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Björn Ulvaeus
25 April 1946  Björn Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg in 1945. As a 6 year old boy the family Ulvaeus moved to Västervik, in the year of 1951. Björn was 12 years old when he got his first guitar. Early on, he learned to interpret other artist's songs, among the music styles was traditional jazz.

Björn and his classmate Tony Roth were in the folk group "West Bay Singers" along with Hansi Schwartz and Johan Karbler. The others in the group were Hansi Schwartz and Johan Karlber. "West Bay" means Västervik in Swedish. In 1963 Björn's mother entered the group into a competition arranged by SR.
While the West Bay Singers were preparing themselves for the competition, Stikkan Andersson and Bengt Bernhag were looking for a group singing in Swedish.
Bengt looked in the newspaper the day before the competition, and saw a little note about a group that would join the competition, West Bay Singers. He called the group and asked them to send him a demo cassette. That gave the group members an important turn in their careers.

Hootenanny Singers managed to release 12 albums before ABBA was taking shape (two of them were recorded in the early ABBA-days).

In 1966, Björn and Benny met for the first time. They were both on tour with their groups, and they figuratively bumped into each other. Björn and Benny wrote their first song that day, "Isn't easy to say", that was recorded by Benny's group "Hep Stars" soon after.

Between the years 1968 and 1969, Björn recorded four solo singles. They were mainly English songs translated into Swedish. The records didn't become big hits, and are real rarities to ABBA-fans.

At the end of the 1960's, Benny asked Björn if he wanted to tour with the Hep Stars. Bjorn said "Yes", and would replace regular guitarist Janne Frick.

After ABBA, Björn helped Benny with lyrics on his two solo albums "Klinga Mina Klockor" ('Ring My Bells') and "November 1989". He also co-wrote the musical "Chess" with Sir Tim Rice and Benny. He has been involved as co-producer in many solo projects, for example Gemini. In the beginning of the 90s he also wrote another musical together with Benny - this time a version of Vilhelm Moberg's "Utvandrarna", which came to be named "Kristina från Duvemåla". Björn is the more active of the two when it comes to the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!", which is now playing in several different countries. He wrote the lyrics to the song "Vår Sista Dans", which is included on Benny Anderssons Orkester's latest and debut album. His latest project has been to produce "Chess" in Swedish at Cirkus. The musical has been reworked, with new Swedish lyrics (and some new tunes too).



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