Crying over a drum loop

Published November 21, 2016

The revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions will cover major creative decisions made by ABBA in the recording studio - but also minor details bordering on the trivial. Here's an example of the latter.

In 1978 Björn and Benny recorded a demo of a song entitled Crying Over You, using a drum loop, extracted from another recording, as their rhythm track. Essentially, it was an early example of sampling. Back in 1994, when Michael Tretow was putting together the ABBA Undeleted medley of outtakes, he included an excerpt from Crying Over You. I remember talking to him on the phone about this recording, and he said the drum loop "probably wasn't from an ABBA song" and that "maybe it was something by Svenne & Lotta". I thought it could be something from their most recent album at the time (1978), Bring It On Home.

Well, it only took me 22 years to get around to acquiring a copy of the album and see if there was any drumming on it that sounded like the Crying Over You drums. Bingo! The opening track on the album is a cover version of The Box Tops' The Letter, and it is from this track that the drum loop was put together.

Michael said at the time he had a hunch it was Roger Palm (of Dancing Queen drumming fame, among other ABBA recordings) who was the drummer here. He is indeed one of four featured drummers on the Svenne & Lotta album, but there is no track-by-track info to confirm who plays on The Letter.

Click here to listen to The Letter.

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ABBA pilfered a drum track from Svenne & Lotta's Bring It On Home album.