Filmed: Thursday 22 March 1973 or Friday 23 March 1973
Location: Vienna, Austria
Broadcast: Sunday 27 May 1973, 17:05-17:55, ORF1, Austria
Release status: Ring Ring was released on the Ring Ring Deluxe Edition
Duration: 49:44 (whole programme); ABBA songs 7 minutes
Shown in: Austria
Spotlight was a monthly TV programme for teenagers on channel ORF 1 (Österreichischer Rundfunk), a co-production with Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG). This music series focussed on music with local and national live guests & videos in 50 minutes Episodes. From 1968 to 1978 hosted by popular bearded Austrian TV presenter Peter Rapp.
With Inger Brundin still standing in for Agnetha (who had given birth to Linda a month earlier), they performed (mimed to) People Need Love and Ring Ring, the latter being performed standing around a low rotating chandelier and was introduced Peter Rapp.
This was part of a promotional tour of Germany (Disco) Netherlands (Popzien), Belgium (Ziet u er wat in?) and Denmark (Television City and Sommerlørdag) in the first few months of 1973.
A segment of Ring Ring was repeated on 31 December 1973 in a review program of the year.
Some rehearsal footage of this Spotlight appearance was featured on Austria Wochenshau on 8 June 1973. In 2004 a DVD called Austria Wochenschau was released in Austria which included 24 seconds of ABBA footage during rehearsals (in black and white).
The performance of Ring Ring was released on the Ring Ring Deluxe Edition released on 14 October 2013.
Running order of this episode:-
Click here for an alternative image showing Inger Brundin at the front of the shot next to Björn. This must have been from a dress rehearsal.
Click here for a TV listing cutting from Diet Tat - 25 May 1973.
Thanks to Harry Ehler (for info on the bearded guy!), Jozsef, Dmitry Shipov, Julian Koerner, Carl Magnus Palm, Sam Shervz, Watler Veldman, Jun Seo, Julian D, Nicole Schloß, Alison Guest and Erik Liebstaedter.
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