PROMOTIONAL TOUR 1976
Thursday 4 March - Arrive at Sydney Airport
Friday 5 March - Press conference & gold record presentation, radio/TV interviews: Sydney Hilton Hotel
Photo session at Sydney Opera House
Interview and ‘Fernando’ clip shown on A Current Affair
Saturday 6 March - Cruise on Hawkesbury River, barbecue lunch and boomerang throwing; visit to Koala Sanctuary at Bobbin Head.
Scenes filmed for the overseas version of the television special.
Sunday 7 March - Cruise on Sydney Harbour; visit to Taronga Park Zoo.
Scenes filmed for the overseas version of the television special
Monday 8 March - ‘Fernando’ single released
Travel to Melbourne
Rehearsal and appearance on The Don Lane Show - performed ‘Fernando’ and 'SOS'
Tuesday 9 March - Return to Sydney - Filming at Channel 9 Studios, Artarmon *
Wednesday 10 March/Thursday 11 March - Filming at Channel 9 Studios, Artarmon *
* filming on these days included work on the special, a performance of ‘Mamma Mia’ for Bandstand, an appearance on Celebrity Squares, and filming of a special performance of ‘Dancing Queen’ for later broadcast
Friday 12 March - Filming special at Channel 9 Studios, Artarmon with studio audience
Saturday 13 March - Depart Sydney
‘Mamma Mia’ performance shown on Bandstand in some capital cities
Sunday 14 March - Arrive in Sweden
Saturday 20 March - Special 'The Best Of ABBA' first broadcast in capital cities; ‘Mamma Mia’ performance shown on Bandstand in some regional centres
Saturday 27 March - Special 'The Best Of ABBA' first broadcast in regional centres
March - Appearance on Celebrity Squares broadcast
August - ‘Dancing Queen’ clip filmed in Sydney first shown on Bandstand
'The Best Of ABBA' is the highest rating show ever on Australian television to date. Newspapers reported that it had out-rated the moon landing of July 1969! It went on to be repeated many times, also to high ratings, and was followed by an edited half hour format.
In the special ABBA perform eight songs from The Best Of ABBA LP, which included all of their hits to date, plus both sides of the newest single, ‘Fernando’/‘Tropical Loveland’, which was released the first week that ABBA were in Australia.
Tropical Loveland - Scenery version for 'ABBA Down Under', studio version for Australia
I Do I Do I Do
Lucky Starr performs 2 songs - only in Australian version
Dancing Queen - Shown only in the 'ABBA Down Under' version as it had not been released in Australia yet