Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

So who isn't giving this one a listen this night?
Best wishes to all Eurocovers readers. May at least one of your dreams come true in 2014!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Goodbye, Farewell, Colin 'Bob Allison' Day

Colin Day, known as Bob Allison from the Allisons has passed away aged 72.
The Allisons scored an international hit with their U.K. Eurovision entry Are You Sure (2nd place in 1961)

Golden Oldie Are You Sure is one of the songs I knew by heart (although in my own invented variation on English) long before I found out it actually was a Eurovision tune.
The Allisons Brian 'John Allison' Alford and Colin 'Bob Allison' Day were childhood friends, not really brothers contrary to popular belief. They were more or less the U.K.'s answer to the Everly Brothers. They scored a European hit with their Eurovision runner up, the third U.K. entry in a row to finish 2nd.
The song sold over a million copies in the U.K. alone.

Despite their European hit, world domination didn't really happen for the Allisons. They managed to get two more top 40 hits and called it a day in 1963.
'Goodbye, Farewell.... Are You Sure?' they asked themselves. I guess they weren't, as the Allisons reunited on several occasions and in the 70's recruited some new brothers like Mike Allison and Tony Allison.
John White, earlier member who left in 1959 is the real composer of their Eurovision Song. (it's credited to The Allisons).

Colin Day also recorded a coverversion of Angelique, the Danish 1961 entry by Dario Campeotto. It was released as a b-side to his single Brasil (Parlophone R 4803).

Source: BBC entertainment
Parts of the above have been published the 2008 Eurocovers article Team GB 1961: Are You Sure?
List of versions of Are You Sure . This has release details on the Allisons versions and info on 42 coverversions of the song. (Word document, email me if you want it)
Discography: Colin Day and the Allisons at 45Cat,com

Another post: Jody Wayne (South Africa) - Are You Sure

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Birthday The Doctor

Doctor Who is 50 today! Not as old as Eurovision (or is he?), but a remarkable achievement.
Bang Bang A Boom is and Audio only (sadly) episode around the Intergalactic Song Contest.
It takes the micky, (of course, it's British), and not even Terry Wogan (Logan in this episode) is spared.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Le-Chelle - Ek Hou Van Jou

Picture from Le-Chelle's Soundcloud
A wonderful coverversion of Ik Hou Van Jou, the Dutch 1984 entry by Maribelle. This one is sung in Afrikaans.
It's so lovely that I'll forgive her for thinking it's a Dana Winner cover.

More music at Le-Chelle's soundcloud. And she has a Facebook too.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dum Dum Diddle, to be your fiddle

This week Orchestral genius André Rieu releases a double album with one disc dedicated to the ultimate legends of pop: ABBA.
It includes Eurovision winner Waterloo but the absence of Dum Dum Diddle is a missed opportunity of philharmonic proportions.
The ABBA CD includes the following tracks:

  1. Chiquitita
  2. Mama Mia
  3. Fernando
  4. Money, Money Money
  5. The Winner Takes It All
  6. Waterloo
  7. I Have A Dream
  8. Arrival
  9. Dancing Queen
  10. The Way Old Friends Do
  11. Thank You For The Music
  12. Thank You Abba
The other CD features timeless classics like Yesterday (Beatles), I Don't Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar), La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf, Grace Jones), Arriverderci Roma (Renato Rascel, Mario Lanza) and Hymne A L'amour (Edith Piaf)
More details at André Rieu's website or in a CD store near you.

André Rieu and his orchestra have recorded a few other Eurovision covers in the past.
Volare (Italy 1958, with Russel Watson) on CD Zauber der Musik 3 from 2003.
Zwei kleine Italiener (Germany 1962) on 2009 CD Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren 
Puppet On A String (Details wanted)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tar And Cement: Oh How Much I Love Verdelle Smith

I recently 'discovered' American 60's singer Verdelle Smith. Hadn't heard about her, but through my obsession with coverversions of Dio Come Ti Amo I stumbled upon her LP In My Room from 1966.
It includes her version of the Modugno/Cinquetti classic, titled Oh How Much I Love You.

After a bit of browsing I noticed she's qualified as a one hit wonder*, and the one hit is Tar And Cement.
Tar And Cement is a coverversion of Adriano Celentano's Il Ragazzo Della Via Gluck. The original song is from the 1966 Sanremo contest, and even though it didn't do very well there, it became one of Celentano's signature songs.
Where Verdelle Smith's version of Dio... is nice, Tar And Cement is a moving interpretation, and a wonderful piece of music history. I don't know if it's sacrilege to say, but she sometimes reminds me of Dusty Springfield.
Verdelle's Tar And Cement was a top 40 hit in the US, and even got to #1 in Australia.

