Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid

Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid

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'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid' is what ABBA called themselves from 1972 to 1973, before the 'ABBA' name was invented. During this time the future members of ABBA were still unsure whether the collaboration would be their main musical act or whether it would be worth pursuing as a quartet in general - or if each member would continue their successful solo careers in Sweden - or in the case of Björn and Benny, a duo.

Today, the 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid' period is largely seen simply as the early days of the Swedish supergroup ABBA. Equally correct would be to think that it was a continuation of the work of 'Björn & Benny', or even that 'B&B,A&A' was a group of its own. The voices of Björn and Benny dominate many tracks and there's little sign of the harmonical interplay of the girls' voices, which would turn out to be perhaps the essence of ABBA. Also, many tracks planned for the second Björn & Benny album were simply recycled for the 'B&B,A&A' album. On the other hand, simple folk ballads typical to 'Björn & Benny' had already become rarer and more adventurous musical styles and elaborate production techniques, typical to ABBA a few years down the line, were already being explored. When exactly 'B&B,A&A' turned into ABBA is a matter of opinion rather than a clear point in time.

'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid' released four singles (titles depend on territory) and one album. The pre-ABBA era produced one international hit in "Ring Ring".
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Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid Discography

Albums

Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida* Ring Ring (Album) Polar Sweden 1973 Sell This Version
ABBA, Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida* ABBA, Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida* - Waterloo (Album) Polar US 1974 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid People Need Love / Merry-Go-Round (En Karusell) (Single) Polar Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid He Is Your Brother / Santa Rosa (Single) Polar Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
POR 01 Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid / Lena Andersson, Ted Gärdestad Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid / Lena Andersson, Ted Gärdestad - En Hälsning Till Våra Parkarrangörer(7", Promo) Polar POR 01 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
Björn & Benny with Anna & Frieda* Another Town Another Train (Single) Playboy Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Bjorn & Benny with Anna & Frieda* Rock'n Roll Band (Single) Playboy Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Bjorn & Benny, Anna & Frieda* Nina, Pretty Ballerina (Single) Vogue Austria 1973 Sell This Version
ABBA, Bjorn, Benny, Anna & Frida* ABBA, Bjorn, Benny, Anna & Frida* - Ring Ring (Single) Polar UK 1973 Sell This Version
Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida* Love Isn't Easy / I Am Just A Girl (Single) Polar Denmark 1973 Sell This Version
ABBA, Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida* ABBA, Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida* - Waterloo (Single) Vogue France 1974 Sell This Version
ABBA, Björn, Benny, Anna & Frida* ABBA, Björn, Benny, Anna & Frida* - Honey, Honey (Single) Carnaby Spain 1974 Sell This Version

Compilations

ABBA, Björn, Benny, Anna & Frida* ABBA, Björn, Benny, Anna & Frida* - Honey Honey (Comp) Polydor Germany 1974 Sell This Version
ABBA, Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida* ABBA, Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida* - ABBA (Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida) (Comp) Opus Czechoslovakia 1975 Sell This Version
963 Bjorn Benny & Anna Frida* Ring Ring(Cass, Comp) Not On Label 963 Unknown Sell This Version