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Frida

bvoc, *1945 SE
Singer of Pop and Rock
A.k.a. Anni-Frid Synni, Dowager Prinzessin Reuß von Plauen née Lyngstad Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Norwegian-Swedish singer, and songwriter who is well known as one of the lead singers of Swedish pop group ABBA. Born on November 15, 1945 in Ballangen, Norway. For more Frida releases, see the Anni-Frid Lyngstad page. Frida started her music career in 1958 as a jazz singer. In the 1960s, she married jazz musician Ragnar Fredriksson and had two children, Hans Fredriksson and Ann Lise-Lotte Fredriksson. The couple separated after a few years. During Dagen-H in 1967, she won EMI's talent competition, "New Faces" and first appeared on Swedish television, as she sang "En ledig dag", which was her first single released by His Master's Voice, a week after Dagen-H. Frida was a struggling singer prior to the formation of ABBA due to her fourth placement in Melodifestivalen 1969, with a song "Härlig är vår jord". Nonetheless, Frida recorded singles for EMI consistently, which led her to appear on Swedish television and cabarets, despite that neither of the other songs, charted or only a few songs were circulated in the Swedish radio or sales charts, until she met future bandmate and husband Benny Andersson the same year, who would later propelled her to sing other genres beyond her jazz songs, with her first No. 1 hit in the Swedish radio charts, "Min egen stad", released in 1971 as the B-side to "En gång är ingen gång". A year later, in 1972, Frida was signed to Polar and recorded her first single for the label "Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan", which was her second No. 1 hit in Svensktoppen; ABBA would be formed that same year. During ABBA's recording session of "Waterloo" and their early success after winning the Eurovision Song Contest of 1974, the production of her first solo album for Polar, "Frida Ensam" commenced and took one and a quarter year to finish the recording of the album. "Frida Ensam" was released in November 1975 in Scandinavia. Her single, "Fernando" (later recorded in English by ABBA), and the album reached to the top 10 in Svensktoppen. During ABBA's middle to final years, Frida married Andersson in 1978, and later divorced him in 1981, due to multiple disputes. This led her to collaborate with Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins with her famous album, "Something's Going On", in 1982. With her single, "I Know There's Something Going On", the single reached to the top fives in most of Europe's weekly charts, while in some countries such as the United Kingdom, and the United States, it reached lower than the top fives, depending on the quantity of the record chart list, most notably No. 13 on Billboard's Hot 100. "Something's Going On", as an album, reached to one of the top 40 in Europe's country-varied weekly charts, while in the United States, it reached No. 41 in Billboard's 200. Other singles from "Something's Going On" followed, but did not match the success as her lead single did. In 1984, Frida released her album "Shine", produced by Steve Lillywhite. Unlike her previous album, it was a moderate success in Europe, reaching the Top 10, and Top 20 on some countries such as Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands, but not in particular countries, especially the United Kingdom, which reached No. 67. The album, "Shine", also debuted her songwriting such as "Don't Do It", "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (unreleased, exists only as a bootleg), and "That's Tough" (non-album track), and spawned singles, "Shine/That's Tough", "Come To Me (I Am Woman)/Slowly", "Heart of the Country/Slowly", and "Twist in the Dark/Come To Me (I Am Woman)". She withdrew from music business for a while, as a solo singer after "Shine" was released. A few years later, starting in 1991, Frida became an environmentalist, appearing on fairs and galas, and formed a short lived supergroup, "Artister för Miljö", to raise awareness of the environment. Five years later, she marked her music comeback with her album "Djupa andetag". The album featured her singles, "Även en blomma", "Ögonen", and "Alla mina bästa år", as well as her self-composed album track, "Kvinnor som springer". Frida became a princess through her marriage to Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss (of Plauen) in 1992. The marriage lasted until Reuss died of lymphoma in 1999. Since 1987, Frida has appeared as a guest singer, most notably with Swedish duo Ratata, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Dan Daniell, and jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Frida was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ABBA in 2010.

     
Instruments
  • Backing Vocals
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
I Know There's Something Going On on Something's Going On by Frida
Så länge vi har varann on La dolce vita by Mauro Scocco
I Know There's Something Going On - Single Version on Something's Going On by Frida
Ett liv i solen on Ensam by Frida
I Know There's Something Going On - Fred Falke Remix on I Know There's Something Going On by Frida
Fernando on Ensam by Frida
To Turn The Stone on Something's Going On by Frida
I See Red on Something's Going On by Frida
Here We'll Stay on Something's Going On by Frida
Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan on Ensam by Frida

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
I Know There's Something Going On (Remixes)Frida2015Album
1865Dan Daniell Feat. Frida2015Single
Like An Angel Passing Through My RoomFrida2011Album
Come To MeFrida2010Album
Morning Has BrokenGeorg Wadenius Featuring: Frida2010Single
The DVDFrida2005Album
4xCD 1xDVDFrida2005Album
The Sun Will Shine AgainJon Lord, Frida2004Single
Lieber GottFrida & Dan Daniell2003Single
ABBA – A Tribute (The 25th Anniversary Celebration)The Real Group With Frida / Sofia Tretow & Michael B. Tretow1999Album
The OriginalsABBA, Agnetha Fältskog, Frida1999Compil.
The MixesFrida1998Compil.
14 HitsFrida1998Compil.
Alla Mina Bästa ÅrFrida & Marie Fredriksson1997Single
ÖgonenFrida1996Single
Även En BlommaFrida1996Single
Djupa AndetagFrida1996Album
The Voice Of ABBAAgnetha Fältskog & Frida1994Compil.
ShineFrida1984Album
Come To Me (I Am Woman)Frida1984Single
ShineFrida1984Single
Twist In The DarkFrida1984Single
Heart Of The CountryFrida1984Single
Here We'll Stay / StrangersFrida1983Single
BelleDaniel Balavoine & Frida1983Single
Tell Me It's OverFrida1983Single
TimeFrida & B. A. Robertson1983Single
I Know There's Something Going On / WordsFrida / F.R. David1982Single
I See Red c/w I Got SomethingFrida1982Single
Mi Sono Innamorato Di Mia Moglie / ThrenodyGianni Nazzaro / Frida1982Single
Something's Going OnFrida1982Album
I Know There's Something Going OnFrida1982Single
To Turn The StoneFrida1982Single
Fernando / Et Liv I SolenFrida1976Single
Georgy Porgy / I Know There's Something Going On / FamilyToto / Frida / Hubert LawsAlbum
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