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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 …

Three time Eurovision entrant Jahn Teigen passes away at age 70

One of Norway’s most beloved Eurovision artists and Melodi Grand Prix personalities, Jahn Teigen, passed away at age 70 at Ystad Hospital. In a press release, Teigen’s manager Trond Lie announced that the three time entrant for Norway had passed away in his sleep yesterday evening, on Monday, February 24, 2020. Teigen had for the last 12 years been living …

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 …

Yugoslavia’s first Eurovision representative, Ljiljana Petrović, passes away at age 81

It was announced earlier today that Ljiljana Petrović, Yugoslavia’s debut entrant at Eurovision in 1961 with “Neke davne zvezde” (“Some ancient stars”), has passed away at the age of 81 at her home in Novi Sad, Serbia. Born in 1939, in Bosanski Brod (then part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, now Bosnia-Herzegovina), and raised in Novi Sad, Petrović started her …

Irish Eurovision commentator and RTÉ DJ Larry Gogan passes away at age 85

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) announced yesterday that revered RTÉ Radio disc jockey Larry Gogan had passed away at age 85. Dubbed by Louis Walsh as “one of the kings of Irish broadcasting” and by fans as “the Golden Voice of Irish Radio,” Gogan also served as RTÉ’s radio commentator from 1984 to 2001, and again in 2008. He also served …

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 …

Portugal’s Eurovision 1967 representative Eduardo Nascimento passes away at age 76

Eduardo Nascimento, Portugal’s representative at Eurovision 1967 with “O Vento Mudou” (“The Wind has Changed”), passed away last week in Lisbon at the age of 76. The Angolan born singer was the first black male artist to perform at Eurovision, one year after Surinamese singer Milly Scott became the first black female artist to perform at Eurovision 1966 for The …

Cultural critic Clive James passes away at age 80

Famed Australian-born cultural critic, author, television host, and writer Clive James passed away on November 24, 2019 at age 80 at his home in Cambridge, England. Eurovision did not escape his famous scathing wit, with some of the most memorable and infamous comments about the contest having come from his pen. According to a statement today by James’s representatives United …

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 …

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