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
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
Abba on a superposter in Bravo of 25 August 1977.
ABBA on a poster in Bravo of 4 July 1974, almost three months after they won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo”.
A mini-magazine on ABBA in Bravo of 13 March 1980. Properly cut out and folded, this would be a pocket magazine. With a kissogram of Agnetha (an open-mouth kiss) and Anni-Frid (MWAH!)
And always ABBA! Here they are in bright 1980s colours on a super-sized poster in Bravo of 8 January 1981. ABBA had finished second in the readers’ poll of favourite band of 1980 (the winners featured on Sunday)
ABBA are pictured on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 11 December 1975
Having had their international breakthrough with S.O.S. in autumn, their new single out was Mamma Mia. In Germany they had already enjoyed a string of hits, including Ring Ring in 1974, which featured on the Should Have Been A UK Top 10 Hit mix.
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!
ABBA on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 27 November 1980. Their hit at the time was “Super Trouper”.
Look at Björn’s body language. Soooo divorced.
Abba are pictured on a poster in the Bravo Posters magazine in July 1974, just a few months after they won the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’.