Benny Andersson

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Birth Name: Benny Andersson
Born: 12/16/1946
Birth Place: Stockholm, Stockholms l

Born Göran Bror Benny Andersson on Dec. 16, 1946 in Väillingby, a suburban district of Stockholm, Sweden, he was the elder of two children by construction engineer Gösta Andersson and his wife, Laila. Both his father and grandfather played accordion, and Andersson followed suit at the age of six while also teaching himself to play piano. His initial musical education was a combination of Swedish folk and traditional songs and pop material by Elvis Presley and Italian singer Caterina Valente. Andersson began applying these influences to a variety of bands in the early 1960s, beginning with Elverkets Spelmanslag (The Eletricity Board Folk Music Group), which, despite its moniker, played pop... Continue Bio >>

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