Sunday, December 21, 2014

MERCI, UDO JüRGENS

Udo Jürgens saw Austria win Eurovision song contest again this May after 48 years since his victory back in 1966 with Merci chérie but he didn't live to see the contest take place in Vienna again next May. Udo, aged 80, passed away today. He was also supposed to feature in the interval act next May.
Besides winning Eurovision with his third consecutive try he was a superstar in the German speaking world with over 800 songs to his credit and sales of over 100 million records. His career started in 1950 with Je t'aime and over the years his songs were covered by world famous artists who in turn made them hits, like Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr.... He released over 60 albums since 1965, his latest one, Mitten in Leben, came out this year. Merci for your music, Udo. 

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