Friday, 20 May 2011

When Abba were Knowing Me, Knowing You!

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"Knowing Me, Knowing You" was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and released in February 1977, becoming one of the group's most successful singles. The B Side was "Happy Hawaii", an arrangement of another ABBA song, "Why Did It Have to Be Me?", but with a different lead vocalist and lyrics. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was one of the first ABBA songs to deal with the break-up of a relationship, though with an upbeat quality to the music. It predates the divorces of the ABBA members, as well as further break-up songs to come: "The Winner Takes It All", "One of Us" and "When All Is said and Done". Group member Benny Andersson named "Knowing Me, Knowing You" as one of ABBA's best recordings in a 2004 interview, along with "Dancing Queen", "The Winner Takes It All" and "When I Kissed The Teacher". Conociéndome, Conociéndote is the Spanish language version of the song. It was included in the compilation Oro: Grandes Exitos released in 1993.

"Knowing Me, Knowing You" was another single from the successful "Arrival" album. It hit number one in West Germany, Great Britain, and Ireland, while reaching the top three in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It was also a top ten hit in Australia, France, New Zealand, and Norway. In the United States, it became ABBA's sixth top twenty single, peaking at number 14.

In Britain, "Knowing Me, Knowing You" began a second run of three consecutive chart-topping singles for ABBA (followed by "The Name of the Game" and "Take A Chance on Me"), the group having already had three consecutive number ones in 1976. It was ABBA's sixth consecutive number one single in Germany.

"Knowing Me, Knowing You"
Single by Abba
from the album Arrival
B-Side"Happy Hawaii"
Released14 February 1977
Format7" single
Recorded23 March 1976 at Metronome Studio
LabelPolar Music
Writer (s)Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson,Bjorn Ulvaeus
ProducerBenny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
CertificationGold (UK)
ABBA singles chronology
"That's Me"
"Knowing Me, Knowing You"
"King Kong Song"

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