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Fernando by ABBA
Album: Greatest HitsReleased: 1976Charted:
ABBA member Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstad originally recorded the song in Swedish on her solo album Frida Ensam (meaning Frida Alone) in 1975. ABBA then recorded an English version the following year. The song does not appear on any studio album, only greatest hits collections.
Bjorn Ulvaeus (from 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh): "That lyric is so banal and I didn't like it. It was a love lyric, someone who loved Fernando, but I inherited the word 'Fernando' and I thought long and hard, what does Fernando tell me? I was in my summerhouse one starry evening and the words came, 'There was something in the air that night' and I thought of two old comrades from some guerrilla war in Mexico who would be sitting in the porch and reminiscing about what happened to them back then and this is what it is all about. Total fiction."
This was the biggest selling single in Australian chart history until it was overtaken by Elton John's "Candle In The Wind '97
The working title was "Tango."
The male members of ABBA - Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus - wrote this song. The group's manager Stig Anderson also got a songwriting credit of it, which he did on many of their songs.
This song also reached #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and West Germany. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
ABBA's manager, Stig Anderson, sold the use of the song to electronics giant National for $1 million in 1976. It was adapted with a new lyric ("There's so much more to National. So much more than just the many, many things we make for you") and performed by the band for use in a series of five television commercials promoting the National brand. ABBA's Benny Andersson was disgusted, "That did it for me," he said. "We've never sold another song again." (Source ABBA The Official Photo Book