The 2013 CD Tar And Cement: The Complete Recordings 1965-1967 (City Hall records, US) features both songs and Smith's take on some other classics like Catch A Falling Star (Perry Como, Francoise Hardy**), I Don't Need Anything (A minor hit for Sandie Shaw) and Autumn Leaves (Yves Montand).
Similar compilation CDs have been released earlier.

Both tracks and other Verdelle Smith songs are available through the Tunes and the likes, but you can already have a listen to the crackin' ol' records thanks to some tremendous Youtube people.

Oh How Much I Love You at Youtube
Tar And Cement at Youtube
Verdelle Smith is still around, but she hasn't been pursuing a career in pop since the 60's.

Tar And Cement was also recorded by Virginia Lee (South Africa), Joe Dolan (Ireland) and The Young Idea (ft Mott The Hooples Ian Hunter)
Anna-Lena Löfgren recorded it in Swedish (Youtube)
And here's a Finnish version I quite like, Asfalttia Ja Sementtia by Kari Kuuva.

* Actually a two hit wonder. Her first hit (Alone) In My Room was a US #62 in 1966.
** Hardy also recorded a version of Il Ragazzo... titled La Maison Où J'ai Grandi.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Release news: Monica Z. - The film and the music

This week, September 13,  sees the premiere of the Swedish film Monica Z., a biopic about the life of Monica Zetterlund, Swedens legendary queen of jazz. 
Eurovision fans know Monica Zetterlund best from her wonderful 1963 Eurovision song En Gång I Stockholm (Once upon a time in Stockholm).
The film focusses on the early career of Zetterlund, when she was a critically acclaimed jazz singer, working with some of the jazz greats like Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Louis Armstrong and Arne Domérius.

Edda Magnason takes up the challenge of portraying Monica Z. Not only does she play her in the film, but she also sings all the tracks in the movie and on the soundtrack herself.

The soundtrack  is released on CD and is out now. The musical score is arranged and produced by pianist Peter Nordahl. It includes En Gång I Stockholm and several other Zetterlund classics. (Universal 0602537-35291, tracklist below).   
You can watch another clip, Sakta Vi Gå Genom Stan,  here at Aftonbladtet tv.

Monica's Melodifestival
Monica Zetterlund’s first entered the Swedish national final in 1962 with the song När Min Vän (When my friend, also performed by Carli Tornehave) which ended 2nd behind the winner Sol Och Vår (performed by both Inger Berggren who took it to Eurovision and by Lily Berglund)

In 1963 En Gång I Stockholm was one of 12 songs in the national competition. It was performed with orchestra by Zetterlund and with a small combo by Carli Tornehave.
The music is by Bobbie Ericsson, who also wrote the 1961 Swedish entry April April for Siw Malmkvist. The lyrics were written by Beppe Wolgers, a.k.a as Efraim Långstrump (Longstocking), Pipi's Papa. 
In Eurovision the song ended last with 0 poing, possibly because the songs style, a very slow jazz ballad, didn’t fit the Eurovision mold.
Ending last didn’t hurt Zetterlunds career and En Gång I Stockholm became an evergreen that is still performed and recorded today. 

In 1972 Monica’s last Eurovision attempt, Krama Mig Och Dansa (Hold me and dance with me) ended 6th in the Swedish Melodifestival.

Monica Zetterlund died in 2005 in a tragic fire accident in her Stockholm home.

En Gång I Stockholm Discography
Monica Zetterlund
- on 7” Philips 350 224 1F, no picture sleeve
Lily Berglund
- Also perfomed in the Swedish NF, no studio recording was released.
Alice Babs
- on LP Alice Babs 67 (from 1966)' and VA EP Hjälp lions hjälpa (HMV 7EGS 344)
Margareta Bengtson
- on CD Margareta Bengtson (2009)
Monica Borrfors
- on CD Monica sjunger Monica
Helena Eriksson
- on CD Sjunger Monica Zetterlund (2007, CDA LBMZ 07)
Caroline Henderson
- on CD Don't explain (2003, Stunt records)
Margareta Jonth (Opera singer) with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
- on LP (1978, EMI 06235612)
Edda Magnason
- on CD Monica Z., OST (2013, Universal 0602537-35291)
Anna Norrby
- on CD Stockholmsbilder (1998, CDA-CAP - 21589)
The Real Group (acapella group)
- on CD Röster (1991)
Anne-Lie Rydé
- on CD Stulna kyssar  (1992, EMI 4750252)
- on CD Splendid Isolation (VA, Friendly noise FYN 68)
Svante Thuresson
- on LP Jag är hip baby (1995)
Grethe and Jørgen Ingmannn 
---- - So near, yet so far (English)
- on LP Winners and losers from European Television Song Contests (Metronome MLP 15267)
Sone Banger (Accordion)
- on LP Ett glatt humör (1976, Ljud-banger: lb 1004)
Arne Domnérus Orkester (Instrumental)     
- on EP (HMV. 7 EGS 270)
Bengt Hallberg (Instrumental)
 - on CD Improvisation (1989, Musik på Drottningholm MPD CD 1)
Georg Riedel, Arne Domnérus and Rune Gustafsson (Instrumental)
- on LP Vårat gäng (1979, Sonet SLP 2647)

These are the versions I know of, if you know more or have any corrections, please let me know.

