Heart 1977

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Heart on a back-page poster in Bravo of 20 October 1977.

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Bravo 20 October 1977

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The cover of Bravo of 20 October 1977. That week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Shock news: The Bay City Rollers are emigrating to the USA
• After David and Shaun, third Cassidy brother Patrick is waiting to make his career
• “Stranglers: The punks with an organ”
• The future plans of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill
• Sweet postpone their German tour
• How young woman in wheelchair hitch-hiked to Portugal, England, Morocco, Egypt
• John Paul Young: the singer from whom the Bay City Rollers “stole” a hit (“Yesterday’s Hero”)

ABBA report 1977

Bravo’s story of how Anni-Frid of ABBA united with the father she never knew — thanks to Bravo. It’s a remarkable story.

Anni-Frid was born of a Norwegian mother and a German soldier during the occupation of Norway in World War 2. The father went back to Germany before the child was born; because of the stigma of collaboration, Anni-Frid was moved to Sweden to be raised by her grandmother.

Anni-Frid mother died young; all the girl had was the father’s name, Alfred Haase, who she grew up to believe to have died in the war. Thirty-odd years later she mentioned her father’s name in an interview with Bravo, which Haase’s grand-daughter read. Bravo was contacted, and mediated the meeting between the Swedish superstar and her long-lost father.

This is the report of that meeting, in Bravo of 22 September 1977

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Bravo 22 Sept 1977

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The cover of Bravo of 22 September 1977. This week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• ABBA’s Anni-Frid united with her long-missing German father (to run later today)
• 22 years ago: The day James Dean raced into his death
• Bay City, Michigan, celebrates the visiting Bay City Rollers
• Comedian Otto Waalkes on his Germany tour
• Baccara in a “golden cage”
• How festival-goers rioted after advertised acts appeared at Sheeßel
• Elvis and his best movies
• Introducing NYC rock band Mink de Ville
• What teenagers get up to in New York City