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  In 1947, Anni-Frid, her mother Synni, and her grandmother Agny Lyngstad were forced to move to Sweden because of fear of reprisals from the Norwegian population, who were angry at and vengeful towards those who had dealings with the Germans during the occupation, which resulted not just in insult, but also in forced separation of infants from their parents and relatives. Synni died before Anni-Frid was two, so she was brought up by her grandmother in the town of Torshälla, near Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Lyngstad believed that her father had died when his ship to Germany was sunk during the war. However, after the German teen magazine Bravo published her biography and a background story in 1977, she discovered that her father was alive and they were reunited that year.

At the age of 11 she made her stage debut at a Red Cross charity event. Two years later, she started working as an underage vocalist in a dance band, and performed with different bands for a decade. She met her first husband, Ragnar Fredriksson, in 1961. Together they had two children: Hans, born in 1963, and Lise-Lotte, born in 1967.

On September 3, 1967, Frida won a talent contest in Stockholm. Immediately after her victory she appeared on national television singing her winning song. Soon afterwards Frida signed to EMI records.  Frida didn’t have much commercial success as a recording artist up to the early Seventies, but she was a fairly well-known stage artist. In 1970 she was part of a cabaret show together with her fiancé, Benny Andersson, along with Björn Ulvaeus and his fiancée, Agnetha Fältskog.

From 1972 and for the next decade Frida was mainly occupied by her work with ABBA, although she released the Swedish-language solo album Frida ensam (”Frida Alone”) in 1975. During the ABBA years, Frida was also reunited with her father, Alfred Haase, with whom she got in touch through the German pop magazine Bravo.

In February 1982 Frida started recording her first English language solo album ’Something’s Going On’, produced by Phil Collins. This was followed by the 1984 album ’Shine’, produced by Steve Lillywhite. But then Frida withdrew from the public for a number of years.

In the early 1990s Frida devoted most of her time to environmental issues, but in 1996 she made a comeback with the Swedish language album ’Djupa andetag’ (”Deep Breaths”). This remains Frida’s latest solo album so far.

Today she leads a fairly low-key life, devoting herself to environmental issues and charity work. Recently, however, she has guested on records by other artists. In 2002 Frida duetted with Filippa Giordano on La Barcarolle, a recording only released in Japan. The following year she appeared on a CD single released by singer Dan Daniell for charity purposes. Frida’s most recent recording was her lead vocal performance of the song ‘The Sun Will Shine Again’, included on former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord’s album Beyond The Notes (released in 2004).

Source: www.abbasite.com