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Love generation was a German pop group, 2 guys and 3 girls and they took part in the German Eurovision selection in 1976 with the song THOMAS ALVA EDISON. The song ended 5th. 1976 was a controversial year when Tony Marshall won the selection with “Der Star” but was disquaified as it was performed prior to the final , in fact as early as 1972 by Israeli singer Nizza Thobi. The second placed song “Sing sang song” by Les Humphries singers composed by Ralph Siegel got the ticket. Personally this is Ralph’s worst song for me at Eurovision. Love generation had a big hit in South Africa with an English song “San Francisco 69”.
The Les Humphries Singers was a 1970s musical group formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969 by the English born Les Humphries (born John Lesley Humphreys, 10 August 1940, in Croydon, Surrey, England – died 26 December 2007, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England). The group consisted of a large number of singers of diverse ethnic origin, some of whom such as John Lawton also performed with other groups. Another member was Jürgen Drews, who later started a long-running solo career, starting with his 1976 hit in Germany, “Ein Bett im Kornfeld”, a cover version of “Let Your Love Flow” by The Bellamy Brothers. Linda Thompson (born 21 September 1948 as Linda Übelherr), who had previously been a member of the Cornely Singers and Love Generation, was a member from 1973 to 1974, and later joined Silver Convention, and had a solo career as Linda G. Thompson, sang as a duo with Jerry Rix, and later joined The Hornettes. Additional members included Liz Mitchell, later front woman with Boney M, and John Lawton, who also sang for the German progressive/hard rock band Lucifer’s Friend and would go on to be the front-man for Uriah Heep. In 1976 they represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest with the Ralph Siegel title “Sing Sang Song”, reduced to only six singers (their usual line-ups consisted of 20 performers and up), and came in 15th place, which they regarded as their beginning of the end as a band.
Wind is a German musical group that mostly plays schlager music. The band is still active, almost 30 years after its foundation. The group has participated three times in the Eurovision Song Contest for Germany. The first time was shortly after the formation of the band, in 1985. With the song “Für alle” (“For All”) they finished second, just behind the winning duo Bobbysocks from Norway. “Fur alle” was composed by Hanne Hallr (a previous wife of Bernd Meinunger and a solo singer in own right). In 1987 Wind returned to the contest, performing “Laß die Sonne in dein Herz” (“Let the Sun in Your Heart”) in Brussels, Belgium. This time they sang a song composed by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger. Once again they achieved a second place, this time behind Johnny Logan who represented Ireland. Wind entered Eurovision for a third time in 1992 in Malmö, Sweden, with the song “Träume sind für alle da” (“Dreams Are For Everyone”). Once again Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger wrote the song. This time they were not as successful, finishing 16th out of 23 participants. One of their singles from 1985 is HERZ AUS STEIN .
Pepe Lienhard (born Peter Rudolf Lienhard on the 23rd of March 1946 in Lenzburg) is a Swiss bandleader and musician. At university, he studied law, but broke off his studies in 1969 and founded a professional big band sextet, Pepe Lienhard Band, with which he released numerous albums. Their first success came with “Sheila Baby”. The group won sixth place at the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 with the song “Swiss Lady” which was composed by Peter Reber of Peter, Sue & Marc fame. The band accompanied Udo Jürgens on his tours after 1982. I love their song PICCOLO MAN which also was composed by Peter Reber.
Blue Danube was an Austrian band that has represented their country in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980. The group sung the song “Du bist Musik” (You are music), which told us about famous musicians and types of musics. The band was the first to participate and ended in 8th place with 64 points. The band members were Marty Brem, Wolfgang ‘Marc’ Berry, Sylvia Schramm, Rena Mauris and Wolfgang Weiss. Wikipedia wrote that “After the Eurovision Song Contest the group was never heard of again”. I am not sure if that is true, as I was able to find a single called HOLIDAY by them which even was released on Ralph Siegel’s Jupiter label.
