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Reference No: 8090
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Price: £75.00
  Stig Anderson

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Swedish music producer and songwriter, most famous as the manager of ABBA.

Anderson had begun writing songs as early as 1951, and in the 1960s he was one of Sweden's most prolific songwriters, producing more than 3,000 published titles.

By the late 1960s, he was the manager and producer of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, who would become the two main songwriters of ABBA. He joined the careers of these two after previously managing the Hootenanny Singers, of which Ulvaeus was a member. Later, in 1972, he began managing Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and finally in 1976 Agnetha Fältskog.

In the early stages of ABBA, Anderson co-wrote many of the songs' lyrics, among them some of the band's greatest hits, such as Waterloo (1974), Honey, Honey (1974), I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (1975), Mamma Mia (1975), S.O.S (1975), Fernando (1976), Dancing Queen (1976), Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977), and The Name of the Game (1977).

Frequently known as the fifth member of ABBA, besides contributing to the songs, he also owned the record label and the publishing company. Polar Music. (Anderson gave shares in the company as gifts to Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus out of friendship as the group became successful).

Relationship problems ultimately led to the demise of ABBA in late 1982 and in 1989 he sold the record company to PolyGram for an unknown sum of money, shortly before the ABBA members took him to court over royalty back payments. Universal Music Group now owns the rights to the entire ABBA back catalogue.

On 12 September 1997, at the age of 66, Stig Anderson died of a heart attack.

This is an exceptionally rare signature in black ink on a 6" x 4" white card, obtained in person at the Royal Opera House in London on the 22nd November 1995. In very good condition.