Portrait of Lena Andersson in forest.

Lena Andersson

Lena Andersson was no more than 15 years old when she was discovered by Polar owner Stig Anderson, who heard her singing on the radio. In the spring of 1971, Lena’s first single, Är det konstigt att man längtar bort nån gång (a Swedish version of Buffy Saint-Marie’s I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again)…

The single was followed by her equally successful debut album, and over the next few years she notched up a string of hits. These included Säg det med en sång (released in English as Better To Have Loved), penned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with lyrics by Stig Anderson, and a Swedish cover of ABBA’s Hasta Mañana. During her tenure with the label, Lena was one of the brightest shining stars at Polar.

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