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R.I.P. Nora Nova: Germany’s 1964 Entrant Dies at Age 93

Eurovision fans worldwide are saying goodbye to a legend, as 1964 German entrant Nora Nova passed away this week. She was 93 years old. She competed with the song “Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne”, a song that still holds the record for longest Eurovision song title. She finished in a tie for 13th place. As most footage …

Hans Erik Dyvik Husby – aka Hank von Hell – has died aged 49

Hans Erik Dyvik Husby, one of Norway’s most celebrated  punk rock musicians, has sadly passed away at the age of just 49. Also known as Hank von Helvete and Hank von Hell, he found fame as the longest-serving lead vocalist of Turbonegro, a self-described “deathpunk” band who found major success in their home country with multiple hit albums. The band …

R.I.P. Claude Lombard: Eurovision 1968 Performer Passes Away at Age 76

Claude Lombard, the singer who represented Belgium at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, has died at age 76. The news was announced on her official Facebook page on Monday. No cause of death was given. Born on February 25, 1945, in Etterbeek, Belgium, Lombard performed the haunting love ballad ‘Quand tu reviendras’ at the 1968 contest. She performed 3rd and …

R.I.P. María Mendiola: One Half of Eurovision ’78 Disco Duo Passes Away at Age 69

María Mendiola, the Spanish singer who formed half of disco duo Baccara, has died. The news was first announced on the group’s official Instagram page and later confirmed by Spanish entertainment news site Formula.TV. She was 69 years old. No cause of death has been released.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by BACCARA (@baccaraoficial) Her …

“What’s Another Year” songwriter Shay Healy dies aged 78

Shay Healy, an accomplished broadcaster and songwriter who composed Ireland’s winning Eurovision Song Contest 1980 entry “What’s Another Year”, has sadly died at the age of 78. As well as composing Johnny Logan’s iconic Eurovision winner, he was also famed in Ireland for hosting the chat show “Nighthawks” on RTÉ Two in the late 80s and early 90s. Later in …

Patrick Juvet (Switzerland 1973) passed away at the age of 70

Switzerland’s representative at Eurovision 1973 in Luxembourg, Patrick Juvet, has sadly passed away at the age of just 70. His agent officially confirmed this news to French media outlet AFP. Juvet started his career as a model, but later became a musician. His first big hit in France was with the song “La Musica” in 1972. A year later, he …

Sanja Ilić, founder of Balkanika, has died aged 70

Sanja Ilić, the founder of the ethno-folk group Balkanika that represented Serbia in Eurovision 2018, has sadly died at the age of 70 from complications relating to COVID-19. The veteran musician formed the group in 1998, with its purpose “to preserve, revitalize and modernize Serbian medieval and byzantine music traditions.” The group alongside Ilić won Beovizija 2018 with “Nova deca” and went on …

Pave Maijanen (Finland 1992) dies aged 70

Experienced Finnish musician and performer Pave Maijanen, who represented his homeland in Eurovision 1992 in Malmö with “Yamma, yamma”, has died at the age of 70. Maijanen performed solo and had a well-respected career, as well as being known for performing in various bands throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Mielikummitus, The Royals, Rock’n’roll Band, Pepe & Paradise, Dingo and …

Ireland 1990’s Liam Reilly has died aged 65

Ireland’s representative at Eurovision 1990 in Zagreb (then Yugoslavia), Liam Reilly, has sadly passed away at the age of just 65. The singer-songwriter from Dundalk represented his country at the 1990 contest with “Somewhere in Europe”, finishing joint second alongside France’s Joëlle Ursull and behind eventual winner Toto Cutugno of Italy. He also wrote and composed the following Irish entry …

Fado legend Carlos do Carmo passes away at age 81

2021 is barely out of the gates and Eurovision fans have already lost one of the icons of the competition and Portugal one of its finest ever performers in Carlos do Carmo. A titan of Portugal’s unique and melancholic fado folk tradition, do Carmo represented Portugal at Eurovision 1976 with “Uma flor de verde pinho,” (“A green-pine flower”) coming in …

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