Olivia!

Filmed Monday 8 May 1978
Location The Columbia Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Broadcast Wednesday 17 May 1978 (ABC), USA
Saturday 11 November 1978, Sweden
Released This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD. However, it was released on Laserdisc in the USA in 1978.
Available via a bootleg DVD with Olivia!     NB. NTSC (and I've heard the quality of Musikladen is "OK" and the quality of Olivia! is "fair/bad")
Notes ABBA were special guests, along with Andy Gibb, on Olivia Newton-John's TV special.

This was during "ABBA Month" in the USA ABBA with magazine articles, full page adverts, the billboard on Sunset Boulevard, radio interviews and "Take A Chance On Me" storming up the charts.

As Olivia's guests, they were seen by over 30 million American viewers and were part of a hefty promotional push.  Click here for a promotional postcard and here for a TV listing page from a magazine.

The songs performed LIVE:-

'Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard' (with Olivia and Andy Gibb)
'If You Love Me' (backing Olivia)''
Dancing Queen'                         
'Fernando' (edit)
'I Just Wanna Be Your Everything' (backing Andy Gibb)
'Have You Never Been Mellow?' (you don't SEE ABBA on this clip)  
Please Mr Please (backing Olivia)                                                
'Take A Chance On Me' LIVE                                                         
'Shadow Dancing' (dancing along to Andy Gibb (not singing)) 
Hopelessly Devoted To You (Olivia)          
If You Love Me (all together)                                                

You also see ABBA singing Money Money Money (not LIVE) behind a large glass box where dollar bills are flying down from the top as part of a board game 'skit'.

The 'jamming' session with Olivia and Andy Gibb included the following:-
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Anne
Opera bit ("Una voce poco fa" from "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" (The Barber of Seville by Rossini) - Frida
Holiday - Andy Gibb
Jailhouse Rock
What'll I Do - Olivia

Thank You For The Music (with Olivia and Andy Gibb) as the credits rolled

Throughout the show are some annoying kids playing out scenes on a school stage pretending to be Olivia, ABBA and Andy Gibb.

Benny on 'Olivia'

  
 

UPDATE: September 2011
An incredible piece of footage has emerged with extra footage not broadcast, but most fantastically in true stereo - listen to the live performances AS THEY WERE, not post-production

 

Duration about 40 minutes
Watch Out For

Björn losing his balance right at the beginning "in the schoolyard"
Benny giving it everything at the beginning of Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing

Transcript  
Lyrics Click on song title for lyrics: Una voce poco fa (includes translation);
Pictures Click on thumbnail for a larger view:

 

And the new bit not previously aired at the end of 'Thank You For The Music':

Related Links  
Credits Extra information from Intermezzo Magazine No.34. Thanks to Ian Cole, Petr Mlejnek, Henk, Jozsef and Jun Seo. Extra thanks to Robert Verbeek, Richard Knight, Jason Swan, Mike Scurr, Luke Rogers, Pepe and Grant Whittingham c/o ABBAMAIL
YouTube clips c/o
Thanks to for the new footage