ABBA has gained immense recognition as one of the most iconic bands in recent times. The Swedish quartet, even today, continues to captivate audiences worldwide, maintaining their superstar status. However, Agnetha Faltskog, one of the group’s members, has chosen a life away from the limelight.
Faltskog, alongside Anni-Frid Lyngstad, played a crucial role as one of the lead singers in ABBA. With her extraordinary pop voice, she had people dancing to some songs and breaking hearts with others. Alongside her fellow band members, she became one of the most fascinating music icons of all time.
Despite living a peaceful life in Sweden these days, Faltskog remains involved in creating new music even at the age of 72, and she looks amazing! It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of ABBA. Whether you were present when they performed “Waterloo” for the first time or were born decades later, their music continues to inspire people of all ages.
ABBA’s popularity stems from the fact that they have a song for every moment in life, whether it be sad, happy, inspiring, or regretful. What sets ABBA apart is that all the members virtually disappeared from the public eye after the group’s split. While they continued to make music, they chose to live a quiet life away from the spotlight. Agnetha Faltskog, in particular, embraced this lifestyle.
So, what happened to her after ABBA’s breakup? And how did she become involved with the group in the first place? Let’s explore the fascinating story of Agnetha Faltskog.
Agnetha Faltskog was born on April 5, 1950, in Jönköping, Sweden. She was the eldest of two daughters of Knut Ingvar Fältskog, who worked at a department store, and her mother Birgit Margareta Johansson.
From a young age, Agnetha showed a keen interest in music. Some of her favorite artists included Tom Jones, Petula Clark, and Dusty Springfield. She displayed remarkable talent, writing her first song about two small “trolls” when she was just five years old. She often visited her neighbor’s house to play the piano, and at the age of 8, she began formal piano lessons. Agnetha also sang in the local church choir.
At 13 years old, Agnetha formed a band called The Cambers with two childhood friends. They played minor gigs in their local community, but after two years, Agnetha decided it was time for something new. She then joined the Swedish folk music band Bernt Enghardt, which toured around Sweden playing Swedish dance music.
“They had a singer named Agneta before me that quit,” Agnetha recalled. “They had printed posters looking for a new singer, and when they found me and after I auditioned, it was a big plus that I was named Agnetha as well.”
During her time with Bernt Enghardt, Agnetha worked as a telephonist for a car firm. However, her situation wasn’t ideal as she would often get home late at night and have to go to work just a few hours later. One day, she even passed out at the car firm, leading her mother to give her an ultimatum. Agnetha’s mother said, “‘Either you work as a normal person or you dedicate fully to singing.'” Agnetha chose to pursue singing wholeheartedly.
After two years with the Bernt Enghardt band, Agnetha decided to embark on a solo career. It.