x  x          x    
 Ake Sundqvist-percussion                  x  x      
 Rutger Gunnarsson-String arrangments        x  x  x  x  x        x  
 Anders eljas-arrangments,keys            x          x    x

 S.O.Walldorf

-arrangements

 x  x  x  x      x            

 Lars Carlsson -

horns

       x  x  x  x  x          
 LESS REGULAR PLAYERS
 

 paul harris piano -voulez-vous

Finn Sjoberg -guitar -ABBA ,live ,gh2

anders glenmark Arrival, CHESS, Girls solo

ish ledesma guitar -voulez-vous

george terry guitar -voulez-vous

 

arnold paseiro bass-voulez-vous

joe galdo drum -voulez-vous

rolf alex voulez-vous

Per Sahlberg-Bass- waterloo

Christer Eklund-Sax -Waterloo

 

Ulf andersson -sax-abba, live

Bruno Glenmark- trumpet -abba

halldor palsson sax -voulez-vous,gh 2

johan stengard - sax -voulez-vous

 

raphael ravenscroft - sax on 1982 tracks

nils landgren -trombone-voulez-vous

 Björn J:son Lindh -Horn & string arrgnements ABBA, chess

anders dahl -sting arrangements- arrival

kajtek wojciechowski-sax gh2 super trouper, af solo

janne kling horns or flutes-super trouper, the visitors

christer danielsson trombone -greatest hits2

 

Jan risberg -oboe -voulez-vous

international school of stockholm choir --voulez-vous

wojciech ernest horns-live

lena andersson backing vocals- live

lena-maria gardenas backing vocals-live

 

maritza horn backing vocals vocals-live Agnetha solo

mats ronader guitar live

tomas ledin backing vocals live, AF solo

lisa ohman backing vocals vocals-live, Chess

birgitta wollgard backing vocals- live

 

lena ericsson backing vocals live

To See pictures of and LEARN MORE ABOUT ABBA's BACKING MUSICIANS visit the ABBA musicians section of MILARIUS MANSION

THE DEATH OF OLA BRUNKERT
 
The world of ABBA was shaken on March 16th, by the accidental death of Ola Brunkert.  It is fascinating how prominent a news story  his death became considering how few people knew who Ola Brunkert was. One article pointed how Ola played on most of the records of what some people regard as the third most successful musical act of all time, so yes that suggests that Ola  made an important if unsung contribution to the world at large.  One thing I should note , ABBA promised on the ARRIVAL jacket that one day,  they would let us hear Ola sing, but as far as I know we never got to here him sing!!!
 
Ola was ABBA's main live and session drummer. He played on all eight of their studio albums. He played on their first single, "People need love" and many but not all of their biggest hits. He played on their, 1977, 1979 and 1980 live  tours.  He was born in Örebro, Sweden on 15  September 1946. Before working with ABBA, he worked often  as a jazz drummer but also with acts like Slim's Blues Gang and Science Poption. Aside from ABBA he recorded with Janne Scaffer, Opus III, Ted Gardestad, Björn J:son Lindh, Jerry Williams, Ingemar Olsson, and others. He had recently been  largely retired, and since his wife died, he had been living alone.  He died accidentally on March 16, 2008 at his home near Arta, Majorca, Spain. A spokesman said Brunkert hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and cutting himself in the neck. He managed to wrap a towel around his neck and left the house to seek help, but collapsed in the garden."
 
Bjorn Ulvaeus was quoted in the Expressen after Ola's death as saying-that "I remember him as a good pal when we worked together in the mid-1970s. He was an very creative musician who contributed a lot when we toured and worked in studio," "We saw each other very briefly at the Mamma Mia tour premiere in Madrid, that was perhaps five years ago. Before that, we hadn't met in 20 years," says Björn Ulvaeus. "We were not close friends, but I miss him as a tour mate and an extremely good and creative musician. He was one of the best.""He was kind, humble..., a very good friend,"
 
Former ABBA session guitarist Janne Schaffer said  "This is incredibly sad. My thoughts go out to his sons who now have lost both their parents."

The fabulous Katerina Elevator, Stockholm
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Former Band members were dropped from the top


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