Singer Agnetha Fältskog turns 74 today

Swedish pop legends Agnetha Faltskog was born on this day in 1950

Singer Agnetha Fältskog turns 74 today

Singer Agnetha Fältskog was born on April 5, 1950, in Jönköping, Sweden. Fältskog was the first daughter of parents Ingvar and Birgit. Encouraged by her father, Ingvar, to participate in theater and music, Fältskog fell in love with performing and began writing her own songs on the piano while still very young. At only 13 years old, she formed a musical group called The Cambers with two of her friends. By the time the singer was 18, she had already become a prominent artist in her country. However, she became an international superstar after joining artists Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and forming the band, ABBA. As part of the iconic band, Fältskog released the hit singles, “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia,” among others. Following ABBA’s breakup in 1983, Fältskog continued her career as a solo artist. Fältskog solo albums have not gained the popularity of ABBA’s records, but, she says, “I am now doing what I always wanted to do, writing songs, singing and recording, and being a little star. I like being a little star, being a big star is too much pressure and I don’t like pressure at all. I don’t really miss all the fame and success of ABBA.”

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