Tracklist Monica Z. - Musiken från filmen
1. Sakta Vi Gå Genom Stan
2. Hit The Road Jack
3. Monicas Vals
4. O Vad En Liten Gumma Kan Gno
5. En Gång I Stockholm
6. It Could Happen To You
7. Gröna Små Äpplen
8. Trubbel
9. Du
10. Bedårande Sommarvals
11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
12. I New York
13. Monica Z - Svit Ur Filmen - by Peter Nordahl

links and sources
Monica Zetterlund sällskapet website
Edda Magnason website
Stellanova film website
Eurovision Collectors Guide: 10000 coverversions project
Melodifestivalen Genom Tiderna - book by Leif Thorsson

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Zaleilah on clogs: Dancing with Wesley Klein.

Dutch singer Wesley Klein has released a Dutch version of Zaleilah titled Samen Dansen (Everyday Everybody) (translates as Dancing Together) Released on June 28.
It's the first track on a 3-track cdsingle (Berk music 6017541)

Zaleilah is the Romanian entry from 2012 by Mandinga. Find out about all their versions and releases here at the Baku Collection.

Zaleilah is not the first Eurovision song covered by Wesley Klein. The Danish 2010 entry In A Moment Like This became Geen Dag Zonder Jou (Not a day without you) and was released on his CD Vandaag En Morgen (Today and tomorrow) and cdsingle. It scored a # 42 hit in the Dutch top 100.

Former construction worker Klein shot to fame in the Netherlands in 2010 when he won the 2nd edition of Popstars (Talent show on SBS channel). He followed up his victory with a #1 hit: a cover version of You Raise Me Up. He scored 10 top 100 hits in total.

Wesley Klein website
The cdsingle is available at SingleCDNL

Sunday, June 16, 2013

CD Releases: Volare in the 10's

It's 55 years ago since Domenico Modugno's Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) conquered the world. You probably all know that Eurocovers loves a bit of history, so the Eurovision classic features in many posts, including the 2008 series Anno Domenico.

I hadn't looked into it much recently, but after a rainy morning browsing the net I noticed that the everblue evergreen is still being recorded in it's 7th decade.

Followers of the Italian Festival di Sanremo, the mother of all songcontests, know Emma.
Emma Marrone entered the 2011 Sanremo together with Modà and the song Arriverà.
In 2012 she went it alone and won Sanremo with Non è L’Inferno.
As a true Sanremo star, Emma knows her classics and she recorded Volare for the film Benvenuti Al Nord. It’s a comedy about the rivalry between the Italian North and the Italian South. Emma’s Volare accompanies the end credits. (video)
The track was released on the re-issue of her 2011 album Sarò Libera (2012) which also added the Sanremo winner in two versions. (Universal music Italy). 

Emma cites Gianna Nannini as one of her main inflences. She accompanied Gianna on her 2011 Io E Te tour (see below)
Emma's latest album is Schiena, released in April 2013.

2014: Emma Marone is selected to represent Italy in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read all about that here at the Copenhagen Collection.

Emma website

Chico and the Gypsies with Nana Mouskouri
Chico is Chico Bouchikhi, one of the founding members of the Gypsy Kings. in 2012 Chico and the Gypsies released an album with duets titled Chico and the Gypsies....and Friends.
Since the Gypsy Kings 1989 hit, Volare became a staple song for any self respecting Gypsy / Rumba outfit. So it's not unexpected the song found its way to this album. But the guest star on the song is a surprise: our Nana Mouskouri.

In Eurovision titles Nana Mouskouri would probably be the Grand Duchess of Eurovision or something.
In 1963 the Greek singer entered the Eurovision songcontest for Luxembourg with A Force De Prier (By the power of praying) and ended 8th.
No further explanation is needed, Nana Mouskouri continued to superstardom ever since and she is still touring the world with her emotional and uplifting encyclopedia of songs.

Other guests on the Chico CD include Charles Aznavour and Eurovision stars Gerard Lenorman and Patrick Fiori.
Here's a live video of Chico and Nana doing Volare

Chico and the Gypsies website

Gypsy Queens
U.K. based Gyspy Queens recorded Volare for their eponymous 2012 album. The band, led by Didier Casnati, presents a more jazzy style of gypsy music. Check out a BBC breakfast performance of the Queens' Volare here at their Youtube.

