Ola Brunkert had been a jazz drummer, also being a member of the blues band Slim’s Blues Gang, before joining pop group Science Poption in the mid-1960s.
Through working with guitarist Janne Schaffer in the jazz-pop group Opus III later in the decade, he started getting work as a session musician from 1970 onwards.
Ola’s first known ABBA-related session was also the group’s very first single, People Need Love. Together with bass player Rutger Gunnarsson, Ola is probably the only musician to appear on all ABBA albums – he was one of the most frequently used Swedish sessions musicians during the 1970s. Ola also toured with ABBA in 1977, 1979, and 1980. In the 21st Century he toured Sweden as part of The Original ABBA Orchestra In Concert, featuring ABBA’s original session and touring musicians.
Ola Brunkert died in 2008.