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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
By United Press International
ABBA considering 'Waterloo' 40th anniversary tour

ABBA considering 'Waterloo' 40th anniversary tour

Nov. 12 (UPI) -- With the 40th anniversary of ABBA's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest just around the corner, the Swedish legends are considering reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years.
Gabrielle Levy

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
By United Press International
No 'Mamma Mia' for far-right 'Mamma Pia'

No 'Mamma Mia' for far-right 'Mamma Pia'

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The band Abba was not pleased by a Danish far-right party's use of their 1976 hit, "Mamma Mia," and the party has agreed to stop.
ABBA unhappy about 'Mamma Pia!'

ABBA unhappy about 'Mamma Pia!'

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have warned the conservative Danish People's Party not to use an ABBA song to celebrate their leader.

ABBA's Andersson nixes 'Mamma' sequel talk

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Swedish musician Benny Andersson of the group ABBA says the pop group will not create music for a sequel to the popular musical and film "Mamma Mia!"
ABBA tribute concert planned in London

ABBA tribute concert planned in London

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Swedish songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have confirmed they will take part in an ABBA tribute concert in London in September.
'Mamma Mia!' celebrates 10 years in U.K.

'Mamma Mia!' celebrates 10 years in U.K.

LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- The stage musical "Mamma Mia!" celebrated its 10th anniversary in London's West End Monday night.
Andersson: No plans yet for 'Mamma Mia 2'

Andersson: No plans yet for 'Mamma Mia 2'

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Benny Andersson, a former member of the iconic Swedish pop group ABBA, said there are no plans to make a sequel to the film "Mamma Mia!"
ABBA not planning to reunite

ABBA not planning to reunite

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson said their Swedish pop group ABBA has no plans to perform together again.

Abba wins suit on musical's authorship

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 23 (UPI) -- Members of the Swedish pop group Abba won their case on the authorship of the musical "Kristina fran Duvemala," the latest event in a 15-year dispute.

Abba, writer dispute play's authorship

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Abba singers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus took their 15-year-old dispute over authorship of the musical "Kristina fran Duvemala" to a Stockholm court.

Streep to headline 'Mamma Mia!' film

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Academy award winner Meryl Streep has signed on to headline the film adaptation of Swedish pop music group ABBA's musical "Mamma Mia!"

Robbie Williams may record with ABBA

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- British pop singer Robbie Williams is said to be in negotiations with the iconic Swedish band ABBA to record one of the group's classic hits together.

'Mamma Mia!' goes from stage to screen

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- The Abba Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!," scorned by critics and loved by the public, is headed to the big screen.
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NYP2001101902 - 19 OCTOBER 2001 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Members of the pop rock Swedish group ABBA composer-lyrcist Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (right) attend the October 18, 2001 New York premiere of their Broadway musical Mamma Mia at the WinterGarden theatre. ep/Ezio Petersen UPI.
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Göran Bror "Benny" Andersson (born in Stockholm, Sweden on 16 December 1946) is a Swedish musician, composer, a former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA (1972–1982), and co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and Mamma Mia!. He is currently active with his own band Benny Anderssons Orkester (BAO!), and was executive producer for the film version of the musical Mamma Mia!.

Andersson was born to 34-year-old construction engineer Gösta Andersson and his 26-year-old wife Laila. His sister Eva-Lis Andersson followed in 1948.

Andersson's musical background comes basically from his father and grandfather; they both enjoyed playing the accordion, and at six, Benny got his own. Father Gösta and grandfather Efraim taught him Swedish folk music, traditional music, and the odd schlager. Benny recalls the first records he bought were "Du Bist Musik" by Italian schlager singer Caterina Valente and Elvis Presley's rendition of "Jailhouse Rock"; this smörgåsbord of different kinds of music was to influence and follow him through the years.

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