In 2010 Casnati already recorded Volare with Peruvian singer Jaime Cuadra for his album Latino (watch video)

Gypsy Queens just played the Isle Of Wight festival and you can also catch them at this years Glastonbury.
Their new single, also on the album, is a cover of L'Italiano, the Toto Cutugno classic. (video)

Gypsy Queens website

In Eurocovers Galaxy it's a small step from Gypsy music to Japan. Ketsumeishi is a Japanese hip-hop-pop boy/man band going since 2000. Their albums are simply titled Ketsunopolis (ケツノポリス) 1to 8.
1 was released in 2000 and 8 saw the light in 2012. Ketsunopolis 8 includes their coverversion of Volare in Japanese (ボラーレ).

Their 2012 hitsingle Love Love Summer includes two versions of Volare: The original album version and the FPM Everlust remix.
Volare is mostly a Gypsy Kings cover with some rappy bits thrown in, but still a great tune, especially the remix.

Ketsumeishi website

And some more
In 2010 actress / model / stylist / sex symbol Valeria Marini released Volare on a cdsingle with DJ Roberto Onofri. The cdsingle was only avalable with a magazine (Di Più) and allegedly sold 300.000 copies (of 500.000 pressed).
All proceeds were for the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake.
Source: ADNkronos

Vanessa Neigert recorded a German version of Volare fore her 2012 album also titled Volare. The album also includes a version of Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina), the 1959 Modugno Eurovision classic. Vanessa Neigert specializes in the classics from the 50’s and 60’s. She recorded the German 1962 entry Zwei Kleine Italiener for her debut album Mit 17 Hat Man Noch Träume (Ariola, 2009).
Vanessa Neigert website

Gianna Nannini is a famous singer in Italy, but attempts to make her success global have not resulted in world domination. Pity, really as she made some incredible albums. Her biggest claim to international fame is probably Un Estate Italiana (with Edoardo Bennato), a theme tune to the 1990 football world cup. In the 80's she scored a few European hits with I Maschi and Bello E Impossibile.
She released Volare on her 2011 album Io E Te. (Sony Music Italy) The song was also included on the live edition of the same album. Nannini probably had no trouble remembering the lyrics as she was one of the singers who recorded Volare For Ethiopia back in 1985 (see this Eurocovers post)

Gianna Nannini website

Andrea Bocelli never recorded a real studio version of Volare except for a Barilla pasta commercial. But he has been performing the song live on many occasions. Live album One Night In Central Park, recorded in (you guessed it) Central park, New York features a live version with David Foster at the piano. (Sugar Music, 2011)

Other stars guesting are Tony Bennett and Eurovision Royal Celine Dion. 
Andrea Bocelli website

Francisco recorded a Spanish live version of Volare with Santiago Segura for his album La Voz
Now, many singers are named Francisco, so I don’t really know who this is. He must be someone, as the album has some impirtant guests.
Update: Francisco won the OTI contest (Spanish language Song contest) twice. (1981 and 1992) and is a well known singer in Spain. (Thanks José Antonio!)
Well worth mentioning is that La Voz also includes a version of Al Di Là  (Más alla in Spanish) the Italian 1961 Eurovision entry, as it's a duet with no one less than Pastora Soler of Baku Eurovision fame
And there's Dio Come Ti Amo (Dios como te amo in Spanish) performed with Paca Ribes. This is Domenico Modugno's 1966 Eurovision song.
Other people guesting are Julio Iglesias Jr. and Daniel Diges (Oslo 2010) (Warner music Spain).

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sex And Drugs and Eurovision: The Olsen Brothers Trippin' Road Movie

Gourmet film have released this lovely tribute to the Olsen Brothers (Jørgen and Niels Olsen). It's a funny movie revealing the secret of how the brothers got the inspiration for their 2000 Eurovision song Fly On The Wings Of Love.
The short film, carrying the title of the Eurovision winner, is set in the early 70's. The Brødrene are hitch hiking through the U.S. on their way to San Francisco to make it in America.
The road trip stars Allan Hyde, Aske Bang, Emma Bell and Hailey Boyle. Hyde and Bang directed and Nina Helveg produced. It features several Olsen Brothers songs including their 1978 Danish Melodi Grand Prix hit San Francisco. (see below)
The full 16 minute movie is in above youtube, the bits in danish are subtitled.

The Brothers in 2010
Fly On The Wings Of Love won the Stockholm Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark in 2000. Originally the song was performed in Danish as Smuk Som Et Stjerneskud (Beautiful as a shooting star) in the Danish national final.
Sweden has become lucky ground for the Danes, as this year Denmark won the contest in Malmö with Emmelie De Forest and her Only Teardrops.

