I regret to have to inform you that the June 9, 2015, died the great composer James Last. We express our condolences.

James Last & Erlend Krauser — Fernando (video)

Live performance Fernando by James Last and his band featuring the legendary Erlend Krauser on guitar. Fernando — it is really beautiful, wonderful song.

Björn Ulvaeus«Fernando» was not originally an ABBA song but was written for Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It was featured on her number 1 Swedish solo album Frida ensam (1975). The song was written by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Stig Anderson and carried the working title of «Tango». Preparations for recording began in August 1975. Originally named «Hernandez», the writers made last-minute changes to the title before recording. The suggestion of the name «Fernando» was given by their limousine driver Peter Forbes in Shepperton, England. Tony Fernando, a wealthy exports director for celebrities such as Princess Anne and Tom Selleck, was a friend of Peter Forbes. Forbes suggested the name «Fernando» might fit better than the original, the title «Fernando» was loved by all and became an instant hit.

Tony Fernando, a wealthy exports director for celebrities such as Princess Anne and Tom Selleck, was a friend of Peter Forbes. Forbes suggested the name «Fernando» might fit better than the original, the title «Fernando».


Maybe one day people will recognize Erlend Krauser is one of the best guitarists worldwide!


Abba — Fernando (lyrics)

Can you hear the drums Fernando?
I remember long ago another starry night like this
In the firelight Fernando
You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar
I could hear the distant drums
And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

They were closer now Fernando
Every hour every minute seemed to last eternally
I was so afraid Fernando
We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die
And I’m not ashamed to say
The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There’s no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando

Now we’re old and grey Fernando
And since many years I haven’t seen a rifle in your hand
Can you hear the drums Fernando?
Do you still recall the frightful night we crossed the Rio Grande?
I can see it in your eyes
How proud you were to fight for freedom in this land

(Repeat x2)
There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There’s no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando

Yes, if I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando…