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    ABBA - Take a Chance on Me

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    The song "Take a Chance on Me" was recorded in 1977 by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It can be found on their album "The Album." It was also a hugely-selling single, and features on many of their Greatest Hits collections.

    "Take a Chance on Me"'s working title was "Billy Boy." Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and recorded in 1977, it was sung by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Fältskog had the solo passages. It was one of ABBA's first singles in which their manager Stig Anderson did not lend a hand in writing the lyrics, firmly establishing Andersson and Ulvaeus as a songwriting partnership to be reckoned with. The song's origins sprang from Ulvaeus, whose hobby was running. He would run, singing a "tck-a-ch"-style rhythm to himself over and over again, which then evolved into "Take a Chance on Me", around which he wrote the rest of the lyrics. The song's B-side was "I'm a Marionette", which, like "Thank You for the Music" and "I Wonder (Departure)" (the B-side to their previous hit, "The Name of the Game") was intended to be part of a mini-musical that Andersson and Ulvaeus had planned, but ultimately shelved.