Filmed: Filmed 21-23 September 1975
Location: Nazionale dal Palazzo del cinema al Lido di Venezia (Venice), Italy
Broadcast: Saturday, 27 September 1975, Nazionale (RAI), Italy at 20:40-22:30 and again mid-1980's on RAI3
Release status: This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD
Duration: 1 hour, 50 mins; ABBA approx. 7 mins
Shown in: Italy
XI Mostra Internazionale di Musica Leggera = XI International Pop Music Exhibition
This was the only Italian TV appearance by ABBA as a group.
This programme was hosted by Daniele Piombi and Aba Cercato and directed by Gianni Ravera and Regia di Giancarlo Nicotra. It appeared to be some sort of competition with the favourites being Iva Zanicchi, Ornella Vanoni and Mia Martini.
ABBA performed Mamma Mia and SOS. There are very few pictures of the performance. One is on the Italian (DigIt) cover of the SOS/Mamma Mia single.
Information in a television listings magazine does not indicate that ABBA were guests but there is lots of lovely information all in Italian. Here's a basic translation c/o "justforme" (thank you!): "Tonight was awarded the Golden Gondola '75 in recognition for the interpreter of the song that has had the greatest success among those proposed in the previous edition "Venice International Exhibition of her pop music" that takes place every year at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido . The scope Trophy candidates this year are three (Iva Zanicchi, Ornella Vanoni and Mia Martini), but the favourite seems Iva Zanicchi with the song I Stubborn Brazilian Roberto Carlos translated into Italian by Cristiano Larngioglio who made himself a name as lyricist with L ' important to finish Canata from Mina. The eleventh edition of the show that is broadcast live this evening by Daniele Piombi and Aba Cercato along with twenty Italian singers and foreigners who will be accompanied by a large orchestra. The characteristics of the event and to bring new pleas for viewers and for Guindi to the repertoire of the autumn-winter. The cast includes: Americans Bob James, Yvonne Fair, John Kincade, Van McCoy, Melanie and the group Shirley & Company; the British Carl Douglas and Peter Wingfield, this complex French, "Il etait une fois"; Italians Peppino Di Capri, Sandro Giacobbe, Enrico Intra, Marcella Chezzi Wess-Dori, Mino Reitano, the Viennese Iva Zanicchi and the native English Mal after the exploits talk to love Mary will launch not blush, fifteen years ago a song written by Giorgio Gaber. Transmission tonight to also participate, to compete for the Silver Gondola, the two leaders is the New Voices contest Castrocaro."
The appearance was re-broadcasted in the mid 1980's in a revival show hosted by Red Ronnie.
List of guests:
* a promotional single was released of these songs
Click here for a newspaper article (which does not mention ABBA) from l’Unità - 28 Sepember 1975, p.9
Click here for a TV listing
Thanks to Rianne Schaffers, Greg Hartney, Harry Ehler, Jozsef, Philip Muytjens, Ian Cole, "justforme", Carl Magnus Palm, Fiorenzo Testa (and friend Simone) and Dario. Also thanks to the person who created the ABBA in Italia CD available from Pop Import where I found the identification. Extra thanks to abbasite4ever forum (no longer online).