Frida

Frida

Real Name:
Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad
Profile:
Swedish singer, and songwriter who is well known as one of the lead singers of Swedish pop group ABBA.
Born on November 15, 1945 in Ballangen, Norway.
For more Frida releases, see the Anni-Frid Lyngstad page.

Frida started her music career in 1958 as a jazz singer. In the 1960s, she married jazz musician Ragnar Fredriksson and had two children, Hans Fredriksson and Ann Lise-Lotte Fredriksson. The couple separated after a few years. During Dagen-H in 1967, she won EMI's talent competition, "New Faces" and first appeared on Swedish television, as she sang "En ledig dag", which was her first single released by His Master's Voice, a week after Dagen-H. Frida was a struggling singer prior to the formation of ABBA due to her fourth placement in Melodifestivalen 1969, with a song "Härlig är vår jord". Nonetheless, Frida recorded singles for EMI consistently, which led her to appear on Swedish television and cabarets, despite that neither of the other songs, charted or only a few songs were circulated in the Swedish radio or sales charts, until she met future bandmate and husband Benny Andersson the same year, who would later propelled her to sing other genres beyond her jazz songs, with her first No. 1 hit in the Swedish radio charts, "Min egen stad", released in 1971 as the B-side to "En gång är ingen gång".

A year later, in 1972, Frida was signed to Polar and recorded her first single for the label "Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan", which was her second No. 1 hit in Svensktoppen; ABBA would be formed that same year. During ABBA's recording session of "Waterloo" and their early success after winning the Eurovision Song Contest of 1974, the production of her first solo album for Polar, "Frida Ensam" commenced and took one and a quarter year to finish the recording of the album. "Frida Ensam" was released in November 1975 in Scandinavia. Her single, Fernando (later recorded in English by ABBA), and the album reached to the top 10 in Svensktoppen.

During ABBA's middle to final years, Frida married Andersson in 1978, and later divorced him in 1981, due to multiple disputes. This led her to collaborate with Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins with her famous album, "Something's Going On", in 1982. With her single, "I Know There's Something Going On", the single reached to the top fives in most of Europe's weekly charts, while in some countries such as the United Kingdom, and the United States, it reached lower than the top fives, depending on the quantity of the record chart list, most notably No. 13 on Billboard's Hot 100. "Something's Going On", as an album, reached to one of the top 40 in Europe's country-varied weekly charts, while in the United States, it reached No. 41 in Billboard's 200. Other singles from "Something's Going On" followed, but did not match the success as her lead single did.

In 1984, Frida released her album "Shine", produced by Steve Lillywhite. Unlike her previous album, it was a moderate success in Europe, reaching the Top 10, and Top 20 on some countries such as Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands, but not in particular countries, especially the United Kingdom, which reached No. 67. The album, "Shine", also debuted her songwriting such as "Don't Do It", "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (unreleased, exists only as a bootleg), and "That's Tough" (non-album track), and spawned singles, "Shine/That's Tough", "Come To Me (I Am Woman)/Slowly", "Heart of the Country/Slowly", and "Twist in the Dark/Come To Me (I Am Woman)". She withdrew from music business for a while, as a solo singer after "Shine" was released.

A few years later, starting in 1991, Frida became an environmentalist, appearing on fairs and galas, and formed a short lived supergroup, "Artister för Miljö", to raise awareness of the environment. Five years later, she marked her music comeback with her album "Djupa andetag". The album featured her singles, "Även en blomma", "Ögonen", and "Alla mina bästa år", as well as her self-composed album track, "Kvinnor som springer". Frida became a princess through her marriage to Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss (of Plauen) in 1992. The marriage lasted until Reuss died of lymphoma in 1999.

Since 1987, Frida has appeared as a guest singer, most notably with Swedish duo Ratata, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, and Dan Daniell.
Frida was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ABBA in 2010.
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Frida Discography Tracks

Albums

Frida Something's Going On (Album, Comp) Polar Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Frida Shine (Album) Polar Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Frida Djupa Andetag (Album) Anderson Records Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
Frida Frida Ensam (Album) Polar Scandinavia 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

POLS 1221, POS-1221 Frida Fernando / Et Liv I Solen(7", Single) Polar, Polar POLS 1221, POS-1221 Norway 1976 Sell This Version
Frida To Turn The Stone (Single) Polydor Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
Frida I Know There's Something Going On (Single, EP, Maxi) Polar Peru 1982 Sell This Version
GBS 152 Frida I See Red c/w I Got Something(7") Sunshine (2) GBS 152 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
JC 15076 Frida / F. R. David* Frida / F. R. David* - I Know There's Something Going On / Words(7", Jukebox) Epic, Carrere JC 15076 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
JC 15083 Gianni Nazzaro / Frida Gianni Nazzaro / Frida - Mi Sono Innamorato Di Mia Moglie / Threnody(7", Jukebox) CBS, Epic JC 15083 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Daniel Balavoine & Frida Daniel Balavoine & Frida - Belle (Single) Barclay Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
Frida & B. A. Robertson Frida & B. A. Robertson - Time (Single) Polydor UK 1983 Sell This Version
Frida Here We'll Stay / Strangers (Single) Polar US 1982 Sell This Version
Frida Tell Me It's Over (Single) Discomate Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Frida Shine (Single, Maxi) Polar UK 1984 Sell This Version
Frida Come To Me (I Am Woman) (Single) Polar South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
Frida Heart Of The Country (Single) Epic UK 1984 Sell This Version
102005 Frida Twist In The Dark(7", Single) Vogue 102005 France 1984 Sell This Version
Frida Även En Blomma (Single) Anderson Records Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
SON 4 Frida Ögonen(CD, Maxi) Anderson Records SON 4 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
Frida & Marie Fredriksson Frida & Marie Fredriksson - Alla Mina Bästa År (Maxi, Single) Anderson Records Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
RPROLP 0879 The Real Group With Frida / Sofia* & Michael B. Tretow The Real Group With Frida / Sofia* & Michael B. Tretow - ABBA – A Tribute (The 25th Anniversary Celebration)(12", Promo) Relativity RPROLP 0879 US 1999 Sell This Version
BM 363-03-021, 36303 021 Frida ABBA* & Dan Daniell Frida ABBA* & Dan Daniell - Lieber Gott(CD, Single) BM Records, BM Records BM 363-03-021, 36303 021 Switzerland 2003 Sell This Version
7243 8 67417 2 1 Jon Lord, Frida Jon Lord, Frida - The Sun Will Shine Again(CD, Single, Copy Prot., Promo) Capitol Records 7243 8 67417 2 1 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
none Georg Wadenius Feat. Frida Georg Wadenius Feat. Frida - Morning Has Broken(File, MP3, Single, 320) Parlophone Sweden none Europe 2010

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mikory6550

mikory6550

July 21, 2016
When first released in September 1982, "Something's Going On" reached number one on the album charts in Sweden, went Top 5 in Norway and Belgium, as well as going Top 10 in Australia, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. The single "I Know There's Something Going On" has sold over 3 million copies alone since release. The album is produced by Phil Collins.

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