Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad
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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 Anni-Frid Lyngstad releases, see the Frida page.

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

Albums

Anni-Frid Lyngstad Frida (Album) Columbia Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Frida Ensam (Album) Polar Sweden 1975 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

X 8700 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Din / Du Är Så Underbart Rar(7", Single) His Master's Voice X 8700 Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
X 8691 Anni-Frid Lyngstad En Ledig Dag(7", Single) His Master's Voice X 8691 Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
DS 2392 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Simsalabim / Vi Möts Igen(7", Single) Columbia DS 2392 Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
DS 2402 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Mycket Kär / När Du Blir Min(7", Single) Columbia DS 2402 Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
DS 2460 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Peter Pan ★ Du Betonar Kärlek Lite Fel(7") Columbia DS 2460 Sweden 1969 Sell This Version
DS 2431 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Härlig Är Vår Jord(7", Single) Columbia DS 2431 Sweden 1969 Sell This Version
DS 2438 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Så Synd Du Måste Gå / Försök Och Sov På Saken (7", Single) Columbia DS 2438 Sweden 1969 Sell This Version
4E 006-34120 M Anni-Frid Lyngstad Där Du Går Lämnar Kärleken Spår / Du Var Främling Här Igår(7", Single) Columbia 4E 006-34120 M Sweden 1970 Sell This Version
4E 006-34462 M Anni-Frid Lyngstad Min Egen Stad(7", Single) Columbia 4E 006-34462 M Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
2053.040 Lars Berghagen & Anni-Frid Lyngstad Lars Berghagen & Anni-Frid Lyngstad - En Kväll Om Sommarn / Vi Vet Allt, Men Nästan Inget(7") Polydor 2053.040 Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
4E 006-34311 M Anni-Frid Lyngstad En Liten Sång Om Kärlek / Tre Kvart Från Nu(7", Single) Columbia 4E 006-34311 M Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Man Vill Ju Leva Lite Dessemellan / Ska Man Skratta Eller Gråta (Single) Polar Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
4E 006-34576 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Vi är Alla Bara Barn I Början(7", Single) Columbia 4E 006-34576 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
POS 1221 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Fernando(7", Single) Polar POS 1221 Sweden 1975 Sell This Version

Compilations

PMES 575 Gunnar Wiklund / Bibi Johns / Lena Hansson / Trio Me' Bumba / Anni-Frid Lyngstad / Streaplers Gunnar Wiklund / Bibi Johns / Lena Hansson / Trio Me' Bumba / Anni-Frid Lyngstad / Streaplers - EMI-Sextetten(LP, Comp) Odeon PMES 575 Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Comp) Emidisc (2) Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
CMC 521 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Anni-Frid Lyngstad(Cass, Comp) EMI CMC 521 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
CMCD 6041 Anni-Frid Lyngstad På Egen Hand(CD, Comp) EMI CMCD 6041 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
CMCD 6082 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Tre Kvart Från Nu(CD, Comp) EMI CMCD 6082 Sweden 1993 Sell This Version
521 809-2 Agnetha*, Björn*, Benny*, Annifrid* Agnetha*, Björn*, Benny*, Annifrid* - På Svenska(CD, Comp) Polar 521 809-2 Sweden 1994 Sell This Version
8593602 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Frida 1967-1972(2xCD, Comp) EMI 8593602 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
SSI 640852 Anni-Frid Lyngstad The Collection(CD, Comp) Disky SSI 640852 Sweden 2001 Sell This Version