|Filmed||Wednesday 14 February 1979 (amended from 15th February)|
|Released||This clip has been released officially several times. Most recently, you can find it on ABBA - The Definitive Collection.|
|Notes||Filmed while making the "ABBA
in Switzerland" special. This PROMO wasn't directed by Lasse
Hallström or produced by Polar Music but they subsequently acquired it to
add to their catalogue. Apparently this clip was filmed 14th February 1979,
the same day they arrived in Switzerland. The film was then taken in a rush
to the BBC in England because they wanted to broadcast it as soon as
possible. This makes sense as they are wearing the
same clothes they wore
when stepping from the helicopter featured in "ABBA in Switzerland".
Another version (virtually identical) of this was broadcast as a world première on 17 February 1979 on channel TROS, on programme Tros Top-50 and this footage was used a few months later on the 1979 Dutch programme 5 Jaar ABBA which appears to have been filmed earlier in the day as the sky is much brighter and there's not as much wind for Frida's hair to battle with (also no strange man walking in the background). That version has not shown up anywhere else since and is not the archive but found lurking on a VCR tape.
I'm curious to know the background to this second version: was it a dress rehearsal perhaps? How did Tros Top-50 and then 5 Jaar ABBA get hold of it? 5 Jaar ABBA was obviously made around April 1979 by which time the Chiquitita PROMO would have been finalised. This must have been a first "take" as it is lighter and therefore earlier in the day
Question: we've seen Benny shivering at the beginning but one ABBA on TV regular remembers seeing a version of this on TV (in South Africa?) where where right at the end, Benny is so cold he jumps up and runs around to the others shaking his hands wildly from the cold. This was shown sometime between the late 80s and the mid 1990s - does anyone recall this too or where it was shown?
|Watch Out For||Benny shivering at
his keyboard in the first couple of seconds before the music starts
Frida trying to keep her hair under control in the cold wind in both versions, but particularly in the official PROMO version
About 15 seconds before the end of the PROMO, you see a man walking into shot in the distance on the right-hand side. He disappears behind the snowman.
|Lyrics||Click on song title for lyrics: Chiquitita|
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(5 Jaar ABBA contained the full length PROMO to SOS, a snippet of Honey Honey from Spotlight; full length PROMO to Mamma Mia; snippet of Money Money Money from ABBA DABBADOO; full length PROMO of Fernando; full length PROMO of Eagle; snippet of PROMO of Take A Chance; this version of Chiquitita; full length PROMO of Voulez Vous and snippets from ABBA - The Movie and their arrival at Amsterdam airport in 1976. Duration 28.47. Thanks to Jozsef.)