GERARD JOLING represented the Netherlands at the 1988 Eurovision song contest with a song called SHANGRI-LA.
Gerard Joling covered the 1975 Eurovision entry of Germany in Dutch as ZING MET ME MEE.
Silvio Samoni is a totally unknown artist to me but I saw a CD advertisement of him in one of the German music magazines I got in Vienna and then ordered the CD because I noticed he is covering Udo Jurgens MERCI CHERIE. Finally I got the CD yesterday and it is indeed a great CD – Silvio has a very good voice and he is covering several songs. His version of Merci cherie is quite good but I like his cover of Gerard Joling’s More more boleros and Lobo’s I’d love you to want me and Demis Roussos Lovely lady of Arcadia even more.
It is interesting looking at chart success in South Africa for Eurovision artists. Several of them have had big hits but with other songs than their Eurovision entries. One of the classic examples is KATRINA AND THE WAVES who had a minor hit with LOVE SHINE A LIGHT but WALKING ON SUNSHINE is a classic here.
It is, however Dutch Eurovision artists who have “suffered” the most. At least 5 come to mind who hit big with a song but failed with their Eurovision entry.
GERARD JOLING – NO MORE BOLEROS went platinum but his 1988 euro entry SHANGRI-LA failed to chart.
MAYWOOD – GIVE ME BACK MY LOVE went to number 1 but their 1990 euro entry IK WIL ALLES MET JOU DELEN/NO MORE WIND TO GUIDE ME failed to chart.
TEACH IN – IN THE SUMMERNIGHT was a number 1 hit for them but their Eurovision winner in 1975 DINGE-DONG failed to chart.
LINDA WILLAIMS – I’LL BIDE MY TIME was a huge hit here (and probably nowhere else) but her 1981 euro entry HET IS EEN WONDER/I AM THE LADY failed to chart. The song, however charted several years later for other artists as covers, among them DANA WINNER.
MOUTH & MACNEAL – HOW DO YOU DO did very well on the charts bit their 1974 euro entry I SEE A STAR did not chart, however the song was covered at the same time in Afrikaans as EK SIEN A STER which did very well.