Monthly Archives: September 2016

379 Libera – Mia Martini (Italy, 1977)

Mia Martina is one of two Italian artists with a brace of entries in the countdown. First up we had her 1992 attempt, the plaintive torch song Rapsodia (see No. 450), 71 places higher is Libera, a disco-tinged number from 1977. … Continue reading

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380 White And Back Blues – Joëlle Ursull (France, 1990)

The French Antilles are a group of French territories in the West Indies clustered around the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The music of these Caribbean islands was brought to British shores in the late 1970s/early 1980s via the slightly naff disco … Continue reading

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381 I See A Star – Mouth & MacNeal (Netherlands, 1974)

The previous entry from the Netherlands in our countdown was Maggie MacNeal’s Amsterdam (see No. 431), while next up we have her earlier – and even more successful – Eurovision outing in partnership with Dave Lee Travis-lookalike, Mouth (AKA Willem Duyn). MacNeal, whose … Continue reading

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382 Love In Rewind – Dino Merlin (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011)

Edin Dervišhalidović is a Bosnian Muslim, or Bosniak as the Islamic Slavs in Bosnia are sometimes called. He was born in 1962 in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, then a part of Yugoslavia, and formed the band Merlin in 1983 with … Continue reading

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383 Ein Hoch Der Liebe – Wencke Myhre (Germany, 1968)

Ein Hoch Der Liebe (A Toast To Love) was written by Horst Jankowski who was well known in Britain for his easy listening instrumental A Walk In The Black Forest. That song had been an unlikely Top 3 hit in the … Continue reading

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384 Comé Comédie – Betty Mars (France, 1972)

Paris-born Séverine won the 1971 contest in Dublin with Un Banc Un Arbre Une Rue, giving Monaco their only Eurovision win to date. The Monégasques, however, were unable to come up with a suitable venue for 1972’s show, so with just seven weeks … Continue reading

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