The Herreys is a Swedish pop group, consisting of the three Mormon brothers: Per Herrey (born 9 August 1958), Richard Herrey (born 19 August 1964) and Louis Herrey (born 3 November 1966). They won the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 with the song “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”. ESC Covers and Eurovision South Africa covered the song in Afrikaans, keeping the same title and handed it to Richard in May 2016 as a gift in the Hard rock cafe in Stockholm. My favourite non Eurovision song by them is DIN TELEFON.
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Carriere had their career start in the legendary ZDF hit parade! With two victories of the ZDF hit parade in a row, the start to a great hit career for Carriere was paved. They released several successful albums, did countless tours and concerts and Carriere was also guests in more than 50 TV shows. The band was disbanded in 2000, but lead singer Martin Lackner and the former band members Reinhard Schlager and Christian Dullnig then formed Carriere Reunion. I like their song SHALALA, DU BIST WIEDER DA from 1994. That is the year Alfons Weindorf wrote the Eurovision entry for Petra Frey. He has composed this song with lyrics by veteran Eurovision writer Bernd Meinunger. Carriere always wore the most interesting and colourful shirts for the cover pictures.
Brotherhood of Man were formed by record producer/composer Tony Hiller in 1969, and originally featured his co-writer John Goodison with Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie. Greenaway was also a songwriter and had co-written songs such as Gene Pitney’s “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart” and went on to co-write “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” by The New Seekers and “Melting Pot” by Blue Mink. Burrows was a well-known session singer, performing in various line-ups on hit singles such as the No.1 hit “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” by Edison Lighthouse. The group came together in 1969 and began recording some songs with Hiller. Their first single “Love One Another” failed to chart, but the follow-up “United We Stand” (released in early 1970) was a worldwide hit. “United We Stand” was heavily played on British radio, and broke the American market. The single became a Top 20 hit in the UK, Canada, and US. The song has since been used as the closing theme for television’s Brady Bunch Hour and as an anthem for various causes. Burrows left the group soon after and as a four-piece, The Brotherhood of Man followed “United We Stand” with another hit, “Where Are You Going to My Love”. The song charted in the UK, Canada, and US and has since been covered by Olivia Newton-John and The Osmonds among others. Over the next two years, the group continued in varied line-ups. Goodison left the group at the beginning of 1971 and was replaced by American singer Hal Atkinson, Greenaway left soon after and was replaced by Russell Stone. They had one more minor hit in the US (1971’s “Reach Out Your Hand”), but experienced no further success in the UK and were eventually dropped by their record company. Keen to keep the established name alive, Hiller set about putting a new line up together. In 1972 he got together a trio of session singers, Martin Lee, Nicky Stevens and Lee Sheriden. Sheriden was already known to Hiller as a songwriter and had a solo career. Lee had a solo single to his name and was a budding songwriter. Stevens had been classically trained, but had since adapted her vocals and was performing as a cabaret singer. The trio began recording together, but their first single, “Rock Me Baby”, due to be released at the end of 1972, was cancelled due to the release of the song by David Cassidy. Finally their first two singles “Happy Ever After” and “Our World of Love” were released in 1973. Neither single charted and soon after, another female vocalist was added to the line up, Sandra Stevens. Stevens (no relation to Nicky) had been performing as a big-band singer since a teenager in the late 1960s. She had sung with the Joe Loss big band and alongside Eve Graham (of The New Seekers) in club group, The Nocturnes. Now signed to the Pye spin off label, Dawn, the quartet released their first single, “When Love Catches Up on You” in January 1974. It failed to chart, but the follow-up single, “Lady” became a hit in Europe. Encouraged by this, the group set about recording their debut album. The album Good Things Happening was released later in the year along with two more singles, but none of these found success. Before the record label folded, Brotherhood of Man released one more single in the Summer of 1975. This was the upbeat “Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby” and although failed to make an impression in the UK, became a big hit in Europe, reaching Number one in Belgium and Number two in the Netherlands as well as top 10 placings in other countries. Geoff St John covered it in South Africa and had a top 10 hit. Brotherhood of Man toured extensively in Europe, honing their stage act and harmonies, while Hiller, Sheriden and Lee worked on composing songs for their second album. Among them was a song Sheriden had largely written called “Save Your Kisses for Me”. In early 1976, Hiller was keen for Brotherhood of Man to make an impact in the UK and decided to put “Save Your Kisses for Me” forward to the A Song for Europe competition. This year saw a change to the Contest in that, since 1964, one specific artist had performed all the songs (e.g. Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Lulu, etc.), but 1976 saw the return to the format in which any artist was eligible to enter. “Save Your Kisses for Me” made it to the final twelve songs and on 25 February, Brotherhood of Man took the title, beating the second placed act, Co-Co by two points. Now signed to Pye Records, “Save Your Kisses for Me” was released as a single in March and hit the No.1 spot two weeks before the Contest final. On 3 April, the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest was staged in the Netherlands and Brotherhood of Man performed the song, dressed in red, white and black with simple choreography devised by Guy Lutman. “Save Your Kisses for Me” took the title with an overwhelming victory. The song became a major hit around the world and made No.1 in many countries and returned the group to the US Charts. The song eventually sold six million copies worldwide and is still the highest selling Eurovision winner ever. In the UK, it stayed at No.1 for six weeks and earned them a platinum disc. It ended up the top selling single of the year and is currently one of the top 100 selling songs ever in the UK. The group had already recorded a second album and had been released in several countries a year previously. Following their victory, Pye released the album with “Save Your Kisses for Me” added. Entitled Love and Kisses, the album was a success in the UK, reaching the top twenty, as well as other countries, gaining a Number six position in Norway for instance. Soon after this, a follow-up single was released. Eager to cash in on their success, Pye decided against releasing anything from the album, as the earlier material had been more soul-based than the pop they were now successful with. The group instead released “My Sweet Rosalie” – almost a carbon copy of the previous hit, although the lyrical twist was that it was about a dog, rather than a child. The song failed to chart highly, only reaching Number thirty in the UK, but fared better in other countries, particularly Belgium where it made Number two. Concerned by the lack of success for the single, the record company did not release anything else in the UK for the rest of 1976, despite the fact that in Europe a new album of material was released along with singles in various countries: “I Give You My Love” in Germany, Spain and others and “New York City” in France. Early in 1977, the group released their next single, “Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In)”. The song was a change to their previous hits in that it was female-led and much more in a contemporary pop style. The song was a hit in the UK, reaching the top 10 and fared well in Europe also. By now the public were picking up on their similarity to ABBA who were currently dominating the charts around the world, this perception was cemented with the release of their next single, “Angelo”. Criticized by many for its similarity to ABBA’s “Fernando”, the song was released in the Summer of 1977 and was an instant success. The song rose to Number one in the UK Charts and became one of the biggest hits of the year as well as ending up among the 50 best selling singles of the decade. The group were invited to appear at the 1977 Royal Variety Performance, where they elected to sing “Angelo”, rather than their then current single “Highwayman”. Deprived of this vital promotion, the single failed to enter the chart (although was ‘bubbling under’ the top 50 at the time). It did however become a top 20 hit in both the Netherlands and Belgium. The group battled on into 1978 with the release of “Figaro”, which brought them back into vogue and became their third UK Number one single. Many critics argued however that this song was simply cashing in on the success of “Angelo”, but although their titles are similar, there is little evidence to support this, as the two songs are very different. In May “Beautiful Lover” was released and another hit, reaching the UK top twenty, and spending three months in the charts. As the year drew to a close another single, “Middle of the Night” was released along with a greatest hits compilation, Twenty Greatest. Apart from featuring all their own hits and a smattering of album tracks and new songs, the group re-recorded both “United We Stand” and “Where are You Going To My Love” for the album. Twenty Greatest became Brotherhood Of Man’s most successful album, reaching Number six in the UK Charts and spending fifteen weeks in the top 75. 1979 saw the group going into decline as the hits dried up. In 1981 the UK had won the Eurovision Song Contest (the first time since Brotherhood of Man) with the two boy/two girl pop act Bucks Fizz. Within twelve months they had chalked up three number one singles and encouraged by their popularity, Hiller set about reviving Brotherhood of Man’s fortunes. In 1982, Brotherhood of Man signed a deal with EMI in the hope that the new pop revival would encompass them. Armed with a new single LIGHTNING FLASH, written by Hiller, Lee and Upton, the group were relaunched with a new contemporary image and sound. The song only reached No.67 in the summer of 1982, but was their first single to chart in nearly four years.
