Bravo 4 October 1979

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German rock singer Peter Maffay features on the cover of Bravo of 4 October 1979. This week 38 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• First photos of ABBA’s German tour (see below)
• All about John Travolta
• Introducing Nils Lofgren
• What you need to know about Clout
• Boston coming to tour in West-Germany
• Profile on South African F1 world champion Jody Scheckter
• Teenage band The Teens evicted from their practice room
• Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt private, in pics
• Profile on British group Racey
• The life of Marlon Brando

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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 11 Dec 1975 (ABBA)

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ABBA are pictured on the cover of Bravo of 11 December 1975. Agnetha’s dress is quite short; I hope she didn’t catch a cold.

In that issue the Bravo Bazaar, in which stars give away gifts for lucky winners, offered among many other things Björn’s star-shaped guitar as used when ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest, a 1969-model Volkswagen bus owned by German singer Maggie Mae, Suzi Quatro’s ten-year-old leather jacket, and a signed shirt from Alice Cooper. Some stuff obviously was acquired by Bravo and ascribed to stars, but some of the personalised stuff… wow!

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