Take a Chance on This ABBA Quiz
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine, and you're in the mood for a dance. And when you get the chance, you'll be digging this quiz. Test your ABBA knowledge!
What was the group known as before it was called ABBA?
The group was first known as Festfolket.
True or false: ABBA is an acronym.
What do the two "A"s stand for in ABBA?
They stand for Agnetha (Faltskog) and Anni-Frid (Lyngstad).
What do the two "B"s stand for in ABBA?
The two "B"s in ABBA stand for Benny (Andersson) and Bjorn (Ulvaeus).
Which member of the group is NOT Swedish?
Although her family moved to Torshalla, Sweden, when she was a toddler, Anni-Frid Lyngstad ("Frida") was born in Norway.
Match the couples: Which bandmates were married?
Bjorn and Agnetha; Benny and Frida
Bjorn and Agnetha married in 1971; Benny and Frida married in 1978.
Bjorn and Frida; Benny and Agnetha
Benny was keyboardist with which band before ABBA formed?
Benny was keyboardist with the Hep Stars. In Sweden the Hep Stars were nicknamed "the Swedish Beatles."
In what band did Bjorn play guitar before ABBA?
Bjorn played guitar with the Hootenanny Singers.
Did Agnetha or Frida play Mary Magdalene in the Swedish production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" before ABBA formed?
Agnetha played Mary Magdalene in the Swedish production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in 1971.
In what order were the group's first three albums released?
"ABBA," "Ring Ring" and "Waterloo"
"Ring Ring," "Waterloo" and "ABBA"
"Ring Ring" was released in 1973, "Waterloo" in 1974 and "ABBA" in 1975.
"Ring Ring," "ABBA" and "Waterloo"
True or false: According to the copyrighted logo, the first "B" in ABBA is backward.
Although it's written as "ABBA," the first "B" in the acronym is, technically, backward in the logo.
Who was the foursome's first song, "People Need Love," credited to?
Bjorn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid
When "People Need Love" was cut in 1972, it was credited to "Bjorn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid."
Which was ABBA's breakthrough song?
After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, "Waterloo" charted around the world. In the U.S., "Waterloo" reached No. 6 on Billboard.
What city kicked off ABBA's premiere North American tour?
ABBA played their first North American city, Edmonton, Alberta, on Sept. 13, 1979.
What was the first U.S. city ABBA played on its 1979 North American tour?
After opening in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sept. 13, ABBA played in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 15 and then in Seattle on Sept. 17.
How does ABBA explain the often-called outrageous costumes the group wore during performances?
They didn't consider them outrageous.
Stage clothes were tax deductible.
According to the band members, they saved money by exploiting a Swedish law that determined clothes were tax deductible if their owners could prove they were not used for daily wear.
Which member was an avid runner?
Bjorn was a jogger, running 5-6 miles (8-10 kilometers) a day.
True or false: Bjorn credits his running with the writing of "Take a Chance on Me."
According to Bjorn in interviews, he would sing a "tck-a-ch"-style rhythm to himself while jogging, which led to the song's lyrics.
Which Academy Award-winning director directed the majority of ABBA's videos?
Most of ABBA's music videos and "ABBA: The Movie" were directed by Lasse Hallstrom, Academy Award-winner for “My Life as a Dog” and “The Cider House Rules."
Who was sued for using an unauthorized sample of "Dancing Queen"?
Famously protective of ABBA's music, Bjorn and Benny sued the KLF over an unauthorized sample from “Dancing Queen” in 1987. The Fugees and Madonna were both given permission to sample ABBA's work.
In 1973 Bjorn and Agnetha appeared with their daughter Linda in ad promoting what?
Bjorn, Agnetha and their daughter Linda were promoting Semper's baby food.
Where is ABBA: The Museum located?
ABBA: The Museum opened in 2013 in Stockholm.
Which single was released on red vinyl?
"Lay All Your Love on Me"
"Slipping Through My Fingers"
When "Slipping Through My Fingers" was released as a promo single in Japan in 1980, it was on red vinyl.
True or false: ABBA only topped the American album and singles charts one time.
ABBA only topped the American charts once, with "Dancing Queen," which stayed at No. 1 for a week in April 1977.
Which member of the group worked on the orchestration for "Mamma Mia!" the musical?
Bjorn worked on the orchestration for "Mamma Mia!"
When did "Mamma Mia!" the musical premiere?
"Mamma Mia!" premiered in 1999 and has grossed more than $2 billion since.
When was "Mamma Mia!" brought to the big screen?
The film adaptation of "Mamma Mia!" hit screens in 2008, co-produced by Bjorn.
True or false: Divorce broke up both couples before the group broke up.
Bjorn and Agnetha, married in 1971, divorced in 1979; Benny and Frida, married in 1978, divorced in 1981.
When did the group stop performing together?
Divorce, strained relationships and solo interests led to the end of the group in 1982.
What year was ABBA inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
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