Milk and Honey (Hebrew: חלב ודבש Chalav U’Dvash) was an Israeli singing group consisting of Re’uven Gvitrz, Shmulik Bilu and Yehuda Tamir. The group performed with Gali Atari at the Eurovision Song Contest 1979, where they won with the song, “Hallelujah”. Their track peaked in the UK Singles Chart at #5 in April 1979. This song was very successfully covered in Afrikaans as “Gee my vrede” (Give me peace). Milk and honey made two further attempts to represent Israel in the contest. In 1981 they sang the song “Serenada” which came fourth in the national final. 1989 saw them slip to eighth place with Ani Ma’amin. On both occasions, the group were joined by the female vocalist Lea Lupatin. In 1988, two of the group (along with Lupatin) accompanied Yardena Arazi on stage at the Eurovision final in Dublin, Ireland, when she performed the song Ben Adam, but were not credited for this appearance. In 1980 they had a single ADIOS AMIGO with the song in German on one side and on the other side the song in English.
Teach-In was a Dutch band, best known for winning Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the song “Ding-A-Dong”. The band was founded in 1969 and parted in 1980. Throughout this time there were several changes in line-up. The group had been formed in 1969 in Enschede. The first lineup: Hilda Felix (vocals), Henk Westendorp (vocals, later in Superfly), John Snuverink (vocals, guitar), Frans Schaddelee (bass), leader Koos Versteeg (vocals & keys) en Rudi Nijhuis (drums). One of the first songs (label CBS records) ever recorded by the group was “Spoke the Lord Creator” (originally by Focus). In 1972, only Koos and Rudi remained in the group, and the rest of the band comprised this: Getty Kaspers (vocals, in 1976 solo as Getty), John Gaasbeek (bass, already in 1964 in the Stora Combo (later known as Orkest Freddie Golden), left in 1976 also), Chris de Wolde (guitar) and Ard Weeink (also until 1976). New members in 1976: Hans Nijland (bass, in 1977 replaced by Nick de Vos), Betty Vermeulen (vocals), Marianne Wolsink (vocals, ex-Head). In 1975 Teach-In participated in the Eurovision Song Contest and won. In 1974 the band had three top 15 hits in the Netherlands, one of which, “In the Summernight” reached number 5 in South Africa, after which their Eurovision entry was recorded. “Ding-A-Dong” won, which resulted in a chart entry in nearly every European country, as well as a #22 placing in the US on the Easy Listening chart. Getty Kaspers left the group in early 1976, after the release of the single Rose Valley, and was replaced by Betty Vermeulen & Marianne Wolsink. Teach-In toured Europe for the next two years, but the success took its toll when the band split up in 1978. In 1979 Ruud Nijhuis and Koos Versteeg reformed the band, this time with two new female singers. After three more hits the group split up again. In 1997, news came that the original line up (with Getty Kaspers) had re-recorded some of their old hits and had plans to tour again. After Teach-In split up, two of the group, Getty and John Gaasbeek, joined by Wilma van Diepen, formed the Balloon trio. Later on, Getty tried a solo career recording a couple of discs including the Getty Album (features De Eerste Liefde is Een Feest with lyrics in Dutch, originally När du tar mig i din famn/The Queen of Hearts by Agnetha Fältskog in Swedish and English). Her vocals can also be heard on Rick van der Linden’s Cum Laude album and on recordings made by Radio Veronica. The band reunited to sing “Ding-a-Dong” at a show in Maastricht on 31 August 2007. I like their 1979 song GREENPEACE where one side has the Dutch version and the other side the English version. All proceeds from this single went to Greenpeace, the Netherlands.
