Do you remember the incredible musical group ABBA, famous for hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia”? Well, let’s take a moment to focus on one of the group’s members, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, also known as Frida. While ABBA took over the world in the 1970s and 1980s, Frida has since led a more private life. But what has she been up to all these years? And what does she look like today, at the age of 77? Let’s find out!
ABBA – the Legendary Superstars
ABBA became one of the greatest musical groups of all time, captivating audiences with their unique sound. Even today, their music continues to resonate with people of all ages. It’s quite fascinating how the four members of ABBA virtually disappeared from the spotlight after the group’s split. But what about Frida?
Frida’s Early Life and Journey to Stardom
Frida Lyngstad was born on November 15, 1945, outside of Narvik, Norway. She moved to Sweden at a young age and faced personal tragedies early in life, with her father disappearing during World War II and her mother passing away shortly after her birth. Despite these challenges, Frida’s passion for singing and performing blossomed from a young age.
At just 11 years old, Frida made her stage debut at a Red Cross charity event. From that moment, she knew that she wanted to be a singer. Frida’s dedication and talent led her to work with various bands, and in 1967, she even won a talent contest in Stockholm. However, she struggled to find commercial success with her solo career.
The Birth of ABBA
In 1969, everything changed for Frida when she met Benny Andersson, who was a member of the group Hep Stars. Benny had previously worked with another talented musician named Bjorn Ulveaus, who was dating a singer named Agnetha Faltskog at the time. The four musicians decided to work together, and in 1970, they performed in a cabaret show called “Festfolk.”
Initially, they didn’t intend to start a band together, but fate had other plans. Frida and Agnetha featured as background singers on Bjorn and Benny’s album “Lycka [Happiness].” Their collaboration was a success, and they soon formed the group known as Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid.
The Rise of ABBA and International Success
In 1972, ABBA recorded the song “People Need Love,” which achieved minor success in Sweden. However, it was their participation in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish qualification competition for the Eurovision Song Contest, that brought them widespread recognition. Their performance of the song “Ring, Ring” caught the attention of listeners across Europe.
ABBA’s breakthrough moment came in 1974 when they won the Eurovision Song Contest with their iconic song “Waterloo.” This victory catapulted them to international fame, and there was no turning back. Their string of hits includes songs like “SOS,” “Mamma Mia,” “Fernando,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” and many more.
As ABBA’s success grew, Frida encountered personal triumphs and challenges. She married Benny Andersson in 1978, but the band experienced difficulties with Agnetha and Bjorn’s divorce in 1979. Despite these obstacles, ABBA continued to create music and released several albums. In 1982, after nearly a decade of success, the group decided to take a break.
Frida’s Solo Career and Life After ABBA
Following ABBA’s hiatus, Frida embarked on a solo career. In 1982, she released her first solo album, “Something’s Going On,” produced by Phil Collins. Two years later, she released the album “Shine.” Despite these ventures, Frida ultimately chose to withdraw from the spotlight and focus on her personal life.
In 1996, Frida released her last solo album to date, “Deep Breaths.” Since then, she has devoted her time to various environmental and charity causes. She remains actively involved in these endeavors to this day.
Frida also found love again with British businessman Henry Smith. They now live a peaceful life together in the picturesque alpine village of Zermatt, Switzerland. Frida’s love for the village started when she first visited in the 1970s with Benny. She describes Henry as her supporter, friend, and love.
A Reflective Journey and Future Projects
Now in her late seventies, Frida has taken the time to reflect on her incredible life. She is currently working on writing about her experiences, contemplating whether it will be a book, musical, or movie. While she may be at a bit of a standstill, Frida’s determination and creative spirit will surely lead her to the perfect outlet for her story.
Although the possibility of an ABBA reunion has been a topic of conversation, Frida acknowledges that life is changing and that there are other priorities as they get older. However, ABBA did reunite briefly in 2016, marking 50 years since Bjorn and Benny’s first meeting. Frida and Agnetha performed the touching song “The Way Old Friends Do,” reminding fans of the magic they can create together.
Despite facing unimaginable tragedy in her life, Frida has managed to find happiness and contentment. Her story is one of resilience, talent, and a desire to make a difference in the world. And yes, she still looks amazing at 77!
Let’s celebrate the extraordinary life and career of Frida Lyngstad by sharing her story with friends and family who also cherish ABBA’s music.