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Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown passes away at age 65

Les McKeown, the former frontman for ’70s Scottish pop sensations The Bay City Rollers, passed away at the age of 65 on Tuesday evening. In a tweet posted by his family, his wife Keiko whom he met in 1978 and their son Jubei, McKeown passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home. No cause of death was cited. pic.twitter.com/YgZLzuGbM1 — Les …

Legendary British songwriter Barry Mason passes away at age 85

The below editorial features the opinions and views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of #escYOUnited as a whole, Eurovision or the EBU. Legendary British songwriter Barry Mason, who co-wrote some of the biggest pop hits of the 1960s and 1970s in the United Kingdom and United States with Les Reed, passed away at the age …

Remembering the Eurovision Stars we lost in 2020 – Part Two

As 2020 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. Due to the large amount of Eurovision notables who passed away this year, we had to split this article into two parts. Part …

Remembering the Eurovision stars we lost in 2020 – Part One

As 2020 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. Due to the large amount of Eurovision notables who passed away this year, we had to split this article into two parts. Part …

Turkish composer Timur Selçuk Passes Away at Age 74

Renowned Turkish singer, pianist, composer, and conductor of Turkey’s first ever appearance at Eurovision in 1975, Timur Selçuk, has passed away at age 74. According to his wife, Handan Selçuk, the cause of death at this time is unknown as he had not reported or exhibited any health problems. A multi-talented musician, particularly in the polyphonic Turkish classical music tradition, …

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 …

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