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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 …

United Kingdom: BBC reveal plans for a “Replacement” Eurovision!

Ever since the news came out that Eurovision would be cancelled this year, people have been looking at the EBU and other broadcasters to see if there would be anything to replace the void. The EBU stated that they were “Working on it”, but today the BBC have revealed a few plans to entertain the British people in self-quarantine.  They …

A List to Think About – Eurovision entries with “Thing” in the title

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. Song. That’s what Academy Award winning actor / Australian Rugby League team owner / Leeds United fan / telephone thrower Russell Crowe said when sharing Daði & Gagnamagnið’s “Think About Things,” winner of …

London Eurovision Party postponed

The London Eurovision Party, one of the biggest traditional pre-parties for Eurovision each year, has been postponed as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and following an update on the current situation from the British government. The event was due to be held on Sunday 29th March at the Café de Paris in London. The pre-party joins Pre-Party ES …

United Kingdom: James Newman is off to Rotterdam!

It has been announced today that James Newman will be representing the United Kingdom in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest! James Newman is most well known as a songwriter until now, having worked on hits for Rudimental and Ella Eyre, Kesha, Toni Braxton, Calvin Harris, and his own brother, John Newman. In the last few years, he has also featured …

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 …

Shot through the heart and you’re to blame, darlin’ you give Eurovision a bad name!

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. It’s Valentine’s Day weekend! And whether you painted the town red with your significant other, or lied down on your couch, brushed off the Doritos crumbs on your chest to make room for …

11th time lucky? A look at Diane Warren’s Academy Award nominations

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. American songwriter Diane Warren is nothing short of a deity in the pantheon of pop music. She has written numerous classics you can name off-hand, won almost every award in the industry, and …

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