In 1976--the bicentennial year of the United States--America and the world were rockin'! Alex Haley's book, Roots, was riveting the nation. A one-term governor from the south, Jimmy Carter, defeated Gerald Ford in the presidential election. On Tuesday nights, families gathered around the TV set to watch America's favorite show, Happy Days.
And a pop/rock group from Sweden, ABBA, was topping the charts.
It was a heady time. ABBA, who would go on to sell almost 400 million records, was a worldwide phenomenon. In the wake of hits like "Waterloo," "Mamma Mia" and "Fernando," the photogenic foursome were poised to release their first #1 single in the U.S.--the amazing "Dancing Queen."
Like their previous hits, "Dancing Queen" was impossibly hooky and altogether infectious, and it did indeed hit the top of the charts in the States. This week, we've decided to feature the video here in Framed, and--in what we can only describe as an amazing journalistic coup--have actually solicited comments from the ABBA of the past for your edification. At first confused to be talking with someone 31 years in their future, the Swedish superstars quickly caught on and agreed to become part of the Framed experience. We salute them and their decade of excellence!
- Jimmy Carter
- Gerald Ford