The actors:
Allan Hyde is a familiar face (although well disguised), he's known as vampire Godric on HBO's series True Blood.
Emma Bell also has a horror past, she was Amy in the first season of The Living Dead (AMC). She's also cast in the Dallas revival as Emma Brown (TNT), daughter of an ex-wife of Bobby Ewing (or something like that)
Aske Bang has been in a several Danish movies and TV series including an episode of Borgen.
Hailey Boyle is a stand up comedian.

The Brothers in 1972
Warning: Probably a bit NSFW: it has some unidentified cigarettes and hippy sex on LSD.

Gourmet Film is Allan Hyde's and Aske Bangs film project/company.
The film is co-funded by gifts from the public through Kickstarter.com and other sources.
They love Eurovision, check out their new years video Save Your Kisses For Me (upd. heavily geoblocked now) starring Aske Bang, Nina Helveg, Allan Hyde and Julie Grundtvig Wester as the Mighty Brotherhood Of Man.

Some links and sources: Updated 2021
Gourmet film website and facebook
Olsen Brothers website and  facebook (new)
Allan Hyde website
Hailey Boyle facebook
Emma Bell website
The Olsen Brothers Eurovision cover album here at Eurocovers
Shop for The Olsen Brothers CDs at BeaRecords

The Brothers in the 50's
Songs featured in the film:
San Francisco
- 2nd place in the 1978 Danish national final
Marie Marie        
- single from 1982
One Woman, Two Lovers
- from their 2000 CD Wings Of Love
I Have To Dance
- Single from 2000, follow up to the Eurovison winner
- Single from 1972, the first hit for the Bro’s
Fly On The Wings Of Love
- The performance at the Stockholm contest is featured, Terry Wogan famously commenting "I have a sneaky suspicion about that one."
Additional score by Djarn Kargin and Daniel Vognstrup

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jan Johansen - Kedvesem

Jan Johansen loves Kedvesem (and so do I).
In case you missed it, ByeAlex finished 10th with Kedvesem (Sweetheart) in saturdays Eurovision final in Malmö, singing for Hungary.
Jan Johansen is the singer of the 1995 Swedish entry Se På Mig (3rd place in Dublin).

Kedvesem at the Malmö Collection has all the details and links to the versions of the lovely ByeAlex song. There's even one with a bit sung in Swedish by ByeAlex himself..

Jan's soundcloud
Jan Johansen has a book out (in Swedish)

Also check out everything about these Hungarian entries:
2014 - András Kállay Saunders at the Copenhagen Collection
2013 - ByeAlex at the Malmö Collection
2012 - Compact Disco at the Baku Collection
2011 - Kati Wolf at the Düsseldorf Collection
2009 - Adok Zoli at the Moscow Collection
You'll find versions, CD info, charts and other trivia

Update: Jan also recorded an English version She's The One, lyrics by Gabi Knoll.

Eisenhauer also covers ByeAlex' Eurovision hit.

Above video is a coverversion of the Hungarian 2013 entry Kedvesem by ByeAlex

It's sung in English by Eisenhauer and is titled One For Me.
The track wass released in May 2014 in Germany. The cdsingle includes four versions of the song.
One For Me - single version
One For Me - Thomas Lizzara mix
One For Me - "One Love" remix
One For Me - Karaoke
Out on Rhingtön (Universal Music), also available at your usual digital outlets.

Kedvesem ended 10th in the final in Malmö.
Read all about the original song and its versions here at the Malmö Collection.
For a coverversion by Swedish Eurovision singer Jan Johansen go here at Eurocovers.
Special thanks to Ivor Lyttle.

And here's a Swedish version by Mona Ersare

Here's a new Swedish coverversion of Kedvesem.
The singer is Mona Ersare. The track is released as a digital single.

More Hungarian stuff
Paprikajancsi (Puppet on a string)
Marika Késmárky a.k.a. Edina Pop
Zoller Zsolt - Szerelem miért múlsz
Toldy Mária -Viaszbaba - Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Takasa's You And Me the Estonian way

It's a well know fact Estonians like to sing, live to sing. So when this coverversion of the 2013 Swiss entry You And Me by Takasa  was recorded it was no problem to get 400 people to join in. The singers are from the Kärdla Uhisgümnaasium, which I guess is an Estonian education hotspot of some sorts. Nice and a funny video.
In Estonian the song is titled Ikka Jääd Sa Minuga which means something like Will you still be with me.

Having 400 people doing a Eurocover may well be a record (The Kärdla's think so and I'm not arguing)
Takasa (short for Them Of The Salvation Army) are breaking one of two records in Eurovision this year, at 95, Bassplayer Emil Ramsauer is the oldest artist to grace the Eurovision stage.
The other record is by Ukraine who are parading the tallest ever person on the stage.

