John Cleese and ABBA
Björn and Benny already
had met John Cleese on Barbados in January 1980 and had dinner with him.
According Carl Magnus Palm's book the 'Complete Recording Sessions', Björn
and Benny had a vague idea for a musical set on a New Year's Eve.
"A few people in a room, looking back on what has been, thinking about
the future, that sort of thing", remembers Benny. They wanted John
to write the story for it, but Cleese wasn't too keen about it
A quote from the book
'Cleese Encounters' (Dutch translation) about ABBA and this idea: