Frida went regularly to her singing coach during the ABBA years, sadly I can't find the name of this woman.
Thanks to Kristian Fearon we now know the name of the singing lesson: Mrs. Inga Sundström. When I saw that name I thought I had heard it before, and going back on my blog i found the following article:
23 June 2005
ABBA - October 1978
Here's an article about every day life with ABBA from VeckoRevyn 25 October 1978.
ABBA - glitter, gold and platform shoes. ABBA are rich as trolls, the most lucrative business in Sweden. That's two statements of our international pop wonder. On these following pages you will see what their ordinary days look like. There is an every day life for ABBA too. An ordinary day, an ordinary week 1978.
FRIDA DANCES Eight and a half hours a week Frida goes dancing. Organised dancing that is. Jazz ballet. Then she goes out to discos. Often, often, several nights a week. The dance is, if not all of her life, a big part of her life. And it's a requited love. - Frida is a fantastic natural talent. She could have been professional. No doubt about it. Says Graham Tainton, ABBA's choreographer and Frida's dance teacher for many years. Five times a week she dances jazz dance. Three times at the Balettakademin, and three with Graham. He started teaching her even before the ABBA-era. A lonely girl who came to learn some dance moves together with allready big stars such as Laila Westersund and Tommy Blom. When ABBA was formed, Graham started to give both Frida and Agnetha lessons where the goal was their stage apperances when they performed with ABBA. As the shows became fewer and Agnetha had children, Frida stayed on to keep her dancing up to date. - She has developed very well. And that has only increased her love for the dancing, says Tainton. And when we sometimes meet out on the town, at some club or something like that, we dance and dance and dance, we can't stop. She dances with Graham. Not with Benny. Like most musicians he hates dancing.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * AGNETHA PRACTICES HER SCALES AND GOES FOR A RUN If you are a pop singer you have to take good care of your voice, thought both Agnetha and Frida. So they made an appointment with singing instructor Inga Sundström. That was two years ago. Now Frida sees her every day and Agnetha two times a week. - Inga is very important to us, says Agnetha. We have become much more sure of our voices, we feel that we have gained control. When she is at Inga's she is not allowed to sing pop music. Instead she has to sing scales, romances and every now and then an opera aria. Breathing- and speech techniques are also important things to learn. - Agnetha has been told that how she shall treat her voice in a more gentle way. I teach her how to relax, and breathing right during the song doesn't stress her voice as much. Both the girls and I have noticed a tremendous difference now after two years of hard training. They can sing for longer amount of time and they have reached new levels. In their job it's important that you sing "right". Otherwise it could cause damage to your throat.
Agnetha - just like Björn - enjoys to go for a good run in the woods to keep in shape. The pair of them were jogging long before it became so enormously popular as it is and has been for quite some time now. Björn even participated in the runner's competitionLidingöloppet, over 30 km. Agnetha doesn't run that far. She gives her all for 2 km in a fast pace. And afterwards she's quite exhausted. The only good thing about that is that she always beats Björn and arrives home first. So therefore Agnetha is faster, says their daughter Linda with her five year old logics.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BENNY FOCUSES ON THE SERVE Benny's biggest problem right now is the serve. On the tennis court that is. Apart from that he is gifted in almost every other aspect of tennis, if you ask his coach Madelene Pegel. - For a beginner - he has only been playing since March - he is verypromising, she says. When he wanted to start taking lessons I explained to him what a demanding sport tennis actually is. Then I tested him. And I saw that he definitely had talent. so I adviced him to keep it up. Benny had never done any sports earlier in his life. He has just not been interested in it. But with tennis, well, that's something completely different. - Yes, Benny really gets into the game so it's a joy to be his coach. - He is very strong and quick. An allround player. The basic moves he already has. Thanks to his strong wrists he gets a real good force in both forehand and backhand. His footwork is good and he reaches the net very quickly. - The only small problem we are dealing with now is his serve. But I think that's only due to the fact that we haven't practised that as much yet. Benny tries to fit the tennis in at least once a week. And then he plays opposite Rune Söderqvist (ABBA's Art Director). Benny even talked Frida into starting when he started, so who knows, maybe we will see a double mixed in the future.