Eurovision 2013 is imminent. For details on all this years entries, releases, recordings, charts and other trivia, please grace The Malmö Collection with a visit.
Eurocovers also has a bit about Bonnie.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Release news: O Vento Mudou - Ricardo Oliveira

Portugal decided to stay home for the Malmö contest. Sad of course, but they can make it up to us by sending Ricardo Oliveira when they return in 2014. All he needs is someone to write a classy tune and record it with the orchestra as featured in the videoclip above.

The clip, O Vento Mudou (The wind changes) is a coverversion of the Portuguese 1967 entry originally by Eduardo Nascimento (12th place).

The song (released as digital single) is taken from the album which also bears the title O Vento Mudou which was released in Februari. 
I'm loving it, Oliveira's great voice and fab orchestra give the song a new lease of life, very different from the (also amazing) original.

Eurovision related tracks:
The album includes 12 reworkings of milestones in Portuguese music history and two Eurovision songs are included.
Next to the 1967 entry there's Sol De Inverno (Winter sun) originally performed by Simone de Oliveira in the 1965 contest.

Another Eurovision related cover on O Vento Mudou is Flor Sem Tempo (Timeless flower) by Paulo De Carvalho. The song finished 2nd 1971 Portuguese national final.
From the 1976 Festival is No Teu Poema a song that ended third in the final with all songs by Carlos Do Carmo.

There's also 20 Anos, a song made famous by José Cid (ESC 1980),  Adeus Tristeza by Fernando Tordo (ESC 1973) and Pensando Em Ti, a 1978 hit for Gemini who entered Eurovision in the same year with Dai Li Dou.

2004 debut album
From Idols to The Voice
Ricardo participated in A Voz De Portugal (The Voice Of Portugal). He finished second, but it enabled him to record this album, 10 years after his first record* and his lauch at Ídolos, Portugese Idols (where he also finished second). (2003).
In the Idols final one of the songs he performed was Chamar A Musica, the 1994 Portuguese entry by Sara Tavares. At the final of A Voz Sara and Ricardo performed a duet: Bom Feeling.

*Pic from debut album nicked from e-bay.

Special thanks to José Antonio!
Full tracklist and a downloadable medley to sample the album are here at Universal Portugal
I don't know about the availablity of the album worldwide, but the CD is available at FNAC Portugal and the digital is at iTunes Portugal
For the Netherlands Ricardo's digital releases are available at MegaMedia. Germany: Amazon
O Vento Mudou, the 1967 EP sleeve

O Vento Mudou releases and coverversions.
Eduardo Nascimento released O Vento Mudou on an EP (Decca PEP 1193). He also released an English version Listen, released on a Decca promo EP with a front sleeve identical to the original EP.

Here’s a list of coverversions of O Vento Mudou that I know of and that have been officially released. If you know more, please let me know.

Nicolau Breyner
- on EP Livre (Tecla records TE 1016), re-issued on 1998 CD (Movieplay)
António Calvário (Eurovision 1964)
- on 7" and EP (EP: Spain Belter 51.791)
Da Vinci (Eurovision 1989)
- on CD Oicam (1995)
- on 7" and 12", see this Eurocovers post
María de Fátima (NL based fado singer)
- on CD O Vento Mudou (Silvox 2012)
Adelaide Ferreira (Eurovision 1985)
- on CD Sentidos (BMG 2000)
Artur García
- On EP Porta Secreta (5th in NF 67, Marfer MEL 2-056)
Rádio Clube Nora
- on CD Ver Sons (Arte2, 2006)
Maria de Lourdes Resende
- on EP (Alvorada AEP 60904)
Ricardo Oliveira
- on CD O Vento Mudou (Universal 2013)
- on CD Porqué ? (Columbia 2010)
Grande Orquestra De Luís Gomes
- Instrumental on CD Portugal Deluxe - Volume 2 - Um Cocktail Swingante (1998)
Thee Chargers
- Surf guitar Instrumental on CD The Mansion Of The Doomed (2009), listen here

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Here's a sweet video from Uzbekistan. Umidaxon's Dema Dema is a coverversion of Show Me Your Love by Tina Karol. (7th place for Ukraine in the 2006 Athens Eurovision)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sugarfree version of Bucks Fizz hit

Here's Belgian duo Sugarfree with their version of the 1981 Eurovision winner Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz.
Sugarfree (Gildy Florus and Nathalie Prins) already released a few radio hits in Belgium and hopefully they will break through in the charts with this one.

