Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Brita Borg - 1926 - 2010

Swedish Eurovision singer Brita Borg has died yesterday. She represented Sweden in 1959 with the tango Augustin and reached 9th place. (YouTube)
Augustin, written by Bo Harry Sandin and Åke Gerhard, only got four points. One came from Denmark and three from the Netherlands, but it was a completely different voting era with each country awarding ten points in total.
Brita Borg also recorded four 1959 Eurocovers, all from the EP Festival I Cannes below.

The EP Festival I Cannes (Knäppupp KNEP 83) includes four Swedish coverversions of 1959 Eurovision songs.
Om Våren ('n Beetje - Teddy Scholten, Netherlands, 1st)
Oui Oui Oui Oui (Jean Philippe, France, 3rd)
Piove (Domenico Modugno, Italy, 6th)
Åh, Ifall Jag Vore Du Ändå (Uh ! Jeg Ville Ønske Jeg Var Dig, Birthe Eilke, Denmark, 5th)

Brita Borg Wiki has more information on her career from the early 40's to the late 70's.
News at  SVT and Aftonbladet ( both in Swedish).
For more on Teddy Scholten (1926 - 2010), the original singer of 'n Beetje, check this Eurocovers tribute.

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