Especial Nochebuena '76 & La Hora de Lina Morgan

Filmed: early June 1976

Location: Estudios de Prado del Rey, Madrid, Spain

Broadcast: Friday 24 December 1976, 21:05-24:00, RTVE, Spain and see below for further info

Release status: This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD

Duration: 6 minutes

Shown in: Spain

Additional information

Especial Nochebuena 76 = Special Christmas Eve 76

This was ABBA's first visit to Spain since the 1974 incident on ¡Señoras y Señores!.  According to Record World, January 1977, in a summary of the year of 1976 in Spain: "JUNE Sweden's top group ABBA came to Spain for a TV performance, coinciding with the launching of their single, "Fernando," which afterward became one of the most popular records in Spain during the summer."

ABBA performed for RTVE two songs to playback:

  1. Waterloo
    performed in front of large posters of themselves and was one verse only (two choruses)
    first broadcast on 2 June 1976 on La Hora de Lina Morgan (The Lina Morgan hour)
    Click here for the full programme
    Given the broadcast date, I have changed the filming date to late May rather than the previous thought of "late November 76"

  2. Fernando
    performed on wicker chairs
    first broadcast on 24 December 1976, 21:05-24:00 on a programme called Especial Nochebuena 76 (Christmas Eve Special 76), a TV special featuring a wide selection of the main musical performances of the year.
    Click here for the full programme

This was the last outing for the blue satin suits, a year after their first appearance.

During Fernando, some familiar-looking wicker chairs were used - the same that was used for Elsa Baeza (performing Junto al mar) in ¡Señoras y Señores! and also an Aplauso episode on 31 December 1981.  This gives us a clue that ABBA did go to Spain, rather than record the two performances in Sweden as previously thought.

Until now, both songs were thought to have been broadcast on a programme called La Noche de Lina Morgan, airing on 31 December 1976. However, there is no programme of that name in in the TV guide of the time.  There was a programme named La Noche de Lina Morgan which was broadcast on TRVE in 1995-96 which repeated the clips.

A TV guide for ABC (Madrid) for the period 24 December 1976, p.94 ABC (Madrid) - 31 December 1976, on p.93 lists the TV programme Especial Nochebuena 76 at 21:05-24:00 (ie. not La Noche de lina Morgan).

A TV guide for ABC (Madrid) - 31 December 1976, p.93 also lists the programme Especial Nochevieja (again no La Noche de Lina Morgan).

The clips were re-broadcast on Canal Nostalgia around 2005, Spain.



Blue satin suits

Thanks to Philip Muytjens, Petr Mlejnek, Lendy, Steve Layton, Richard Knight, Sam Shervz, Philippe Dupont, Jozsef, Erik Liebstaedter, Carl Magnus Palm and Jan Bach.
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