“Happy New Year” is a popular song by Swedish pop group ABBA from their 1980 album Super Trouper. The lead vocals are by Agnetha Fältskog. The song’s working title was all the more festive and humorous; “Daddy Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas Day”. Although recorded in 1980, the English-language song wasn’t released as a single until 1999 and charted in Sweden, The Netherlands (#8), and Germany (#75), to promote the CD re-release of many of ABBA’s singles.
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“Dancing Queen” is a pop song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released in August 1976, but was first performed two months earlier, on 18 June 1976, during a Royal Variety Show in Stockholm the evening before the Swedish royal wedding. It was the follow-up single to the hit “Fernando” and is commonly regarded as one of the most successful singles of the 1970s. “Dancing Queen” was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson and is considered by many to be ABBA’s signature song, as it reached the number 1 position on popular music charts in 13 countries. Recorded in 1975, it was released on the group’s album Arrival the following year and as a single with “That’s Me” as the B-side. The song was re-released as a single in 1992 to promote the compilation “ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits”. In 2009, the British performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited celebrated its 75th anniversary by listing the 75 songs that have played most in Great Britain on the radio, in clubs and on jukeboxes. “Dancing Queen” was number eight on the list. “Dancing Queen” features the shared lead vocal performance of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
[Dedicated to Helene Venge]
Agnetha sings her second song on “The Heat Is On” Special from April 1983. This show was part of a promotional tour to publicise her first solo album after Abba, which was called “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”. The album reached No.1 in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Denmark. Here she sings the title track from the album. This song had limited release as a single, but still reached No.1 in Belgium and No.3 in Holland. Her whispering technique here is as hot as anything you will ever see in a song. She censors it herself by turning her back completely to the audience. As always Agnetha does not hold back in her performances. This will set your temperatures rising alright! Lyrics: Mike Chapman, Holly Knight.
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