ABBA 1979


ABBA on an A2 superposter in Bravo of 13 December 1979. The were having a hit at the time with “I Have A Dream”.

ABBA had just finished second in the annual readers’ poll for favourite band. Here’s the Top 10:

  1. The Teens
  2. ABBA
  3. Smokie
  4. Dschingis Khan
  5. Kiss
  6. Racey
  7. Status Quo
  8. Blondie
  9. Bee Gees
  10. 10 Boney M.

Bravo 13 Dec 1979 (ABBA)


ABBA feature on the cover of Bravo of 13 December 1979. This week 39 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Donna Summer: From Cinderella to Disco Queen
• ABBA’s Björn presents his new girlfriend
• Italian singer Alan Sorrenti
• Bravo remembers actor Gary Cooper
• The new Terence Hill & Bud Spencer (they’re in Africa now)
• Pop group Promises at home
• REO Speedwagon’s tour of Germany
• Footballer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge interviewed

Bravo 2 April 1981 (ABBA)


ABBA feature on the cover of Bravo of 2 April 1981. This week 37 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• ABBA’s Benny recalls how it all began
• Midge Ure’s Ultravox have a hit (it means nothing to me!)
• Brian Johnson: How everything’s going with AC/DC
• Status Quo: Will this be their last tour? (no)
• A visit to Cliff Richard in Sheffield
• How Tatum O’Neal is making a fool of Leif Garrett
• The best thriller currently on screen: Dressed To Kill
• The stars of the wild Rock & Roll years
• Eurovision Song Contest line-up (#14, the UK’s Bucks Fizz, win)
• The Bay City Rollers’ attempted comeback
• Kristy McNichol’s pet monkey
• Maywood: the “disco sisters”
• Latest 50cc motorbikes reviewed

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