Friday, 26 September 2008

Hitkrant, October 1982: Agnetha and Tomas: tasteful duo

You might wonder whether Tomas Ledin and Agnetha Fältskog’s single ‘Never Again’ would have reached such high chart positions if the blonde ABBA-singer had not sung on the record. Of course it’s a very clever move by Polar Music, ABBA’s record company, to include one song on Tomas’ new album on which the tasteful duo sings together and release that song as a single, because let’s be honest: for a whole lot of ABBA-fans, Agnetha is obviously enough reason to buy that single.

And who might that Tomas Ledin be? Those who experienced the ABBA-concert at the Ahoy’ in 1979, have seen him already. Not only as ABBA’s back-up singer, but briefly as a solo-artist as well in the song ‘Not Bad At All’, written by Tomas himself. Indeed, it wasn’t bad at all, but Tomas already has an extensive experience as a singer and pianist.
In the meantime, the 28-year-old Swede has released eight Swedish-language and three English-language albums, and in Sweden he’s a very popular guy.

Indeed, this only happened after he signed with Polar Music in 1979. During that time, ABBA also asked Tomas to go on tour with them and that turned out to be a very wise move: ‘Not Bad At All’ was received enthusiastically everywhere.
It was released as a single and became a hit in many countries. And Tomas doesn’t sit still in other territories either: he entered the Swedish pre-selections for the Eurovision Song Contest five times. The fifth time he won and stepped into the limelight in the final in The Hague (1980). No first place, but a growing reputation that undoubtedly will continue to grow now!

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