He Is Your Brother

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"He Is Your Brother"
Single by ABBA (known at the time as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid')
from the album Ring Ring
B-side Santa Rosa
Released November 1, 1972
Format 7" single
Recorded October 17, 1972
at Europa Film Studios
Genre Pop
Length 3:18
Label Polar
Writer(s) Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s) Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA (known at the time as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid') singles chronology
"People Need Love"
(1972)
"He Is Your Brother"
(1972)
"Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)"
(1973)
Music sample

"He Is Your Brother" is a song recorded in 1972 by Swedish pop group ABBA, at the time known as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid'.

The song continued on the lyrical theme from "People Need Love" about reaching out to your fellow man. It was issued as a single in Scandinavia, and was taken from the group's debut album Ring Ring, which was released in 1973 in Scandinavia and a few European countries, excluding the United Kingdom. The catalogue number for Scandinavian releases on the Polar label is: POS 1168.[1] The catalogue number [in New Zealand?] is: FAY 1054, the previous issue on this label being People Need Love. The catalogue number in the United States is P 50037 on Playboy Records label.

Tracklisting[edit]

  1. a. "He Is Your Brother" - 3:18
  2. b. "Santa Rosa" - 3:01

History[edit]

The song was written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. All four ABBA members share lead-vocals on this recording.

The song was one of the early favourites among the group's members, and was the only song from the group's first album which was performed during the group's tour of Europe and Australia in 1977. It was performed by artists (along with ABBA), during the Music for UNICEF Concert in January 1979.

Reception[edit]

Due to its limited release, and the fact that ABBA had not achieved a great following outside of their native Sweden at the time, the song only charted in Scandinavian countries. In Sweden, it did not reach the Swedish sales chart but was a big radio hit reaching #1 on the Tio i topp singles chart. The single was also released in New Zealand on the local Family Label. "He is Your Brother" was released as a single in the United States in 1973 on the Playboy label, catalogue number Playboy Records – P 50037, with "I Saw It In The Mirror" on the B-side.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by ABBA tribute pop group Arrival on their 1999 album First Flight.

Svenne & Lotta, Swedish duo with connections to ABBA, recorded the song as a b-side to their cover of ABBA's "Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)".

Santa Rosa[edit]

The B-side of the single, "Santa Rosa" had the working title "Grandpa's Banjo" and was originally recorded in 1972 with the intention of releasing it as single in Japan. It was considered a "Bjorn And Benny" track. The writers have explained their dislike of the song, saying at the lyrics were clumsy due to the fact they only put the name "Santa Rosa" in because it fit the song, even though they actually came from Stockholm.

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