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From ABBA to Pink Floyd to AC/DC – Musical Influences

May 16, 2024

It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and I encourage you to visit their blogs and check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Musical Influences. . This month’s prompt was suggested by Suzy Turner.

Tell Us About…. Musical Influences

Since a child I’ve always enjoyed a wide range of music. Taking ballet, tap, jazz and highland dancing lessons and then becoming a Dance teacher meant exposure to not only classical ballet music scores but also the music from the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers era as well as the latest pop songs. I can also get teary listening to Scottish Pipe Band the pipes and drums are always so stirring and my goal is to attend an Edinburgh Tattoo one day.

I loved that time of my life as a dance teacher. The students would come to me with their favourite pop songs to be choregraphed from Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ to Donna Summers Disco hits to ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA which was the curtain call at each recital.

My first record was Cat Stevens’ (before he was Yusuf Islam) ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ and then I added to my collection with ‘Tapestry’ by Carole King, Carly Simon’s ‘No Secrets’ album. There was Bob Seger, The Bee Gees, AC/DC and many more. My record collection was pretty extensive looking back over the years.

What Sunday night would be complete without watching Countdown presented by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum during the 70s. Many local and international bands and singers were introduced into Australian households. From the likes of Madonna to Cyndi Lauper from Duran Duran to The Cars it was a show not to be missed. Australian acts such as Sherbet, Skyhooks, John Farnham, Oliva Newton John and even Kylie made their name through the show. It was a very special time in the Australian music industry and many teenagers were introduced to their music watching Countdown.

50 years of ABBA

2024 is the 50th anniversary of ABBA winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with ‘Waterloo’. Who doesn’t love ABBA? I still remember all the words to their songs and the dance moves and I remember having a green velvet jumpsuit similar to what Agnetha wore. I had the perm too! Take a moment to watch their performance, then listen to Mamma Mia and tell me you don’t feel like getting up and dancing! You can’t help feeling good when you listen to ABBA.

On a trip to Sweden, I dragged Mike along to the ABBA museum. Mike was happy to see that apart from ABBA there were other displays and one which included his favourite band Pink Floyd.

At the Museum I actually ‘sang’ with ABBA there. You went on to a stage and they had holograms of ABBA whilst you sang. I chose Mama Mia of course and my poor husband was probably very embarrassed but did video it all for me.

Let’s just say I didn’t have Managers falling over themselves to sign me up as the 5th member LOL 🙂

Being a Groupie with Mike

Mike was introduced to the music of Pink Floyd whilst stationed in Vietnam during the war in the late 60s/early 70s. I hadn’t really followed them much until he and I were together but yes I’m a fan too.

After the Roger Waters, split from the band, Mike continued to follow both and we saw Roger in concert in Australia several times. His concerts can be political but the music and performance is fantastic. So much so, that we saw The Wall twice in Brisbane, once in Adelaide and then Berlin and Dusseldorf, Germany. We were doing a Baltic cruise and I noticed that Roger was touring at the time. So what did we do? Of course we bought tickets to two of his concerts. I remember being on the train from Berlin to Dusseldorf and two young guys sitting behind us were discussing how they were going to every performance in the European Tour. I thought Mike and I were groupies but these guys certainly were.

It was quite poignant watching The Wall in Berlin which is the site of the famous Berlin Wall dividing Berlin during WWII.

There are so many artists and songs that I’ve enjoyed over the years so I would like to leave you with ABBA’s song which says it so beautifully:

Until next time….

Sue Loncaric

Future Prompts and Dates for the Diary

April 17/18 – Your Personal Style
May 15/16 – Musical Influences
June 19/20 – Beauty
July 17/18 – Blogging
August 14/15 – Holidays/Vacations
September 18/19 – Favourite Things
October 16/17 – Schooldays
November 20/21 – Confidence
December 18/19 – My Year in Review

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Tell Us About….Contributors


Gail from Is This Mutton Gail from Is This Mutton was transfixed one day in 1971 by the star who became her icon. Since then there have been other dalliances,  and she has even switched to a different type of music.  But she still remains true to the Prettiest Star. Link: https://www.isthismutton.com

Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) – Debbie goes back in time to her teenage self, rediscovers some favourites from watching Countdown on TV and realises she was very naive when it comes to song lyrics! www.debs-world.com

Suzy from Suzy Turner  (Brit living in Portugal) – Suzy’s Musical Influences have ranged from pop to rock, shaping her journey through diverse genres. From Madonna’s catchy tunes to the soulful rhythms of Motown, music has been a constant companion, inspiring her creativity and enriching her life. www.suzyturner.com

Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle  – Marsha grew up when AM radio reigned supreme.  Elvis would be crooning in the background along with Tom Jones and even a little Frank Sinatra.  As music changed from the crooners to rock to heavy metal to hip hop, Marsha’s tastes changed, too.  Or, did they?  You’ll have to read her post to discover the answer! My blog is https://marshainthemiddle.com/

Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper – Penny recalls how pop music was very much part of her life as a teenager and tells us about her musical influences, which were mostly on television. But she reveals that music now does not really feature in her life.” Find her post at https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk/

Australian blogger Jill from Grownup Glamour – Jill found this an interesting one as I am not sure I actually have any Musical Influences. Jill simply looks at music she has enjoyed. Find her post at Grownupglamour (grown-upglamour.com)

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14 Comments

  • Reply Bernie May 16, 2024 at 11:44

    Hm…my influences were muchly different. Country and western on the radio when we did dishes. I do recall my sister having a Beatles record. I never ever really got into music much and still prefer silence over it. I am still though a country and western fan.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2024 at 16:31

      Hi Bernie, I’m loving hearing what stories others have in relation to music and it’s influences in their lives. My brother had a Beatles record and I remember them coming to Australia when I was about 7. The country went crazy for them. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 16, 2024 at 14:25

    Thanks for the post and videos, Sue. I played the clips and they definitely made me feel like dancing! <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2024 at 16:31

      I hope they made you feel a little brigher. xx

  • Reply Debbie May 16, 2024 at 15:01

    This was so fun Sue, we have very similar tastes and I forgot so many I could have mentioned – Bob Seger, Pink Floyd, Madonna…. such great memories. I loved that you sang with ABBA :). A fun prompt and where we would we be without Countdown!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2024 at 16:32

      I know, Deb. I was thinking after I had written the post that it I just could not have listed them all in one post. So much great music in our lives. Something certainly to be grateful for. x

  • Reply grownupglamour1 May 16, 2024 at 17:11

    It was a fun post to look back at the part music has in our lives. I find I appreciate the talent of many artists more now than I may have done , ABBA is a case in point .
    I am still not convinced I had any particular musical influences but enjoyed many musical genres.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2024 at 16:45

      Hi Jill, it was a fun post. I think it is good to enjoy all musical genres. I’m not sure I’m necessarily influenced by them. I just enjoy listening. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton May 17, 2024 at 03:10

    Brilliant post Sue. I think ABBA have been re-evaluated, they were always popular but now critics recognise how complex their songs actually were, and how they ignite something in our soul. Debbie mentioned that Countdown was similar to our “Top of the Pops.” Millions used to watch it. I was a big fan of several Australian groups: Icehouse, Men At Work and Sherbet.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2024 at 16:46

      I agree Gail, there were a lot of ABBA fans who didn’t want to admit they were. Oh yes Top of the Pops I think they may have screened that here in Australia but of course, Sunday night with Countdown was a must. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 17, 2024 at 07:13

    Controversially, I didn’t like Abba – not back then and not now (except Rock Me). I was a Sherbet girl. (However, having recently listened to Sherbet, the songs have not aged as well) As a result, I always had to be Frieda if 2 of us were playing or Bjorn if three of us were playing “because you don’t even like them”. Soap has just done a version of SOS which is quite good tho….they’ve changed the pitch a bit as well as the rhythmn. I went to Countdown in the audience as a teen too, but it’s hey day was the 70’s. As you say, we were glued to that show, everything had to be arranged about being home in time to watch it….#TellUsAbout

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2024 at 16:47

      Oh yes Sherbet and Daryl Braithwaite. Australia had some pretty good bands in the 70s didn’t they? x

  • Reply marsha57 May 17, 2024 at 13:47

    Oh, another Pink Floyd fan! I was just gobsmacked when I listened to their albums. At first, I was a little confused at how long each song was and how they often just drifted into the next. But, oh, the music! I prefer David Gilmour, but I might go see Roger Waters. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has/had a large exhibit dedicated to The Wall. Wasn’t this just the best prompt? I loved recalling all the musicians and bands from then and now. Music is so important, right?

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2024 at 16:55

      We like both David Gilmour and Roger Waters although I’ve only ever seen Roger in concert. Mike has been to Pink Floyd concerts and also to both David and Roger solo concerts. The Wall is such a fantastic show. It was a great prompt and how dull life would be without music x

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