May 7, 1977: Eurovision – France win in London

The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was held in London. The presenter was Angela Rippon.

Marie_Myriam-1977The contest was won by Marie Myriam, representing France, with the song “L’oiseau et l’enfant” (The Bird and the Child). This was France’s fifth victory, a record at the time (since equalled by Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, and surpassed by Ireland and Sweden). It was also France’s second victory on English soil, as well as its most recent victory to date. [Wikipedia] The song reached No 42 in the UK Singles Chart.

Watch the performance on the شكري الغالي YouTube Channel.

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The United Kingdom entry was “Rock Bottom” performed by Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran. [Wikipedia]. The song reached No 19 in the UK Singles Chart.

Watch the performance on the EurovisionMovies YouTube Channel.

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April 30: Eurovision – Ireland hosts in 1988 and 1994

1988: Canada’s Celine Dion represented Switzerland in Dublin with “Ne Partez Sans Moi“, singing in French.  The UK came a close 2nd, by a mere point, with Scott Fitzgerald performing “Go“, which was written by Sir Bruce Forsyth‘s daughter, Julie.  Neither song entered the UK charts.

Watch Celine on the dbLnostalgia YouTube Channel, and Scott on the hemlighet YouTube Channel.

Harrington_&_McGattigan-19941994: Back again in Dublin (after County Cork the previous year), Ireland were victorious for a third in a row (following Linda Martin and Naimh Kavanagh) with Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan singing “Rock n Roll Kids“.

 

 

The UK were represented by Frances Ruffelle who came 10th with “Lonely Symphony“, Francis_Ruffelle-1994which went to No 25 in the charts.

Watch the winners on Paul Harrington’s YouTube Channel and the UK entry on the
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April 24, 1982: Eurovision – Germany win the Battle of Harrogate

Nicole-1982Germany were the victors on English soil at the Battle of Harrogate, in North
Yorkshire.  Nicole impressed Europe with “Ein Bisschen Frieden (A Little Peace)” and it shot to No 1 in the UK charts too.

Watch Nicole on the ooJustforFun74oo YouTube Channel.

 

The UK took 7th place with Bardo singing “One Step Further“.  It did, however, get to No 2Bardo-1982 in the charts.  Bardo was a duo that featured Sally Ann Triplett who had previously represented her country as part of Prima Donna, with comedian Kate Robbins and brother of Buck’s Fizz’s Jay Aston, Lance.  See them on the Maxim2291 YouTube Channel.

April 23, 1983 – Eurovision – The UK never gave up in Munich

Sweet Dreams represented the United Kingdom with “I’m Never Giving Up” and came a valiant 6th.  The trio included Carrie Gray, who would become TV vocal coach Carrie Grant after marrying Linx singer David Grant.  They achieved No 21 in the UK charts with the song.  Watch the performance on escLIVEmusic1 YouTube Channel.

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Corrine_Hermes-1983The winner in Munich that night was Corrine Hermes of Luxembourg with “Si La Vie Est Cadeu“.  See Corrine’s performance on her own Corinne Hermes Officiel YouTube Channel.

April 22, 1978: Eurovision – a bad old day for Co-Co

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest took place in Paris and was won by Israel’s Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta with “A Ba Ni Bi“.  The song licked the bottom of the UK Top 20.  Watch on the vedat veleli YouTube Channel.

 Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta-1978

Performing for the UK was Co-Co who came 11th with “Bad Old Days” but managed No 13 in the charts.  The group featured future Eurovision winner, with Buck’s Fizz, Cheryl Baker (far right).  No stranger to showing a bit of leg, then.  Watch the performance on the setheurovision94 YouTube Channel.

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April 19: Eurovision – Johnny Logan’s first win

Johnny_Logan-19801980: The luck of the Irish in the Netherlands continued, following the win by Dana in 1970, with Ireland’s Johnny Logan winning his first Eurovision at the Hague with “What’s Another Year” (he would win again in 1987 and composed the winning song in 1992).  The song went to No 1 in the UK Singles Chart.  Watch the performance on the senzate81 YouTube Channel.

The UK entry, “Love Enough For Two” performed by Prima Donna came 3rd but only reached No 48 in the charts. The group comprised sisters Kate Robbins (later a successful comedian, impressionist and actress) and Jane Robbins, Sally Ann Triplett, Danny Finn (ex-The New Seekers), Alan Coates and Lance Aston (brother of Jay Aston, who performed with Bucks Fizz, the following year’s contest winners). Watch the performance on the escbelgium2 YouTube Channel, with an introduction by Noel Edmonds.

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April 7: Eurovision – Cliff Richard tries again

1973: Luxembourg won in Luxembourg, represented by Anne-Marie David who performed “Tu Te Reconnaitras (Wonderful Dream)” [JoaoVelada YouTube Channel].  It peaked at No 13 in the UK Singles Chart.  After coming 2nd five years earlier, Cliff Richard came 3rd this time with “Power To All Our Friends” [JoaoVelada YouTube Channel].  It reached No 4 in the chart.

April 6: Eurovision – The UK beaten twice in their own back yard

1968: In London, England, Spain’s Massiel beat Cliff Richard and “Congratulations“[JoaoVelada YouTube Channel] into 2nd place with “La La La” [Victor Ovies YouTube Channel].

1974: In Brighton, England, Sweden’s ABBA win Eurovision with “Waterloo“[Mozpiano2 YouTube Channel].  Olivia Newton-John represented the UK with “Long Live Love“, [FAN YouTube Channel] which came 4th.  ABBA went to No 1 in UK Singles Chart, whereas Olivia only managed No 11.