DANNY, at the age of 78, is one of 7 candidates in the 2021 Finnish Eurovision selection. For 15 days, we will focus on songs covered by Danny. The 3rd song we are featuring is a cover of a Eurovision winner. It is the 1976 entry of the United Kingdom SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME by Brotherhood of man. Danny calls his Finnish cover SAASTA SUUKKOSI VAIN.
The first week in our 20 week project of covers of Eurovision winners focused on the 1976 Eurovision winner from the United Kingdom – SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME of BROTHERHOOD OF MAN.
The 5 covers are
01 – TAVS SKUPSTS – ANDREIJS LIHTENBERGS (Latvian cover)
02 – POTSELUY DLYA LYABIMOY – KRASNYE MAKI (Russian cover)
03 – HOU JOU SOENTJIES VIR MY – TAMELETJIE (featuring ROY BULKIN) (Afrikaans cover)
04 – KUSSE VON DIR – REX GILDO (German cover)
05 – KUR TU ESI – ZILVINAS ZVAGULIS (Lithuanian cover)
We kick off the 20 week long project where we will look at 5 covers each of 20 classic Eurovision winners over the 64 years since Eurovision started in 1956.
Week one focus on the 1976 winner from the United Kingdom SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME of BROTHERHOOD OF MAN.
The first of 5 covers for the week is one in LATVIAN
TAVS SKUPSTS by ANDREIJS LIHTENBERGS
ESC Covers had been informed about a book which will soon be available. The book is called NO MORE KISSES FOR ME and the author is Gayle Hiller, the daughter of the composer Tony Hiller, who died last year. Tony, together with the two male members of Brotherhood of man, wrote the song SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME. This song was the Eurovision entry of the United Kingdom in 1976 and won. It also became one of the biggest selling singles ever, reaching the charts in over 40 countries. From what we have received, the book tells the sad story of a very successful composer but someone who left his wife and children for another life and there was no more kisses for his family. There are always two sides to a story and it is not up to ESC Covers to make a judgement but as the book is about someone who had a great influence on the Eurovision song contest, we felt it was important to give some exposure to the book. Hopefully Gayle also got some kind of closure on a horrible time in her life by writing the book and putting everything in words, This is usually a big step in the healing process. The story is also of importance to ESC Covers as of Monday when we start our 20 week project about 20 Eurovision winners and covers of those winners, we actually start off with SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME. We have more than 20 covers of this song, but only 5 will be highlighted in the 5 weekdays next week.
Eden from Israel has just covered the 1976 Eurovision winner from the United Kingdom SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME, originally sung by Brotherhood of man in English as part of a project they are doing to celebrate Eurovision.
Eleonore Ost covered the 1976 Eurovision winner from the United Kingdom in Swedish as EN KYSS EKKER TVA.
Robert, Bessy, Takis & Rena teamed up to cover the 1976 Eurovision winner from the United Kingdom in Greek as PES YA CHARA.
Stein Ingebrigtsen covered the 1976 Eurovision winner from the United Kingdom SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME in English.
De Strangers covered the 1976 Eurovision winner from the United Kingdom in Flemish as NAA MOETTE TRAAWE.