ABBA Museum Soon Open in Stockholm

Created: 2013-05-06 17:15 EST

Category: Entertainment

Swedish pop legend ABBA opened the door to the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday.

The world press got a sneak preview today and Tuesday is the official grand opening. Fans from all over the world have come to Stockholm hoping to get a glimpse of the pop stars. ABBA is regarded as one of biggest pop bands of all time with more than 379 million records sold.

Their 1974 hit song "Waterloo" topped the charts in Europe and the U.S. propelling them to international fame. Their success lasted for ten years until 1982 when the group split up. Björn Ulvaeus was one of the group's songwriters. He and his partner Benny Andersson, along with singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, created the group ABBA.

Even though ABBA has not reunited, the music lives on through their music and the movie "Mama Mia." The ABBA Museum was created with help from Catherine Johnson who wrote the screenplay for the movie.

[Björn Ulvaeus, ABBA]:
”If you stand in front of the cottage in the archipelago of Stockholm where Benny and I used to sit and worked during the summers. You stand in front of that and you activate your audio guide and you listen and you will hear Benny and me talking about that time how it was like in the cottage and the songs that we wrote and so forth and the same if you turn around from the cottage you will see a replica of the studio and the four of us will tell you what happened in that studio that’s a quite unique way.”

On the piano in the cottage in the Stockholm Archipelago ABBA wrote the song the “Winner Takes It All.” Björn Ulvaeus says that they had no idea how famous ABBA would be.

[Björn Ulvaeus, ABBA]:
”Next years are forty years since ABBA won the European song contest with Waterloo in Brighton. You know it is still incredible that werever I go, whatever country I go to around the world, they know these songs - how did that happen, I don´t know - it’s a mystery."

Why does ABBA's music live on? Maybe the answer is simply that they put their heart and soul into every song.

[Björn Ulvaeus, ABBA]:
”We wrote every one in kind of the same way - whenever we were ready with a song and thought, you know, this is a song - it´s so good - it was a kind of the same feeling every time we wrote one - we never gave up until we had that feeling - that was the criterion.”

ABBA fans now eagerly await the official opening of the ABBA Museum on Tuesday.

NTD News, Stockholm, Sweden