Sheeba were an all-girl pop trio popular in Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were Maxi, Marion Fossett and Frances Campbell. They are best known for representing the host nation, Ireland, in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with “Horoscopes”. In 1978, the group took part in the Irish National Song Contest, to select Ireland’s entry for that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. But they failed to win with their song, “It’s Amazing What Love Can Do”. They went on to release several singles in Ireland with producer Roberto Danova (who was behind many hits ofJoe Dolan, who was extremely popular in South Africa). Their biggest hit was “Horoscopes”, which reached No.3. Following their exposure in the 1981 contest, they signed a recording contract in the UK and released the singles “The Next Night” and “Mystery”, neither of these found success however. The contest also led to concert tours in Europe and Japan. The following year they entered the National finals again with a song performed in Irish; “Go Raibh Maith Agat” (“Thank You Very Much”), but were unsuccessful. Later in 1982 they were involved in a road accident in the West of Ireland that brought their career to an eventual halt due to their reluctance to continue touring. The group shared vocal duties with Maggie Moone on the UK ITV series Name That Tune. After a Japanese tour in 1983, they decided to split, but did compete one more time in the National Song Contest in 1984, where they finished fourth. I like their song COMING TO YOU which was composed by P van Asten and Rde Bois, the Dutch composers behind Maribelle’s Ik hou van jou.
Vulcano was a Dutch band consisting of Jos Groothuizen , Dee Dee (pseudonym of Anna Dekkers), Suzanne Venneker and René van der Wel . The group was formed in 1981 by Hans van Hemert . Vulcano took part in the 1983 National Contest and became the second with the song EEN BEETJE VAN DIT (A little of this, a little of that). This song was despite coming second in the selection, a big hit in the Netherlands. In 1984 they took part in the Dutch selection again, this time with a song called 1, 2, 3. Both songs were written by Hans van Hemert who was the composer of the big Mouth & Macneal hit I see a star. The English of Een beetje van dit is Rhythm in a heartbeat which was covered in South Africa as Dalk net dit of dat by Tobi Jooste. In 1986, the band split.
Mabel is known as a Danish 70’s teen idols band, best known for their 1978 European Song Contest national winner “Boom Boom” and for launching the career of White Lion and Freak Of Nature leadsinger Mike Tramp. Guitarist Peter Nielsen, aka Pete Nilsson, bassist Otto Kulmbak Larsen, aka Andy Larsson, and drummer Chris Have started a band named “The Cops” in 1967 when still in primary school in Stenløse. By the mid 70’s they had changed the name for Mabel and had Gert Magnus aka Gert von Magnus as leadsinger for their first two single. 1n 1976 Magnus was replaced by Michael Trempenau, aka Mike Tramp, who had been singing with Vesterbro Ungdomsgård. In the mid 70’s the band was Denmarks no. 1 teen idols. In the early 80’s the band transformed from teenpop to metal and as Studs. They released an album in Spain before making a failed attempt at making it in the US under the name Lion. In 1982 the band broke up, Nielsen, Kulmbak and Have returned to Denmark while Trampeneau stayed and soon established White Lion. I like the 1978 song SKATE BOARD RIDER.
