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September 21, 2022

Amazing Photographs of Agnetha Faltskog From Her First Professional Photo Shoot in 1967

Agnetha Faltskog’s first photoshoot at age 17 at a photo studio in her hometown Jönköping, May 1967. At the end of 1967 the first Agnetha single was released in Sweden. It contained two songs recorded with Sven-Olof Walldoffs’ Orchester: “Jag var så kär” and “Följ med mig.” The single entered Svensktoppen chart on January 28th, 1968 at #3 and stayed there for 7 weeks. On Topplistan “Jag var så kär” peaked at #1.

Faltskog developed a career as one of Sweden’s most popular pop music artists, participating in a television special about Swedish composer Jules Sylvain in 1969. The same year, she released the single “Zigenarvän” (“Gypsy Friend”) about a young girl attending a Gypsy wedding and falling in love with the bride’s brother. Its release coincided with a heated debate about Gypsies in the Swedish media, and Faltskog was accused of deliberately trying to make money out of the situation by writing the song.

Faltskog’s success continued throughout the late 1960s. She met German songwriter/producer Dieter Zimmermann, to whom she became engaged. Her albums thus reached the German charts, and Zimmermann promised her she would achieve great success in Germany. However, when she went there and met with record producers, the venture was not productive; Faltskog refused to meet the demands of the producers, describing their chosen material as “horrible.” She soon ended her engagement to Zimmermann and returned to Sweden.













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