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Greece: Eurovision 2013 singer and musician Agathonas Iakovidis passes away at age 65

Greek singer and musician Agathonas Iakovidis, who sang and performed the baglama on Greece’s fan favorite Eurovision 2013 entry “Alcohol is Free” alongside Greek rock band Koza Mostra, passed away this morning of a heart attack at the age of 65. Though not known to have had any health conditions – indeed, his Facebook profile showed that he has been …

Bill Martin, co-writer of “Puppet on a String” and “Congratulations,” passes away at age 81

Bill Martin, one of the United Kingdom’s most famous songwriters and music publishers, passed away at age 81 this past weekend. The co-writer of the Eurovision 1967 winning “Puppet on a String” (performed by Sandie Shaw) and Eurovision 1968 runner-up “Congratulations” (performed by Cliff Richard) was also behind some of the most memorable pop singles of the 1960s and 1970s. …

Alan Merrill passes away at age 69 due to coronavirus complications

American singer, guitarist and songwriter Alan Merrill, who co-wrote Co-Co’s entry “Wake Up” for the United Kingdom’s A Song for Europe 1976, has passed away yesterday at age 69 due to complications from the coronavirus. Merrill’s daughter Laura Merrill announced his passing in a heartbreaking post on Facebook yesterday afternoon, stressing that a pandemic and the lockdowns that she and …

United Kingdom: Pearl Carr passes away at age 98

Pearl Carr, one half of one of the most revered husband and wife singing acts in the United Kingdom, passed away at age 98 at her home at Brinsworth House, London, yesterday on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Carr, who came in 2nd for the United Kingdom with her husband Teddy Johnson at Eurovision 1959 with “Sing, Little Birdie.” That song …

Remembering the Eurovision stars we lost in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we remember and honor Eurovision stars, writers, and producers who passed away this year. Stars whose participation and performances provided so much joy to Eurovision fans at the contest and beyond. In no particular order, here are the notable Eurovision stars we lost in 2019. Kenny Lynch – United Kingdom – A Song for …

The Golden Voice of Prague, Karel Gott, passes away at age 80

Karel Gott, a much beloved singer and Austria’s entrant at Eurovision 1968, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at age 80. Gott had only announced last month that he was battling acute myeloid leukemia, but his wife Ivana announced Tuesday that Gott had passed away in his sleep, surrounded by his family. Shortly before Soviet tanks rolled in to …

Remembering the Eurovision stars we lost in 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we remember and honor Eurovision stars who passed away this year. Stars whose participation and performances provided so much joy to Eurovision fans at the contest and beyond. Lys Assia In 2018, we lost the First Lady of Eurovision herself, Lys Assia. Born Rosa Mina Scharer in 1924, Assia started off as a dancer …

A History of Eurovision: 1066 to 1217

Whilst it is believed by many to have begun in 1956 in Switzerland, the Eurovision Song Contest has, in fact, existed in one form or another for a number of years. Recent research by Prof. A. Prillis from Valetta University has uncovered a surprising sequence of events throughout the ages. It seems that the contest can be traced as far …

Lest We Forget: Lindita Halimi

In a new series of editorials I will be looking at some of the songs I feel unfairly missed out on making the Eurovision finals. 2015 is great year, but let’s remind ourselves of what could’ve been… This editorial represents my personal opinions and does not represent those of ESC United as a whole, the EBU or other editors and …

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