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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The past is a foreign country. This time it's Luxembourg

Thinking of Kathy Kirby (and last weekend's rather anodyne 2011 Eurovision Song Contest) I just noticed something interesting. I knew Luxembourg had won in 1965 with "Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son" (beating Britain's Kathy Kirby into second place). I knew they had won again with a great song when the contest came to Edinburgh (the Usher Hall, indeed) in 1972. That year it was Vicky Leandros:

But in 1967 Vicky Leandros had had an earlier crack at Eurovision, again with a great song which went on to be extensively covered and very well-known indeed:

That time Britain returned the favour by beating her into fourth place with our "Puppet on a String". I think once again Luxembourg may have had the better song, but our entry captured the Zeitgeist better.

Returning to France Gall's earlier Poupee, you can tell what a great song it was from the fact that it's still getting covered:


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