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Abba’s new release of an old song March 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music.
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An Abba song that has never been heard in public before is about to be released after nearly 30 years, thanks to band member Benny Andersson.

In 1979 Benny, 60, and his fellow Swedish supergroup songwriter Björn Ulvaeus, 61, wrote a song they called Crush On You. It was composed around the time the pair were coming up with tracks for the album Super Trouper, which includes Abba’s huge hit The Winner Takes It All.

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However Benny and Björn did not complete the song and neither of them did anything further with it, until this year. Now Benny has dusted the song off and has recorded it with his band, The Benny Andersson Orkester. Crush On You will be showcased on an album to be released later this year.

Benny recalls: “Björn and I were working on this one 28 years ago but the song was never completed. Now we have finished it.”

In the meantime, fans hoping that Abba, including singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, might reunite one day are being treated to the next best thing.

Abba first shot to fame after winning the Eurovision song contest in 1974, and their backing band, who played on Abba’s million-selling albums and also toured with the group have now reunited. Abba The Show are now planning their own concert tour of Europe, including a date at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 26. The gigs will feature many of the Swedish quartet’s old hits, including Waterloo, Dancing Queen and SOS, using guest vocalists.

And in a further treat for Abba fans, a big-budget Hollywood film version of the smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, based around a collection of Abba songs, is about to go into production with a big-name cast. It will star Meryl Streep as its single mother heroine and former 007 Pierce Brosnan as one of the men in her life.

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