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ...AND THEN THERE WAS THAT ALBUM TO RECORD Three times a week, 10-12 hours a day, ABBA works with their new album. It's hard work. But it is in the studio the group come alive. And so say all of the people who are allowed in the studio. This is especially true regarding Benny. He lives for the job in the studio - where he gets his chance to play with the music. Benny is a "musikant". And of course, he can play the accordion as well. The main reason is that demands have increased, both our own and the audience's. And the fact that we have gotten our own recording studio - now we can have all the time we need, says Michael B. Tretow, ABBA's sound technician. A Christmas release is what the group is hoping for. But they can't guarantee it. When we write this article 4-5 songs are completed. Björn and Benny constantly come up with new ideas. The only song they know for shure is going to be included on the new album is "Summer Night City", ABBA's latest single. - I think this will be the best record we have ever made, says Michael B. Tretow, and it seems like he means it. This record will probably be more "straight-a-head" than "The Album", which was released a year ago. On that record a lot of what we had to prove was to "spread our wings", find out how advanced you can be. This time I guess it will more of a happy album.
I was a little right. And now I'm excited, I can't wait to read the book from her perspective. Aftonbladet writes today:
ABBA-Frida has put words to the tragedies in her life.
I ”Skavlan” she reveals her plans of writing a book about her life. Writing has helped me when I have gone through harder periods of my life, Anni-Frid Lyngstad says.
I SVT:s talkshow "Skavlan" on Friday Frida, 68 makes a rare performance. When the show was taped the ABBA-icon that she us working on a book about her life. A life filled wit pop star dreams coming true but also of deep sorrow. In 1998 her 30 year old daughter Ann Lise-Lotte Casper in a car accident in the USA. The following year Anni-Frid's husband, price Ruzzo Reuss von Plauen from cancer. He was only 49 years old.
– I have always written a lot. Nothing that I have published. But in my pivate life it has helped me go throughs things, The book will not be just a regular memoir and the date for publishing is't decided yet. - I would more call it a "story" not just a "memoir", - But of course I am involved but in a bif of a different way she tells Fredrik Skavlan.
Anni-Frid Synny Lyngstad was born in Norwy, and were almost only two years old when her mother died. She grew up with her grandmother in Sweden. 1986 she moved to Switzerland for the love of her prince.
"Loneliness became my companion" During the recording of the "Skavlan" show the singer also talk about the great loneliness she has experienced during her life. - A rather big loneliness which in the beginning bothered me, but has grown to something she appreciates and has become a friend during the years. I actually enjoy it now that we have bec ome "friends". It doesn't bother me, I ejnjoy it as well.
Apart from her successfull music career Anni-Frid has Anni-Frid has been very involved in environmental issues. That part of my life will also be written about in the book. - I want to write a story with ecological parts since I hadworked with it earlier a lot and I'm still very close to nature.
Yes, even the reclusive Agnetha has done it. Now it is clear that even the fourth ABBA member Frida, will visit "Skavlan".
Mamma mia! Now Fredrik Skavlan quad ABBAstars. On Friday sits namely singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad in the program manager's talk show couch to be questioned. ABBA Frida lives today in the village of Zermatt in Switzerland and is very economical with her appearances on television and the press. Last year, she appeared, after much secrecy, in Sweden at the inauguration of the new ABBA Museum on Djurgården in Stockholm. »Is not much to do about it» When ABBA colleague Agnetha Fältskog the only band member who did not show up since the inauguration clashed with her schedule. Something that Anni-Frid commented disappointed in Expressen's news program "Prime Time": - It's a bit boring, I think. But it is as it is, it is not so much to do, she said then.
Besides Anni-Frid Lyngstad is visited Friday's "Skavlan" also by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the artist Elvis Costello and the Swedish heavy metal band In Flames. The program is broadcast in SVT1.