Group to rival The Beatles?
In his Feb. 15 column in the Tribune-Star titled “The Beatles were ‘once in a lifetime,’” Ronn Mott writes: “I suppose we could safely say there will never be another group like them again, but just as sure as we would do that, some young group will come along and prove us wrong.”
A group did come along that in the opinion of many outdid The Beatles. That group is the Swedish group ABBA, which was the No. 1 pop group in the world from 1974 to 1982.
ABBA is best known for the song “Dancing Queen,” which was the top song in the United States in 1975. ABBA performed that song live for the new Queen of Sweden on the occasion of the marriage of the King of Sweden. ABBA has been inducted into the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and has the distinction of being the only group from a non-English speaking country to become the No. 1 pop group in the world.
ABBA is said to have earned more foreign exchange for Sweden than the Volvo car company. A movie, “Mamma Mia,” based on the group’s songs, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, was produced, and the musical “Mamma Mia” has been performed across the world.
ABBA has a museum in Stockholm, the ABBA Museum, devoted to its music. They have an International fan club based in The Netherlands. ABBA is an acronym formed from the first names of the members of the group, Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. All four members of ABBA are still alive. Benny Anderson has served as the director of the Royal Swedish Orchestra. In 2014, the group will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, in 1974, which was the beginning of its International super stardom.
A few years ago, ABBA turned down an offer of a reported $1 billion for a world tour. ABBA’s manager, Stig Anderson, often called “the fifth member of ABBA,” instituted the Polar Prize in Music, which many regard as the Nobel Prize in Music.
Agnetha Faltskog released a new album on CD in 2013. Bjorn and Benny have been active and involved in other projects. ABBA has sung many of its songs in multiple languages: English, Swedish, Spanish, French and German. There is even a CD of ABBA songs sung by Pakistani singers, Salma and Sabina, in Hindi, the national language of India.
ABBA was the first pop group to release music videos. ABBA never officially disbanded.
— Ramachandra B. Abhyankar, Terre Haute
HJR-3 opponents afraid of the truth
Why did so many work so hard to prevent Hoosiers from having a chance to vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment (HJR-3) this November? Why not let the citizens of Indiana decide? What were they afraid of?”
The answer is simple — they were afraid of you.
They were afraid of the mechanic who knows two bolts alone or two nuts alone aren’t much good, but a bolt and a nut properly joined holds the machinery together. They were afraid of farmers who understand pollination and know two heifers fenced together will not produce spring calves. Liberals were afraid of white-haired grandmas who start each day reading the Good Book, and place more stock in what it says than what Hollywood says. They fear the alert mother who combs her daughter’s school curriculum looking for homosexual recruiting material disguised as “tolerance” training lessons. They seem especially terrified of church-going Hoosiers.
Why are we not allowed to vote this November? The answer is simple — they fear us. Hoosiers for the most part detest political correctness. Our Midwest values and common sense approach to life prevents us from being hood-winked by left-wing, extreme ideology. We don’t swoon over Mrs. Obama’s tweets or worship at Rosie O’Donnell’s feet. We didn’t reset our moral compasses after watching the Grammys.
Hoosiers are real good at sorting through an emotional wave of left-wing propaganda and finding the truth.
What were they really afraid of? You.
— Pastor Jerry Ross, Jasonville
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