Geef Er Een Lap Op (Go for it, liberally translator ed.) is available through digital sources but also out on a one track cdsingle (CNR Damaro).
Digital at amazon, iTunes, Megamedia (NL)

Also check out the Sugarfree website (in Dutch)

U.K. winner Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz may be remembered of the skirt ripping gimmick, but the chirpy Eurovision jive also has proven itself as a true Eurovision classic.
The band went on to have an impressive string of hits including the magnificent My Camera Never Lies and the useful for Christmas hit The Land Of Make Believe, which was another international #1 for the band.
Two years ago the Fizz celebrated the 30th anniversary of the song by releasing a new version. (CD Up Until Now (The 30th Anniversary Hits Collection)).

Special thanks to JB!!!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Let's get loud!

Found a coverversion of the 2013 Swedish entry on the tube. The band are Outtrigger (no, me neither) and their version of Robin Stjernbergs You is destined for the highly coveted interval spot of Melodifestivalen 2014. Great stuff.

Find out more about You by Robin Stjernberg and Melodifestivalen 2013 here at the Malmö Collection.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Beam Me Up Bonnie!

With Bonnie Tyler being the U.K. singer for Malmö it's a good moment to take a look at this one, where things boldly go in ways unexpected.
Lin Yu Chun from Taiwan duets with the one and only William Shatner, Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. The clip is from the Lopez Tonight show, a U.S. late night show hosted by George Lopez (TBS).

Total Eclipse Of The Heart written by is a classic and Bonnie's biggest hit to date.
The song is written by Jim Steinman, the man who made Meatloaf the 80's staple diet and who gave Celine Dion It's All Coming Back To Me Now.

I love Startrek and William performing as a "singer" is one of those Space Oddities that make the universe such an exiting place to be part of.

Lin Yu Chun (林育羣) is no stranger to Eurocovers. The Taiwanese One Million Stars talent show sensation recorded a coverversion of the U.K. 2009 entry It's My Time (Jade Ewen).
More about that one here at Eurocovers.

Bonnie Tyler will represent the United Kingdom with Believe In Me from her new album Rocks And Honey.
Bits about Bonnie 2013 here at the Malmö Collection

Some more interesting Eclipses: One Direction, Josh Groban and Ellen Degeneres, Lucy Lawless (Xena) with Bonnie Tyler, 2000 Eurovision star Nicki French and even Metallica.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

David Sancho - Estando Contigo!!

Nice to see the old classics aren't forgotten.
Here's Spain's very first entry Estando Contigo (Conchita Bautista) in a new version by David Sancho. It is taken from the album Sancho and Swing from 2011.

Sancho first performed Estando Contigo in the Spanish casting pre-selection thingy to find the 2011 Eurovision artist, but he was axed at an early stage.

Sancho and Swing Website
Special thanks to José Antonio.
More Estando Contigo at Eurocovers

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Road To Malmö - The Bandaloop - Waterloo

The Bandaloop are in the race to become Austria's next Eurovision stars. Their song Back To Fantasy is one of the five songs competing in the Austrian National Final on Februari 15.
And Eurocovers is pleased to inform you all that the band have recorded ABBA's Waterloo after a 'meeting' with the Legendary Swedish band and made it available for you here, Yay! (more people should do that).
Credits: photo (c) Norbert Ivanek, wax figures (c) Madame Tussauds Wien

"Waterloo" is an exclusive gift for all the fans of The Bandaloop and is available until the 28th of February as free download here:
Download "Waterloo"  Hope you didn't miss it.

"Back To Fantasy" can be downloaded on iTunes:
"Back To Fantasy" on iTunes

The Bandaloop website, Also check out the Austria page at the Malmö Collection.

from their press message:
"Since this year's ESC finals will take place in Malmo, Sweden, the members of The Bandaloop - Barca Baxant, Justin Case and Mike Blitz - tried to gain some inspiration from the legendary Swedish band ABBA. Fortunately, they could easily "get in touch" with the most popular Swedish band in Vienna - for they are currently part of the exhibition at Madame Tussauds Wien, as a wax figure".

"ABBA used to give me a lot of inspiration when I was young. I was a huge fan of them!" so Barca Baxant, singer of The Bandaloop. Being able to represent Austria at the ESC, just like ABBA for Sweden did, is her greatest ambition for this Friday: "in 2013, we would like to reach what ABBA with 'Waterloo' did in 1974: the European crown of pop music!" Justin Case, bassist of The Bandaloop and king of the keyboards, loopers and all other electronic instruments in this project, spent the last few days working on their extraordinary cover version of the ABBA-hit: "with 'Waterloo', ABBA made Song Contest history at that time. On the one hand, it was an honour to work on our own interpretation of this song, and on the other hand, it was of course huge fun as well!" Finally, as Mike Blitz, drummer of The Bandaloop adds: "once we have performed our own version of 'Waterloo' this Friday and done our best at it, we hope to gain the sympathy of the audience. The song fits our style perfectly: electronic music with a touch of pop from the '70s and '80s, glowing in a new, fancy light!"

