ABBA 1982


ABBA in total 1980s look on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 7 January 1982. They had finished third in the annual readers’ poll for favourite band of 1981.

The top 10:

  1. Adam and the Ants
  2. The Teens
  3. ABBA
  4. AC/DC
  5. Kiss
  6. Police
  7. ELO
  8. Visage
  9. Queen
  10. Motörhead

Bravo 4 October 1979


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



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


Bravo 11 Dec 1975 (ABBA)

751211 Bravo Cover

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!