Veteran Musician Rutger Gunnarsson, Who Played Bass For Abba, Has Died At The Age Of 69.
Gunnarsson, who performed on every album by the Waterloo hitmakers and also joined them onstage, passed away at his home in Sweden on Friday (08May15).
In a post on Facebook.com, Abba paid tribute to Gunnarsson, writing, "His unique way of playing his bass, his beautiful string arrangements and thorough work as a producer for countless Swedish and foreign artists and musicians have colored pop music from the early 70s up until today.
"Rutger got the most attention through his long and intimate cooperation with Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and ABBA, participating in all of their albums, numerous singles, tours, movies and musicals... Rutger's three children, Rickard, Mimmi and Joanna, all mourn their father along with a music world that suffers the loss of a great musician, colleague and a dear, dear friend. Keep plying your magic bass where ever you are Rutger. Rest in peace!"
Gunnarsson began his career playing in the Hootenanny Singers alongside future ABBA star Ulvaeus, and he went on to work with other famous acts including Sir Elton John, Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, and Adam Ant.