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ABBA's "Dancing Queen" Goes to #1 in the U.S. (April 3, 1977)

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Three years after their first hit single, Waterloo, ABBA had their one and only #1 hit in the U.S. - Dancing Queen.  Although it stayed on top for just one week - Thelma Houston's Don't Leave Me This Way was breathing down its neck - it became a beloved classic.  Despite their wild popularity worldwide, here in the U.S. ABBA managed to have just four top-10 hits.  (They had ten other singles that peaked between #12-#32.)  It was a similar fate met by other singers from foreign shores such as Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Boney M.  

 

Fireislandpines_pavilion A few years after Dancing Queen, ABBA had a string of dance-oriented tunes that became big hits in gay clubs: Voulez Vous; The Visitors; Lay All Your Love on Me; On and On and On and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).  A lasting memory of my first visit to Fire Island Pines, in July 1982, was dancing to The Visitors at the Pavilion.

 

Dancing_queen Even today, strolling along Fire Island Boulevard, you're certain to hear Dancing Queen coming from at least a few of the houses in the Pines (or in Cherry Grove).  At my house it was a tradition to play it whenever we celebrated a housemate's birthday after the cake was presented.  But while the song's lyrics are certainly appropriate for "the gays", I never thought the beat was fast enough to make it particularly danceable (at least for my taste). 

 

I planned to show a video of ABBA performing but, unfortunately, they're such wooden performers that instead I chose one of Kylie Minogue performing Dancing Queen at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

 

 

 

 

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