Benny Andersson

Benny Andersson

1946 Benny was born on 16 December in Stockholm. 1952 He received accordion lessons from his father and grandfather.

1964-68 Benny was a member of the Hep Stars, Sweden’s most popular rock band in the Sixties. During this time, he began composing music. ‘Sunny Girl’ and ‘Wedding’ were huge hits for the Hep Stars.

1972-82 ABBA.

1982-84 Benny composed the music (together with Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice) for the musical Chess. 1987 He began collaborating with Orsa Spelmän and recorded three albums rooted in Swedish folk music: Klinga Mina Klockor, November 1989 and Fiolen Min. 1990-95 Working with Björn, Benny composed

the music to Kristina från Duvemåla, which premiered in October 1995.

1995 Benny received the title of professor from

the Swedish government.

2001 His collaboration with Orsa Spelmän led to the formation of Benny Andersson’s Orchestra, a 16-man constellation with vocalists Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg. Thus far, this has resulted in seven CD albums and several summer tours.

2007 Benny was inducted in to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

2008 He was appointed Honorary Doctor of the College of Humanities at Stockholm University, and at Luleå University of Technology in 2012.

Benny Andersson is married to former TV producer Mona Nörklit. They have one child, Ludvig Andersson. Benny also has two children from a previous marriage, Peter Grönvall and Helene Odedal. He has six grandchildren: Charlie, Felix, Fabian, Malin, Viola and Leonard.

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