ABBA's Benny Andersson remembers the song that sparked his love for piano

Once a part of the Swedish pop group ABBA, Benny Andersson has never stopped making music. His latest album Piano is a collection of his past work, stripped down so all you really hear is his beloved instrument.
Swedish pop group Abba, wearing kimonos, 1976. Left to right: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Frida Lyngstad and Benny Andersson. (Photo by RB/Redferns/Getty Images) (RB/Redferns/Getty Images)

You may know Benny Andersson as a member of pop music royalty. Once a part of the Swedish pop group ABBA, Andersson has gone from belting out "Dancing Queen" to writing and recording rock, orchestral and fiddle albums. ABBA broke up back in the '80s, but Andersson never stopped making music.

His latest album, Piano, is a collection of his past work, stripped down so all you hear is his beloved piano. It was hearing an Elvis Presley song that sparked his passion for the piano when he was young.

Today, Andersson joins Tom Power to talk about why it's important for him to keep creating and what it's like to reunite with ABBA after so many years.

Below are all the songs featured in our conversation with Andersson.

ABBA, 'Thank You For The Music'

Benny Andersson, 'Thank You For The Music'

Chess, 'Embassy Lament'


Elvis Presley, 'Treat Me Nice'

ABBA, 'Waterloo (Eurovision 74)'

ABBA, 'Dancing Queen'

Produced by Ben Jamieson


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