This page was last updated on August 2nd 2000.
This page will concentrate on the works of Björn & Benny at the Polar label.
News added 1998-01-03
|Polar was the record company that Stig 'Stikkan' Anderson started in the
60's. It had several hits with now forgotten artists. One of the bands
contracted to the label was Hootenanny Singers. It was via them Stikkan
came in to contact with Björn and Benny. In the late 60's they were
employed as in house composers and producers. The project that later turned
out to be ABBA was just a small side kick.
After ABBA split up the company sort of fell slowly apart. Stikkan wanted to establish himself as a respected man, something he was not due to several reasons. The type of light music he himself composed during the 50's and 60's was never considered serious (just as Backstreet Boys' composer / producer Denniz Pop had to take a lot of crap today...).
ABBA then strike fame during the red 70's when all reporters etc. were very much to the left and you were supposed to do progressive music about the oppressed working classes (who did not really felt oppressed with their new Volvos on the parking lot...). Also music should be done in non-profit organizations, not in a highly successful corporations. So much of the 80's was spent by Stikkan to do more serious music, such as Jazz and Classic with the money he earned on ABBA.
The "pop" side of Polar was run by Sikkan's daughter, Marie Ledin (yes she is married to ABBA
related singer Tomas Ledin). She quit
Polar in the mid 80's to start her own label, The Record Station, and then
the offers from the big multinational entertainment corporations became
more frequent. So in the late 80's Stikkan sold Polar to PolyGram, he still
remained chairman, but he really was not interested anymore. The last contribution
was the Stikkan Väljer Polars Pärlor series of compilations
from the early and mid 90's.
Due to a fatal heart attack Stikkan Anderson passed away on 12 September
1997. He was 66 years old. The funeral was televised, Frida, Björn &
Benny attended it. Before there were rumours about ABBA performing in the
church, but this turned out to be only a rumour. Control off ABBA's recordings was moved to
Holland, and as I write this in the Summer of 1998, PolyGram it self is
now part of Canadian alcohol manufacturer Seagrams. If this will lead to
the Agnetha Whiskey and Frida Vodka future will tell... ;-)
Due to a fatal heart attack Stikkan Anderson passed away on 12 September 1997. He was 66 years old. The funeral was televised, Frida, Björn & Benny attended it. Before there were rumours about ABBA performing in the church, but this turned out to be only a rumour. Control off ABBA's recordings was moved to Holland, and as I write this in the Summer of 1998, PolyGram it self is now part of Canadian alcohol manufacturer Seagrams. If this will lead to the Agnetha Whiskey and Frida Vodka future will tell... ;-)
In the early 90's Marie Ledin sold The Record Station to one of the multinational giants. So the last shred of the original Polar was in the big ones. But before long Marie started a new inependent label, Anderson Records. Among the artists are Eva Dahlgren, Tomas Ledin and Frida.
There were many artists on the label. On this page will only those with an ABBA relation appear.
Ted was born in 1956. He played tennis apart from doing music, and according to his brother he was really good at it too. Unfortunatly for him another bloke born that year played tennis in the same district. That bloke was non other then tennis ace Björn Borg. So Ted never got to any National championships. He went for the music instead. But he and Björn remained friends.
When he became a major pop star and heart throb in the early 70's he was still a teenager. When the career dipped in the late 70's and early 80's he sort of lost his ground. So he joined a strange religous cult. Then in the 90's he started to get his act togheter again, and made a comeback. Sadly though in the summer of 1997 Ted Gärdestad committed suicide.
All prices are in SEK. Postage and packing will be added. See the ordering information page for more details about ordering. If you click on the button below, you can convert SEK to your currency. Gradings are for second hand records only. Follows the guide lines in magazine 'Record Collector'. See 'Grading & Abbreviations' in the 'Information' section for further details about this.
|Ted Gärdestad: Undringar, 11 tracks from 1972, re-issued 1991||CD||Polar||847 814-2||130|
|Ted Gärdestad: Ted, 11 tracks from 1973, re-issued 1991||CD||Polar||847 815-2||130|
|Ted Gärdestad: Upptåg, 10 tracks from 1974, re-issued 1991||CD||Polar||511 117-2||130|
|Ted Gärdestad: Franska Kort, 11 tracks from 1976, re-issued 1991||CD||Polar||847 816-2||130|
|Ted Gärdestad: Stormvarning, 12 tracks from 1981, re-issued 1991||CD||Polar||847 817-2||130|
|Ted Gärdestad: Kalendarium 1972-93, 16 tracks, released 1993)||CD||Polar||519 052-2||170|
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