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"Rock Me"
Rock Me single cover.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album ABBA
ReleasedApril 1976
Recorded1974
GenreGlam rock
Length3:06
LabelPolar (Sweden)
Songwriter(s)Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson
Producer(s)Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson
ABBA singles chronology
"Mamma Mia"
(1975)
"Rock Me"
(1976)
"Fernando"
(1976)

"Rock Me" is a song recorded in 1974 by Swedish pop group ABBA, with Björn Ulvaeus singing the lead vocals. It was first released on their third album, ABBA, and was used as the B-side to the group's 1975 single "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do". However, after "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" hit number one in both Australia and New Zealand, "Rock Me" was released as an A-side in April 1976, reaching number four and number two respectively. It was also issued as an A-side in Yugoslavia and in 1979 it was included on the band's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 album.

ABBA performed the track on both their world tours, as seen in ABBA: The Movie (1977). The song was originally to be featured in the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!", to be sung on a boat, as the three fathers and a deleted character (Stanley) rocked the boat from side to side.[1]

History

"Rock Me", whose working title had been "Didn't I?", was first recorded as "Baby" (with different lyrics to the final version) on 18 October 1974 at Glen Studio. This "tongue in cheek" version, with vocals courtesy of Agnetha, was first released on CD on the 1994 box set Thank You for the Music as part of the "ABBA Undeleted" section.

Personnel

ABBA

Additional musicians

Charts

Cover versions

References

  1. ^ Andersson, Benny; Ulvaeus, Bjorn; and Craymer, Judy (2006), "Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You? - The Inside Story of Mamma Mia and the Songs of ABBA", Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, p.148
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "ABBA – Rock Me". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ AU. "Audioscam | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Profile.myspace.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2011-08-17.