Ring Ring ABBA
Song Title: Ring Ring
Date of release: 19th of February 1973
Description: ” Ring Ring ” is by ABBA, the Swedish pop group. They were established in 1972 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. The four members were Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Although ABBA is most famously from Sweden, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was originally born in Norway but grew up in Sweden.
The song was written and produced by Benny Andersson ( Göran Bror Benny Andersson ) and Björn Ulvaeus ( Björn Kristian Ulvaeus ). Stig Anderson ( Stig Erik Leopold “Stikkan” Anderson ) has written but not production credit.
At the age of ten Benny learnt to play the piano, he went on to form one of the biggest bands in music history, ABBA. He has also co-written the successful musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia!
In the 1960’s Björn was a member of the Swedish Schlager music band the Hootenanny Singers, along with Benny he went on to form ABBA and one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in music. He also is co-writer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia!
Stig Anderson, born in Hova, Sweden, is better known as ABBA’s manager and to some the fifth member of the group. He co-wrote some of ABBA’s biggest and most successful hits including ” Waterloo “, ” Honey, Honey “, ” Mamma Mia ” and ” Dancing Queen “.
” Ring Ring ” was released on the 19th of February 1973 by record labels Polar in Sweden, Epic in the United Kingdom and Atlantic in the United States. It was taken from the Album of the same name. The Album topped the charts in Belgium and found success in the Netherlands, Norway and South Africa. It was re-released in 1975 in Australia but not released until 1992 in the United Kingdom and 1995 in the United States.
The record label Polar was founded by Stig Anderson and Bengt Bernhag, a friend of his. The label was sold to PolyGram in 1989 and is now Polar is owned by Universal Music Group. The record label Epic is now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, and Atlantic is part of the Warner Music Group.
The song began life as the group’s entry into the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest. Björn and Benny came up with a Swedish version of ” Ring Ring ” with the song’s working title of ” Klocklåt ” (Clock Tune). Stig Anderson wrote the lyrics after wanting to make a ” poppy ” song to fight the pomp and circumstance of the Eurovision Song Contest around that time.
The track was renamed ” Ring Ring ” to give it more appeal to a much more comprehensive audience with Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody, his songwriting partner, being asked by Benny to write the English lyrics for the song.
ABBA recorded it on the 10th of January 1972 in Stockholm at the Metronome Studio. On the 10th of February, they performed the song in the Swedish heats of the Eurovision Song Contest and came third. They did have chart success with the song in Sweden with both the Swedish and English versions, hitting Number One and number two respectively.
It was at this point that the members of ABBA decided that performing as a group was the right path to take and so set out on a tour of Sweden. Although they had failed to make an impact with the song in the Swedish heats of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, the four members began to get ready for the contest in 1974 with ” Waterloo “.
ABBA had commercial success with the single in Europe. The song reached Number One in Sweden in 1973. The English version peaked at number two in Sweden, Norway and Austria. It reached the top ten in the Netherlands, South Africa and Rhodesia ( Zimbabwe ). In the United Kingdom ” Ring Ring ” failed to chart after only selling 5,000 copies.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 92 ( First release ) and 7 ( 1976 re-release ), Austrian Singles Chart 2, Belgian Singles Chart 1, British Singles Chart 32, Dutch Singles Chart 5, French Singles Chart 82, New Zealand Singles Chart 17, Norwegian Singles Chart 2, Rhodesian Singles Chart 12, South African Singles Chart 3
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