Stig Anderson

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Stig 'Stikkan' Erik Leopold Anderson (né Andersson) (25 January 1931 – 12 September 1997) was born in Hova, Sweden, and is best known as the manager of the pop group ABBA.


Polar Music

Before ABBA Stig Anderson had a huge number of hits on the Swedish lists with the biggest Swedish artists at that time. So much so that he had the nickname "The Business" since he most often had several artists in the Top 10 with whom he had written, published and recorded the songs. The usual route when out of tunes was New York. He flew there, bought songs that had been American hits, translated or wrote out the lyrics on the flight back and had a recording session the day after and the record on the store shelves within a few days. The number of songs sent to IFPI/ASCAP for copyright protection reached more than 4,000 songs. He never got tired, always working from the day he turned seven until his death.

As well as being the manager of the Swedish supergroup, Anderson was also the founder of the Polar Music record label. Initially beginning his career as a chemistry and mathematics teacher after leaving school at the age of 15,[1] Anderson soon entered the Swedish music scene, becoming a music producer, manager and also occasional performer. He had begun writing songs as early as 1951, and in 1959 he got his breakthrough with the song "Är du kär i mig ännu, Klas-Göran?" ("Are You Still In Love With Me, Klas-Göran?"), written for Swedish singer Lill-Babs. During the 1960s he was one of Sweden's most prolific songwriters, producing more than 3,000 published titles. Anderson also founded Sweden Music in 1960, as well as several other companies. By the late 1960s, he was the manager and producer of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (the two main songwriters of ABBA), joining the careers of these two after Anderson managed the Hootenanny Singers. Later in 1972 he began managing Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and finally in 1976 Agnetha Fältskog (until December 1975, Fältskog was still bound to Cupol/CBS Records under a contract). Starting out, Björn and Benny were living in a Volkswagen bus and had decided to quit performing to go look for regular jobs when Stig Andersson persuaded them to start a new band with the four together and made a great investment to create what later became a great success.


In the early stages of ABBA, Anderson co-wrote a large part of the songs' lyrics, among them some of the band's biggest hits, such as "Ring Ring" (1973), "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). Much known as the fifth member, always rephrasing and writing most of the lyrics of ABBA's greatest hits although he's not often credited for more than the lyrics. This much because he was a very humble man, he owned the record label and the publishing company. Those were from shares in part given as gifts to Bjorn Ulveus, Benny Andersson and Michael B Tretow for no reason but friendship and generosity as the group grew from nothing to the tremendous success we now know as ABBA. Michael being the genius behind the mixing board and the engineer of both the sound and everything else soundwise. According to Stig Anderson's most treasured award was Billboard Magazine's "Trendsetter Award". Such a distinction had only been presented to one European person before Anderson, and that was Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles.

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