Monday, October 10, 2011
Absent Friend - Ingvar Wixell 1931 - 2011
Swedish Opera singer and Eurovision star Ingvar Wixell died.
Wixell's place in Eurovision history is highlighted by the fact that he sung his entry (for Sweden) Absent Friend in English. No one* had done that before and it also caused the much debated language rule to be introduced where every artist must sing in his own countries' language.
* of course except U.K. entries and the first Irish one, on stage 7 songs before Wixell.