Famous ABBA Fans Talk - by Stany Van Wymeersch

ABBA have always enjoyed a lot of respect and admiration from their musical peers. In our magazine we have interviews with a famous ABBA fan and let him or her explain why they like our fab four so much. This series is conceived in collaboration with Stany Van Wymeersch, who already interviewed several major stars for his books Let's Talk About ABBA and We Love ABBA.


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Getty Kaspers (Teach-In)

"They have so many beautiful songs… but if I had to choose one, it would be Thank You For The Music because it represents everything that music is about and depicts accurately what emotions mean to people."

Toni Willé

Toni Willé (Pussycat)

"I love both voices, but I prefer Agnetha’s voice, so clear, she sounds like an angel to me."

Gregg Field

Gregg Field

"It’s very interesting how Frida and Agnetha’s sounds compliments each other. I noticed that often Frida would sing the verses, and Agnetha would cover the choruses. When ABBA recorded Andante, Andante, that was the case. I was really happy that we were still able to produce ‘ABBA sound’ with Frida covering the verses and choruses plus all the harmonies as well."

Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde

"I often hear their voices when I’m singing in the studio, inspiring me in sometimes very subtle ways. It could just be a word or a whole line of a song, and somehow they are there. Two voices working like that together so magically is rare, as subsequent years have shown."

George Baker

George Baker

"Songs such as Ring, Ring and Fernando are quite far removed from each other, but both songs were very good and very interesting - and very appealing."

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

"I’m a huge fan - I think they are amazing. I have sung many of their songs over the years, and audiences react with much joy. I don’t think people realise quite how complex some of their songs are. They seem very simple but, actually, when you start looking deeper, they are very complex."

Hazell Dean

Hazell Dean

"There are so many fantastic ABBA songs you become spoilt for choice, so I selected the ones that I felt would suit my voice and my style. Does Your Mother Know seemed to surprise everyone, but I think it’s a great, fun song."

Bucks Fizz

Bucks Fizz

"I have all their albums and some of the tracks are just so good. They really are"

Paul Young

Paul Young

"The great thing with ABBA is when you hear a song, it’s a complete thing. Take away some of the parts and it won’t work as well. It needs everything that’s on the record."

Martin Lee

Martin Lee (Brotherhood of Man)

"I recall that ABBA sent us Mamma Mia to record, but we already had a full set of songs for the studio at that time, so we didn’t get to it."

Judy Craymer

Judy Craymer

"I would say Dancing Queen is one of the most brilliant songs ever, but I would also say The Winner Takes It All is a ballad that musically and lyrically is a landscape of emotions."

Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst

"They made easy listening pop songs which never became old-fashioned. They are totally timeless."

Pete Waterman

Pete Waterman

"The Winner Takes It All is obviously a classic, but The Day Before You Came is the most underestimated ABBA song of all time."

José Hoebee (Luv)

José Hoebee (Luv)

"Björn said that he was prepared to collaborate, but not before having heard our record, and that if he didn’t like it, the deal was off."

Terry Uttley (Smokie)

Terry Uttley (Smokie)

"I remember very well coming across ABBA, bumping into them at airports and in television and radio stations. I found the four of them to be warm and down-to-earth people."
Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell (Boney M.)

"Of course! Of course I liked them!"
Andy Scott

Andy Scott (Sweet)

"ABBA are from the analogue era. When they performed, everything they did was live!"

Per Herrey

Per Herrey

"ABBA's victory in Brighton gave confidence to a lot of other Swedish artists that we, too, could win Eurovision."

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro

"Beethoven 'was' the pop writer for the classical era. ABBA were influenced by this. It’s in every song they ever wrote."

James Last

James Last

"What does the opinion of one critic mean when millions of people love your music?" *

Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder

"You hear an ABBA song a few times and you remember it forever." *

Brian May

Brian May

"The songs of ABBA are unquestionably immortal." *

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter

"All my colleagues are jealous that I'm performing ABBA songs." *

Plastic Bertrand

Plastic Bertrand

"ABBA were clearly not manufactured by a record company." *

Magnus Carlsson

Magnus Carlsson (Ex- Alcazar)

"ABBA are practically royalty in Sweden!"

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka

"The production and vocal arrangements were genius." *

Connie Francis

Connie Francis

"The house is always happier when ABBA's music is being played." *

*) quote taken from the book "Let's Talk About ABBA", by Stany Van Wymeersch - available at the ABBA Fan Club Shop

You can order the books "Let's Talk About ABBA" and "We Love ABBA" at the ABBA Fan Club Shop