Disco

Filmed: Saturday 28 September 1974

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Broadcast: Saturday 28 September 1974, 18:00-19:00, ZDF, Germany

Release status: This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD

Shown in: Germany

Additional information

Disco was a pop music program that aired in Germany on the ZDF network from 1971 to 1982. It generally aired on the first Saturday of each month at 19:30, each show running 45 minutes. 133 shows were produced. The show was hosted by German actor and comedian Ilja Richter. The show focussed on chart hits current at the time of airing, giving about equal airtime to international pop music and German Schlager. Despite its name, it did not particularly focus on disco music although it featured many disco hits as long as they were chart relevant. (The name of the show was devised before disco as a musical style existed).

Programme 46.

A great performance of Honey Honey. Frida has wickedly "knowing" grin on her face throughout and her and Agnetha are wearing long dresses only ever seen in this performance (unless you know differently?! - Tell me!). The programme was hosted as usual by Ilja Richter.

Apparently every Disco show from 1973 until 1976 was filmed in Hamburg and then moved to Munich in February 1976.

You can just about spot ABBA leaving the stage and fighting their way through the audience at the end of the show during the credits.

Other guests on the show:

  1. Sparks - This Town ain't Big Enough for Both of us
  2. Cindy & Bert - Aber am Abend, da spielt der Zigeuner 
  3. George McCrae - Rock Your Baby **
  4. Irena Jarova - Junge Liebe 
  5. Stefan Waggershausen - Irgendwann fällt der Regen 
  6. Bernhard Brink - Liebe kann man nicht verbieten 
  7. Kincade - How can I fly? 
  8. Roco Granata - Marina 
  9. Suzi Quatro - Too Big 
  10. Chris Roberts - Ich mach' ein glückliches Mädchen aus dir 
  11. ABBA - Honey Honey

** The rhythmn and feel of George McCrae's Rock Your Baby has been cited as inspiration for Dancing Queen.  Could this have been the first time Benny and Björn heard the song?

Click here to see a picture from the dress rehearsal

This clip was also broadcast on ABBA Kultnacht on 2 November 2002, ZDF, Germany.

Click here for a TV listing from Leidsch Dagblad - 28 September 1974, p.5
 

Lyrics available on the Official ABBA site

Thanks to Jos Heselmans, Jun Seo, Julian D, Jozsef, eagle-eyed Steve Layton, Gill Daniel, Micke Andersson and Robin Andersson for information.
YouTube link c/o Stephen Layton

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