He is a bassist,
arranger and producer born in Linkoping, Sweden, who studied classical guitar at the
Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
In 1972 he was
told by a classmate that The Hootenanny Singers were looking for a bassist
and singer and after being immediately catching their attention he was signed
up at the audition. Two of his
co-members were the singer-songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus
and Benny Andersson
The Hootenanny Singers within a couple of years he worked with Bjorn Ulvaeus on the new Swedish group known as ABBA. He remained with them throughout
their successful years, performing on most of their hit singles and all
eight of their albums and being with them throughout their worldwide tours
and in their film ABBA: The Movie. At the same time he is credited as
being the writer of the scores they used for horns and strings.
break-up of ABBA in 1982 he began to be sought after as an arranger and
producer but continued to appear in ABBA related projects. This included recording the
concert-version of Chess and
going on a Scandinavian tour of the production. He also toured in a concert of Bjorn
& Benny’s compositions, was an arranger for the musical Mamma Mia! and
was the producer for the tribute band Arrival on “Just a Notion”
which was a previously unrecorded song for ABBA.
He worked on
other musical productions such as Les Miserables
and Diggiloo and with artists and groups such as Adam
Ant, Kiki Danielsson, Celine Dion, Lotta Engberg, Elton John,
Lena Philippson and Westlife.
Some of the many
albums he has worked on include all of the ABBA ones as well as Strip by Adam Ant, New
Day Has Come by Celine Dion,
Wrap Your Arms Around Me by Agnetha Faltskog, Shine by Frida,
Way I Am by Ana Johnsson, Ripp Rapp by
Ulf Lundell and the soundtrack of Spider-Man 2 among many others.
spends much of his time arranging and producing although still makes appearances
as a musician.
(Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus)
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