Tight Fit are a British pop group who had a number of hits in the early 1980s, including a UK No.1 (for three weeks) with their cover version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in 1982. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, also known as “Wimoweh”, “Wimba Way” or “Awimbawe”, is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title “Mbube”. Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing. In 1981, record producer Ken Gold came up with the idea to record a single made up of a medley of 1960s songs. The medley trend was in full swing at this time, following the success of Starsound and their Stars on 45 singles. He put together a group of male/female session singers and released “Back to the 60s” under the group title, Tight Fit. The song became a hit in the summer and reached No.4 in the UK Singles Chart. Instead of the sessions singers who sang on the record, a group of actor/ singers including Lowri-Ann Richards and Robert Pereno, were hired to front the group when Tight Fit first appeared on the BBC’s music show Top of the Pops. A follow-up, “Back to the 60s Part 2” was released soon after and it reached No.33 in the UK Top 40. Later in the year record producer Tim Friese-Greene recorded a version of the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with another group of session singers. The song was released in early 1982, again under the name Tight Fit. The song gained instant attention and so a new group was formed to front it. Dancer, singer and male model Steve Grant was teamed up with female singers Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris. The song reached No.1 in the UK for three weeks in March 1982 and the lineup were catapulted into sudden and unexpected stardom. Satisfied that this lineup could actually sing in their own right, Friese-Greene produced their next single, “Fantasy Island” – a song by The Millionaires which had been in the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest heats in 1982 with composers Souer & Duiser. The song, in a very similar vein to pop group ABBA, also became a success, reaching No.5 in May 1982.
Switzerland was represented by the group Rainy Day with the song “Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?” (What colour is the sunshine?) at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on 5 May. Rainy Day won the rights to represent Switzerland, from winning the national final that took place on 4 February 1984. On the night of the contest Rainy Day performed 17th, following Finland and preceding Italy. At the close of the voting Switzerland had picked up 30 points (The highest mark awarded was 10 points from the United Kingdom) placing Switzerland in 16th place out of 19 entries. I was lucky to find a single from them from 1983 called KOMM TANZ MIT MIR.
Mocedades is a Spanish singing group from the Basque Country, who represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973 with the hit song “Eres Tú”. Since June 2014, Mocedades has been the name of two bands: one with Izaskun Uranga as its leader and the other with Javier Garay. A third group, El Consorcio, is composed of former Mocedades members who left the group but have continued a career together outside the Mocedades brand. The group had many member chances over the years, at times there were eight members. Then again it came down to six. It was with this configuration of six (three Uranga siblings, Zubiaga, Garay and Ipiña), known in Spain as “The Six Historic Ones”, that Mocedades achieved its greatest successes. In this format, they had a remarkable string of hits, most notably “Eres tú ” (“You are…”), runner up in 1973 Eurovision song contest and the next year a massive hit in Europe and the United States of America. “Eres tú” became one of the only Spanish language songs to reach the top 10 in the United States, peaking at #9 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also reaching the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the United States, the song is an airplay favorite today on Adult Standards and Easy Listening radio. The B-side of the single was the English-language version of the song (“Touch the Wind”), but radio stations preferred to play the original A-side version. There were also several cover versions of the tune in both English and Spanish, only one of which (“Touch the Wind” as done in English by Eydie Gorme), charted, becoming a minor Adult Contemporary hit. The song was re-released in English as “Touch The Wind” in later years. It was subsequently released in German (Das bist Du, or “You Are That”), French (C’est pour toi, or “It Is For You”), Italian (Viva noi, or “Long Live Us”), and Basque (Zu Zara, or “You are”). The song was the only U.S. Billboard hit for Mocedades; a follow-up, “Dime Señor” (“Tell Me, Lord”, with “I Ask The Lord” on its B-side), flopped. The 1973 Eurovision Song Contest was marked by a scandal, with charges that “Eres tú” was plagiarized and merely a rewrite of the Yugoslav entry from the 1966 contest (“Brez Besed”, sung by Berta Ambrož). Nevertheless, “Eres tú” was not disqualified. After winning second place in the contest, and the highest score for Spain with 125 points, the song went on to become a huge international hit. However, many more hits followed in Latin America and Spain, most notably “Tómame o déjame” (“Take Me or Leave Me”), “El vendedor” (“The Peddler”), “La otra España” (“The Other Spain”) and “Me siento seguro” (“I Feel Secure”). In 1980 Mocedades signed up to CBS Records, now Sony, and recorded more songs for the Spanish-speaking market, including “¡Ay amor!” (“Oh Love”) and “Amor de hombre” (“Love of Man”), which was the first Mocedades track to enter English-speaking charts since the smash hit “Eres tú”. A well known cover version of “Eres Tú” was recorded by Perry Como on April 29, 1974. A guitar instrumental version of “Eres Tú” was used in a Bank of New Zealand TV advertising campaign in the 1990s. In the movie Tommy Boy, there’s a scene in which Chris Farley and David Spade sing the original Spanish version of “Eres Tú”. In South Africa various singers have covered it, in English, Spanish and Afrikaans.
