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Abba fetes 40 years since their hit Waterloo - near London's Waterloo station

Published on Apr 9, 2014 10:16 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Within strolling distance of the rail station bearing the name of their first international hit, Swedish band Abba celebrated 40 years of breathtaking success with a party at London's Tate Modern museum to mark their groundbreaking song Waterloo.

Two of the four members of the band that made spangled jumpsuits and big boots a trademark attended the bash at the trendy London museum on Monday night, marking four decades since the catchy tune won the Eurovision song contest in April 1974 and launched them into international stardom.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, who wrote many of the group's songs with Abba co-founder Benny Andersson, said he was stunned by the rise and rise of Abba even after it effectively disbanded in 1983.

The band not only lives on through its disco-friendly back catalogue, but also in the long-running hit show Mamma Mia, the film based on the musical, and in the latest offering, a new Abba: The Official Photo Book launched last month.

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