Melodifestival

Filmed: Saturday 15 February 1975

Location: Göteborg, Television Centre, Studio 1, Sweden

Broadcast: Saturday 15 February 1975, LIVE on SVT1 at 20:00, Sweden

Release status: See below

Duration: Whole programme 1:05:13

Shown in: Sweden

Additional information

Melodifestival 1975 was the selection for the 16th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest.   The host was Karin Falck.

The running order of the show:

  1. Landslaget - Den gamla jukeboxen
  2. Nils-Åke Runeson - Oh, Juicy
  3. Ann-Christine Bärnsten - Ska vi plocka körsbär i min trädgård?
  4. Hadar & Glenmarks - Lady Antoinette
  5. Lasse Berghagen - Jennie, Jennie (winning song)
  6. Ted Gärdestad - Rockin' 'n' Reeling
  7. Svenne & Lotta - Bang en boomerang
  8. Björn Skifs - Michelangelo
  9. Göran Fristorp - Som min vän
  10. Gimmicks - Sången lär ha vingar

All four ABBA members can be seen (very, very briefly!) on the back row of the audience during Björn Skif's performance of Michelangelo. Their outline is unmistakable. Benny and Frida were sitting in the row behind Agnetha and Björn (who was wearing a distinctive scarf that hung down his front his front. You can see him more clearly during Lasse Berghagen's performance of  his winning song.

Frida and Björn can be seen on the right-hand of the screen here during Ann-Christine Bärnsten's performance.

Benny, Björn and Stig were there as song-writers of Bang en Boomerang performed by Svenne and Lotta.

The song was originally written for them by Benny & Björn and then re-recorded by ABBA after Svenne & Lotta finished 3rd in Melodifestival (they appeared with the Swedish version Bang en Boomerang but have also recorded the song in English).

The filming date was confirmed by Görel's diary from 1975 as seen in the leaflet supplied in ABBA - The Backstage Stories by Carl Magnus Palm and Ingmarie Halling.

This clip as been officially released on the Melodifestivalen - The Favorites DVD (Melodifestivalen 50 År - Vinnarna & Favoriter) The programme is available via the SVT Open Archive (although unfortnately not viewable in the UK or maybe even outside Sweden)

  1. Karin Glenmark who provided backing vocals for Hadar & Glenmarks
  2. Anders Glenmark playing guitar for Hadar & Glenmarks
  3. Benny backstage with Lasse Berghagen when the points come in

Archive data from Swedish Media Database site:
Melodifestival 1975. Svensk final.
1975-02-15
Utgivning
År/datum 1975-02-15
Exemplar
T82-0088
Antal enheter 1
Ljud Mono
Färg Färg
Arkivnummer T82-0088
DVCPRO T02-0269
Antal enheter 1
Teknisk anm. 01 17 25
Ljud Mono, färg
Arkivnummer T02-0269
MPEG-1 ZS_T02-0269
Filbeskrivning 1,5 Mbit/s, MPEG-1 layer 2, 48 kHz, 128 kbit/s
Arkivnummer ZS_T02-0269

Thanks to eagle-eyed YJ, Chris Williams, Kenneth Flodin, Julian K, Uwe Meyer and Jozsef
YouTube links c/o Ulrik D. F. Wiksaas

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