Wir fur euch (or in English as We for you) was a German artist collective consisting of
01 – Denise
02 – Andy Borg
03 – Costa Cordalis
04 – Tony Marshall
05 – Heike Schäfer
06 – Bernhard Brink
07 – Ireen Sheer
08 – Chris Roberts
09 – Andrew Martin
10 – Werner Boehm
and some others who were not mentioned.
For a good cause Günther Behrle , Norbert Daum and Chris Roberts composed a song and also served as producers. The song was called INSEL DER LIEBE. At the end of 1987, the title was published as single on the Ariola label and debuted at # 69 of the German charts .One German mark from sales of each vinyl record was donated to the Hans-Rosenthal Foundation. It is a pity more such initiatives are not happening
Die Flippers were a German Schlager group formed in 1964. They were one of the most successful Schlager groups of all time, and have been constantly recording and releasing new music since their self-titled debut album was released in 1970. They have released 45 albums, 5 of which have gone platinum, 24 gold. They have won a Goldene Stimmgabel (one of the biggest German music awards) in 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The group was formed in 1964 in Knittlingen, Baden-Württemberg consisting of Manfred Durban, Claus Backhaus, Franz Halmich, Manfred Mössner, Manfred Hehl and Hans Springer. They called themselves the “Dancing Band,” and one year later renamed themselves the “Dancing Show Band.” Hans Springer was soon replaced by Bernd Hengst. In 1967 Olaf Malolepski replaced Manfred Hehl. In 1969 the group released their first single “Weine nicht, kleine Eva” under their new name, Die Flippers. The song enjoyed great success on Schlager radio. Their second single, also from their debut album, entitled “Nur mit dir allein” was released, but did not match the success of “Weine nicht, kleine Eva”. Not long after, the group released their third single, “Sha La La, I Love You” which was also a great success, and is now considered one of their trademark songs. In the following years the group released numerous albums and quickly became arguably the biggest Schlager group of the early 1970s. In 1973, the group started working with producer Jean Frankfurter who composed the German Eurovision entry of 1978, Feuer of Ireen Sheer. Towards the end of the 1970s, the group’s record sales began to drop, but the attendance for concerts remained high. In 1979 Roland Bausert left the group, and Albin Bucher (who would later become famous touring solo as Albin Berger) replaced him as the lead singer. In the same year Mick Hannes and Walter Gerke became the new production team, in attempt to regain the success the group enjoyed in years past. After some member changes, the band continued as a trio, consisting of Bernd Hengst, Olaf Malolepski and Manfred Durban, and teamed up with producers Karl-Heinz Rupprich and Uwe Busse for the album Auf rote Rosen fallen Tränen. One year after in 1986, the group released their fifteenth album Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt. This played out to be their comeback album, and it was the group’s first gold record. It also contained the massive hit “Die rote Sonne von Barbados”. With this song, they appeared on many German television programs, including the ZDF-Hitparade. The album’s title track was also a great success, and received a large amount of airplay on Schlager radio stations. In 1988, the group went on tour for the first time. Since that year, they have been on yearly tours. Their biggest concert was at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany before an audience of 17,000. In 1994, the German television network ZDF aired the first Flippers special. This led to several more throughout the rest of the 1990s and the 21st century. In 2004, they celebrated their 35th anniversary with a greatest hits compilation entitled 35 Jahre – Ein Leben für die Zärtlichkeit and the biggest tour of their career, during which the played in some of the biggest stadiums in Germany. Over the course of the tour, over 150,000 people were in attendance. They performed their last concert in Manheim on 19 March 2011 and gave their final TV performance on 9 April 2011. Die Flippers never took part in Eurovision or at least the German selection, but Uwe Busse and Karl-Heinz Rupprich wrote at least one song in the 1990 selection. It was EINE NACHT VOLL ZARTLICHKEIT, sung by Malibu. At least 20 South African artists covered Flipper songs in Afrikaans. I picked ARRIVERCI, CIAO AMOR, which was composed by Uwe and Karl-Heinz and it is also to say goodbye to Manfred Durban who passed away less than a week ago.
