By pure coincidence I found Birgitta Pincott's website. Birgitta is a female musician, she plays the drums. In the summer of 1970 she toured with Agnetha in both Sweden and Finland. I contacted Birgitta and asked her if she could write something about her memories of this tour. She was very kind and wrote the following exclusively for us here at the blog to enjoy.
"Now I will try to remember. Backing up to April 1970. Luckily I used to keep a diary back then, so I have all the concerts written down. As you read on my homepage I knew Bertil Bertilsson who was a famous stand up comedian back then. I auditioned to play in "Sverige's Jazzband" where Rolf Karvenius played brass and Hasse Andersson played the organ. The two of them became part of the band for the folk park tour.
When my musical abilities had been tested I had to take another test, my singing abilites. I went home to Agnetha and Björn, who lived at Lilla Essingen back then. There I was asked to sing the second pitch part of "Om Tårar Var Guld". I was quite nervous, because sining isn't my strongest talent, but it all went fine.
After that we started to rehearse at the Domino, located at Hornstull in Stockholm. Back then it was a movie theatre, I believe it's a gym nowadays.
From 13 June until 29 August we did approximately 50 gigs, and most of them took place in folk parks. We went to Finland for three days and, among other things, we did a radioshow. We also played at Åsötorget and in the Vasa park in Stockholm. Agnetha and I shared a room. I was glad I wasn't the only girl in the band and we got along fine. Already back then Agnetha was very nervous, which I found hard to understand since everything went so well. She was a very good artist even at that young age.
When we had gigs in Sandhamn and Huskvarna we stayed over at her parents' place. I remember that they had a small dog that was crazy about her squeeky toys. Agnetha played the piano and we sang and had a really nice evening. I really can't remember many of the songs we performed, but I know for sure that "Om Tårar Vore Guld" and "Jag Var Så Kär" where among them. Rolf played "Harem" by Acker Bilk on his clarinet and I had a drum solo. Bert-Åke Varg sang "Bergsprängartango", with special lyrics which was funny. Even though Bert-Åke weren't that many years older than we were, it felt like he was kind of a father figure to me. He was the one who kept us in order. He was a wonderful man who always was in a good mood. [He is still alive, Mickes note.] With us were also Tommy Wåhlberg from the popular group Shanes on guitar and Per-Arne Eklund who played bass (he played in the band Rockfolket.) We all took turns and did our own number so we were not just a back up band. Unfortunately I don't remember what songs the others played. I wish I had a song list kept somewhere. We performed for about and hour.
After your contact I found some rather bad quality photos from when we stopped at some diner along the way and an idol card of Agnetha where she had written down her address and phone number to her apartment on Lilla Essingen.
Our stage outfits were purchased at Gul & Blå [very trendy jeans makers in the 70's in Sweden, Mickes note.] Agnetha had an overall in pink with a heart cut out on her tummy.
A couple of years ago I met some guys, Direktörerna, who play 60's and 70's covers and I started playing with them. It's just for fun, so there are little demands but a whole lot of fun."
Thank you so much, Birgitta, for sharing your story with us. It is always fascinating to hear and read "new" things about the former ABBA-members.