Special thanks to Marco

Sunday, February 10, 2013

女 Yan Kee - Puppet On A String

Bought A 4th Chinese version of 1967 Eurovision winner Puppet On A String by Sandie Shaw.
I'm a bit clueless here.  The girl is called Rose (something) (玫瑰 = Rose) and the song seems to be titled 女 Yan Kee (Nu Yan Kee). I haven't been able to find any info on the net searching by record label and all that and off course I'm rubbish at Chinese characters. And is it Mandarin, Cantonese or another Chinese language?.
Po-Lo records MEP 3070. Please E-mail me for  or if you can help.

Post with the other Chinese puppets:
Lara Tan's Emotional man.

Betty Chung - Is that a big string in your hand or....

Sakura Teng and the Quests
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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Zoller Zsolt - Szerelem miért múlsz

Here's a Hungarian bloke in his basement recording a coverversion of Szerelem Miért Múlsz (What about my dreams), in a Mike 'I play all the instruments myself' Oldfield way.
The track is a rock version of Kati Wolfs Eurovision entry in 2011. 
The clip just struck me for its passion and professionality (and the loud shirt) and is well worth checking out.

Monday, January 07, 2013

It's Anita Skorgan Day!

Sadly it's not a new national holiday for the the Norwegians (although it should be). Norwegian TV2 has started their second season of Hver gang vi møtes (Every time we meet), a TV series where seven artists sing each others songs.
The first week of season 2 starts with Anita Skorgan Day and it is filled with Eurovision goodies.
Anita Skorgan entered the contest three times as a singer plus twice as songwriter. Her three Eurovision songs are featured in this episode. 
Digital release artwork
The songs from this episode have been released through iTunes and other sources, it features all studio recordings. A CD will be released on februari 4 on EMI Norway. This will include 25 tracks from seven episodes, so I don't know yet which tracks from the Anita Skorgans Dag EP will be on it.
Update: The CD Hver Gang Vi Møtes, Sesong 2 has been released. It includes three tracks from Anita Skorgans day (marked * below).

The following tracks are on the digital EP, not sure if it's sold outside Norway yet.

Marion Ravn - Casanova*
- Casanova was Anita Skorgans first Eurovision entry (1977). It ended only 15th but was a #4 hit in Norway. Marion was a member of duo M2M who scored an international hit in 1999 with Don't Say You Love Me, a theme song from the first Pokemon movie.

Magnus Grønneberg - Hvor Er Du Nå
Hvor Er Du Nå is a Skorgan song from 1981 originally released on the album Pastell.
Grønneberg is known as the lead singer of CC Cowboys (no, me neither....) and has released two solo albums in the early 00's.

Ole Paus - For Vår Jord*
For Vår Jord, Norways 1988 entry was performed by Karoline Krüger and ended 5th in the contest. The song is written by Anita Skorgan who recorded a version of the song herself in 2009 for her compilation album Hele Veien - 47 Utvalgte Sanger. Anita also featured as a backing vocalist for Krüger at the contest.
Ole Paus is a celebrated singer-songwriter who has released 30 albums since 1970.

Lene Marlin - Is It True
- Is It True was originally released in 2008 on Anita Skorgans Christmas album Julenatt. Lene Marlin is best known for her hit Sitting Down Here.

Kurt Nilsen - Adieu*
- Adieu from 1982 was a duet with legendary Norwegian Eurovision star Jahn Teigen. It ended 12th in 1982 and became a #3 hit (and a classic).
Kurt Nilsen, remember him? He was the winner of the one-off world wide talent show World Idol, where eleven local Idols winners battled it out for this prestigious title that (rightfully) never was to be repeated again.
He scored an international hit with She’s So High and made a nice living for himself in Norway scoring several #1 hits and five very successful albums.
At the time of writing Nilsens Adieu is #1 in the iTunes charts.
A new album Inni En God Periode will be released this week, (but Adieu is not on the tracklist)

Morten Abel - Oliver
- Oliver, Anita’s second effort in 1979 did a bit better than her first: 11th place. And a #6 hit. Morten Abel is a succesful singer in Norway where he scored six top 10 albums (incl 3 #1's)

Anita Skorgans Hele Veien compilation album is available at BeaRecords. All songs mentioned above are included on the 2CD in their original versions, except For Vår Jord, which is a re-recording by Anita Skorgan.
Hver gang vi møtes is the Norwegian version of De beste zangers van Nederland (The best singers of...) a Dutch concept which also runs in Sweden, Finland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Spain.

And don't forget to check out The Malmö Collection, collecting all details on the releases of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

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