In 1985 several Italian artists got together under the name MUSICAITALIA PER L’ETIOPIA to record the 1958 Italian Eurovision entry VOLARE and donated all proceeds to the victims of hunger in Ethiopia – similar to projects such as the UK one who did DO THEY KNOW ITS CHRISTMAS. Here are the list of artists who donated their time – among them several Eurovision names.
In 1987 Ralph Siegel write a song for a charity project. The song is called HELP A FRIEND and he got several famous artists of the time together to record the song – they are collectively called HELPING HANDS. In the line up is his Eurovision winner NICOLE but others include RICHARD CLAYDERMAN, PETULA CLARK, DAVID HASSELHOFF, TONY CHRISTIE, NICKI, MIREILLE MTHIEU, PETERNHOFMANN, MARLENE CHARELL and NATALIE COLE. This is such a stunning song and rates among my top 50 songs of all time.
My favourite selection song from the United Kingdom in 1983 is LOVE ON YOUR MIND by AUDIO. This trio consists of Kathy Ann Rae who was in the New Seekers (she replaced Lynn Paul), Marty Kristian (who was also in the new seekers) and Trevor Spencer (who was in Prima Donna). Love on your mind is the only song I have ever heard by this group – maybe when they ended 4th in the UK selection, they did not record any further songs?
DSCHINGHIS KHAN by DSCHINGHIS KHAN will always have a special place in my heart. Not only was it the first Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger song I have heard, the group also featured Herman Louis Potgieter from South Africa, and according to my knowledge, the first SA person to feature at Eurovision. Herman attended the same high school in Johannesburg I did but of course he was gone by the time I started in grade 7. The group has had some fantastic hits, unfortunately not so successful in South Africa besides ROME (the English version of their song ROM).
PETER SUE & MARC from Switzerland holds a unique record in Eurovision which probably never will be broken. They took part for their country 4 times at Eurovision, each time in a different language. Twice they ended in 4th place. Their entries were LES ILLUSIONS DE NOS VINST ANS in French in 1971, DJAMBO DJAMBO in English in 1976, TRODLER & CO in German in 1979 together with Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri and IO SENZA TE in Italian in 1981. They had a huge hit in South Africa with CINDY but the following song is one of my all time favourites POCKET PICKING COUNTRY BOY.
1981 was a great Eurovision year with several good songs but BUCKS FIZZ and their magic performance with the song MAKING YOUR MIND UP was the winner, It spent 3 weeks at number 1 in the UK charts and was also very successful in South Africa. Unfortunately none of their releases after this made any impact in South Africa. For me Bucks Fizz songs will always be remembered for the beautiful picture sleeves.
Since the new Secretary general of the United Nations comes from Portugal, we look at at group who sang for Portugal. This group is called DOCE and they sang for Portugal in 1982 with BEM-BOM. The song we highlight is called FOR THE LOVE OF CONCHITA. Does anybody know this song by them? Was it a sign that many years later Conchita from Austria will win Eurovision?
This song is from Denmark. In 1982 a group called BRIXX sang for Denmark at Eurovision with a song called VIDEO VIDEO which was my second favourite after Nicole. I thought Jens Brixtofte, the lead singer looked to me 100% that I thought a Danish male would look like. I went to Denmark to look for more songs by them but unfortunately none of their other songs was as catchy as Vicdeo video. I think this one has a very interesting title
Second generation ABBA comes in the form of ONE MORE TIME, who represented Sweden at the 1996 Eurovision song contest with DEN VILDA. One of the members of the group is Peter Gronvall, a son of Benny. Together with his wife Nanna and her sister, they formed the nucleus. HIGHLAND was their big hit in South Africa.