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also known as Göran Bror Benny Andersson, Benny Andersson

composer , musician , writer

Benny Andersson isa swedish musician,one of the founders of the famous ABBA.

He is an owner of the Hotel Rival in Stockholm, which was opened in 2003. He belongs to Kulturslussen-gängen (the group which takes a stand against construction reforms in the old part of Stockholm).

Benny Andersson has a fortune worth at least US$ 130 million.

Background

Benny's parents are Gösta and Laila Andersson.

In 1949-1952 the Anderssons lived in Eskilstuna. In 1948 Benny's sister, Eva-Lis Andersson, was born. At the age of 6 Benny got his first musical instrument - accordion, as both his grandfather and father enjoyed music. He was greatly influenced by his grandfather. At the age of 10 he started to take the piano lessons. He was taught by his father Gösta and grandfather Efraim to play Swedish traditional and folk music, as well as popular compositions and songs.

Education

After he finished high school Andersson joined his first band "The Hep Satrs". When it disbanded, he had to pay tax debts for four years.

Career

When Benny met Björmn Ulvaeus their fruitful cooperation began. It’s interesting enough that they two invited their girlfriends Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog to sing back-vocals in the song "Hej gamle man". It was a solid basis for further development of their common career.

In 1964 he was invited by Sven Hedlund to the "Elverkets Spelmanslag", a folk music ensemble. About that time he started to write songs for the group ("No Response" & "Sunny Girl"). He entered the "Hep Stars", which were known as "The Swedish Beatles", in October the same year as a pianist. <br/>In 1966 he met Björn Ulvaeus and their cooperation began. Their first thing was "Isn't It Easy to Say". <br/>In 1973 the group under a new name, Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid, participated in Melodifestivalen and took the 3d place with the song "Ring, ring". <br/>In 1974 ABBA was formed, the group wan Eurovision Song contest in Brighton with their hit "Waterloo". The majority of ABBA's songs were written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. <br/>In 1982 the group split since its participants had difficulties to combine their public and private lives. <br/>In 1982-1990 after ABBA disbanded Benny-Bjorn went on and gave fruitful results in the form of stage musicals "Chess"(included even rap-lines) of Tim Rice and "Kristina från Duvemåla"(classical and folk music, based on Vilhelm Moberg's novels). He is also known for his cooperation with other musicians, with the Swedish band “Gemini”. He coproduced music for the film "Mio in the Land of Faraway". <br/>In 2001 Benny Anderssons Orkester (BAO) was formed; it consisted of 16 participants. <br/>In 2003 he was even represented in supplement to Verbums Psalmbook. <br/>In 2004 Benny, as well as other 3 members of ABBA appeared in project "Our last video" dedicated to Eurovision Song Contest that year. <br/>In 2005 he became the first Swedish pop-billionaire. <br/>In 2007 Benny worked on the music for the film "Mama mia!", rerecording old ABBA songs. <br/>Benny wrote a special work "En skrift i snön " with lyrics of Kristina Lugn for the opening ceremony in the concert house Studio Acusticum in Piteå. He also composed music to the film "Sånger från andra våningen" by Roy Andersson. <br/>In 2010 ABBA was included in the Rockn'Roll Hall Of Fame. <br/>In November 2012 Andersson was recognised by Glamour's magazine as “the Sexiest Musician Alive”.

Achievements

  • The ABBA band achieved international success. Between 1975 and 1982 it produced 17 singles, which listed in the United Kingdom Top Five. In 2002 Goran Benny Andersson got a professor's degree and in 2007 he became a member of Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien (King's Musical Academy). In 2008 he got a Doctor's honourable degree within humanitarian faculty of Stockholm University. In august 2012 he got honourable doctorate from Luleå Tekniska Universitet (Technological University of Luleå). He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 in the category the Best New Musical for "Mamma Mia!", based on ABBA music Together with Björn Ulvaeus and Martin Koch he was nominated for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award in the category the Best Orchestrations for "Mamma Mia!".

Works

  • Musical

    • Chess(1984)

    • Kristina från Duvemåla (Kristina from Duvemala)(1995)

    • Mama mia!(1999)

  • musical album

    • Hep Stars - We and Our Cadillac(1965)

    • Hep Stars - Hep Stars on Stage(1965)

    • Hep Stars - The Hep Stars(1966)

    • Hep Stars - Jul med Hep Stars(1967)

    • Hep Stars -It's Been a Long Long Time(1968)

    • Hep Stars - Songs We Sang 68(1968)

    • Hep Stars - Hep Stars på svenska(1969)

    • Hep Stars -How It All Started(1970)

    • Bjorn & Benny - Lycka(1970)

    • Gemini - Gemini(1985)

    • Gemini-Geminism (1987)

    • Orsa Spelman - Orsa Spelmän (1988)

    • Orsa Spelman - Fiolen min(1990)

    • Orsa Spelman - Ödra

    • Benny Anderssons Orkester - Benny Anderssons Orkester(2001)

    • Benny Anderssons Orkester-Bachelor of the Arts of Obstetrics! (2004)

    • Benny Anderssons Orkester- Story of a Heart(2009)

    • Benny Anderssons Orkester- Bachelor of the Arts of Obstetrics på turné(2005)

    • Benny Anderssons Orkester - Bachelor of the Arts of Obstetrics 3(2007)

  • solo album

    • Klinga mina klockor(1987)

    • November 1989 (1989)

  • studio album

    • ABBA- Ring Ring(1973)

    • ABBA - Waterloo(1974)

    • ABBA - ABBA(1975)

    • ABBA - Arrival(1976)

    • ABBA - The Album(1977)

    • ABBA - Voulez-Vous(1979)

    • ABBA - Super Trouper(1980)

    • ABBA -The Visitors(1981)

Politics

In 2010 Danish People's Party, far-right political party, used the song "Mama Mia" in its campaign. Andersson said that they couldn't rewrite songs as they liked and that ABBA had no interest in supporting their party. Benny Andersson invested some of his money in Gudrun Schyman in order to make it possible for her to make it into the EU parliament. He supports Schyman’s political ideas by donating SEK 300,000 ($38,981.06) to Feministiskt Initiativ (Feminist Initiative, a feminist political party in Sweden). He said that he sympathized with Schyman’s unyielding fight for equality.

Membership

  • Royal Swedish Academy Music , Sweden

    2007

Interests

  • Writers

    Vilhelm Moberg

  • Other Interests

    He is a fan of Polynesian quisine. Favorite drinks are beer and water. His favorite pastime is music, yachting and reading.

  • Music & Bands

    folk music, classical

Connections

father:
Gösta Andersson - Swedish - engineer

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1st wife( -1966):
Christina Grönvall

Son:
Hans Gösta Peter Grönvall - musician

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Daughter:
Helene Grönvall - Swedish

2nd wife(1978-1981):
Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad - Norwegian - singer

ABBA

In 1978 Andersson married Frida Lyngstad, but soon they divorced.

Wife:
Monika Nörklit(1981-present) - Swedish - Tv-presenter

Son:
Ludvig Andersson - Swedish - musician

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