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ABBA member says he is no 'Dancing Queen'

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Legendary Swedish disco group ABBA may be one of the world's most successful bands but one of the quartet's members, Benny Andersson, says he has never danced to its bouncy tunes.

"Everytime we had a new song we used to take it and run down to one of the discos in Stockholm and play it at night to see if the mix was good or if we should go back and work on it," he said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on Spanish radio Cadena Ser.

"So we heard our music a lot in discos but that's about it, I never dance, I'm sorry," he added when asked how he reacted when he hears the group's hits such as "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia".

Andersson, 61, co-wrote the lyrics to "Dancing Queen" along with fellow ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus.

The song, which features a lead vocal performance by the band's two female members, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was released as a single in 1976 and went on to become ABBA's biggest hit.

Despite having broken up a quarter of a century ago, ABBA still sell between two and three million albums a year. To date they have sold over 360 million albums, with only Elvis and the Beatles selling more.

Andersson is currently co-producing a film version of the "Mamma Mia!" musical, featuring many of their hits, which has been seen by 27 million people around the world since its premiere in London in 1999.

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