He Is Your Brother
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|"He Is Your Brother"|
One of early Swedish releases
|Single by ABBA (known at the time as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid')|
|from the album Ring Ring|
|Released||November 1, 1972|
|Recorded||October 17, 1972
at Europa Film Studios
|ABBA (known at the time as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid') singles chronology|
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. 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.
- a. "He Is Your Brother" - 3:18
- b. "Santa Rosa" - 3:01
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 1977 tour of Europe and Australia. It was performed by artists (along with ABBA), during the Music for UNICEF Concert in January 1979.
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.
In popular culture
- ABBA performed the song live in the film ABBA: The Movie (1977).
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)".
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 that 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.
- "Björn And Benny, Agnetha And Anni-Frid - He Is Your Brother / Santa Rosa - Polar - Sweden - POS 1168". 45cat. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Björn & Benny with Anna & Frieda* - He Is Your Brother (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.