Category:Eurovision Song Contest entrants of 1981
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The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bucks Fizz – Bucks Fizz are a British pop group that achieved success in the 1980s, most notably for winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up. The group was formed in January 1981 specifically for the contest and comprised four vocalists, Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and they achieved instant attention with the dance routine which accompanied the song, involving a skirt-rip. They also had UK Top 10 hits with Now Those Days Are Gone, If You Cant Stand the Heat, When We Were Young and their worldwide record sales have exceeded 15 million. The line-up of the group has changed a number of times over the years, in late 1980, Nichola Martin and Andy Hill sought to create a new group to enter their song Making Your Mind Up in the Eurovision Song Contest. The first member to be recruited was Mike Nolan, who was known to Martin, together, they recorded a demo of the song and entered it for inclusion in A Song for Europe – the preliminary heats for the contest. Realising that a name was needed for the artists, Martin quickly decided on Bucks Fizz. In January, Martin contacted Cheryl Baker to join them, as he remembered her from the 1978 Eurovision group, concurrent to this, Martin was holding auditions for another male vocalist and female vocalist, should Baker turn down the position. At the end of auditions, Martin had found a male singer, Stephen Fischer and female. Fischer then became unavailable as he was starring in a musical at the time and Martin hired another auditionee, the four members met for the first time on 11 January 1981. An associate of Martins, Jill Shirley agreed to manage the group, the routine itself was choreographed by Chrissie Wickham, a former member of dance troupe, Hot Gossip, although Martin, Baker and Aston have all since laid claim to the skirt-rip idea. On 11 March, A Song for Europe took place with the unknown Bucks Fizz competing against well-known act Liquid Gold, as well as Hill and Martins own group, Making Your Mind Up became an easy winner and the group recorded the song with Hill as producer. Later in the month it was released as a single and entered the charts at No.24, by the time the contest was staged, the single had risen to No.2. On 4 April, Bucks Fizz represented United Kingdom in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, although they were favourites to win, the song faced stiff competition and after a vocally unsound rendition, the early votes were poor. Halfway through the process, Bucks Fizz took the lead. Ultimately, Bucks Fizz won the contest by a margin of four points, Making Your Mind Up became a major hit around the continent, reaching No.1 in the UK as well as eight other countries. It charted highly in other such as Australia, eventually selling four million copies worldwide. A follow-up single was recorded amid promotional tours and the image was revamped. In May, the single Piece of the Action was released, the song boasted a contemporary pop sound and high production values, in contrast to the rocknroll style of Making Your Mind Up
2. Cheryl Baker – Cheryl Baker is an English television presenter and singer. She best known for being a member of 1980s pop group Bucks Fizz, the group had 20 singles reach the UK top 60 between 1981 and 1988, including three number one hits with Making Your Mind Up, The Land of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies. Baker left the group in 1993 and she had previously represented the UK at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest as a member of the band Co-Co. In 2004, she began performing alongside Shelley Preston and fellow original Bucks Fizz member Mike Nolan as The Original Bucks Fizz, Preston was replaced by original Bucks Fizz member Jay Aston in 2009. Due to a dispute in 2011, the group now call themselves Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston. Cheryl Baker was born in Bethnal Green, London, after leaving school and a series of secretarial jobs, she began her professional singing career with the band Co-Co. The group entered A Song for Europe in 1976 with the song Wake Up and they came second, being beaten by Brotherhood of Man by two points. The group continued to perform together and in 1978, they entered A Song for Europe again with The Bad Old Days and this time they won and went on to perform for the UK in Paris. The song managed 11th place - the lowest placing by a UK entry up to that point, the song became a hit single, reaching 13 in the UK Singles Chart. On the back of this, the released their first album as well as further singles. None of these found any success, in 1980, the group tried for Eurovision one more time. Now under a new name, The Main Event, their song Gonna Do My Best came last in A Song for Europe and soon afterwards, joined by Mike Nolan, Bobby G and Jay Aston, Baker performed the song at the contest and won. On 4 April 1981, Baker represented the UK again at the Eurovision Song Contest, the song went on to win by a margin of four points and Bucks Fizz were catapulted into overnight stardom. By winning the contest, Baker became only the singer to represent the UK twice, following in the footsteps of Ronnie Carroll. This feat, however, was matched once again the following year, by Sally Ann Triplett. When Bucks Fizz went on to win the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up, Making Your Mind Up became a No.1 hit in many countries, including the UK and began a run of success for the group for the next five years. Baker along with the group toured the world and gained many hit singles and albums, Bucks Fizz became established as one of the biggest groups of the 1980s. On 11 December 1984 Baker was involved in a crash, while on tour with the group
3. Jay Aston – Jay Hilda Aston is an English singer and occasional songwriter. She was a member of the British pop group Bucks Fizz and she was the youngest member of the groups original line-up, being just 19 when they won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest. While Aston was a member, the group had 12 of their 13 UK top 40 hit singles, since 2009, she has performed alongside fellow original Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan. The group used to perform under the name The Original Bucks Fizz and they are now known as Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, formerly of Bucks Fizz. Aston was born in Purley, Surrey, and came from a theatrical/circus family and her father was a comedian, her mother a former dancer before she became her husbands straight man. Her brother, Lance, had performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980 with the band Prima Donna. Aston herself trained as a dancer, singer and actress at the Italia Conti School of Speech and Drama, Aston was one of the four original members of Bucks Fizz when they were formed in 1981 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. They won with Making Your Mind Up and the song went to one in many countries. Astons interest in fashion and design came into use while with the group as she designed many of the groups stage outfits. In 1983, she performed the vocal to the song When We Were Young. Aston became known for her love of physical exercise and released an album in early 1984 called Shape Up. This activity however also led to her becoming the victim of an attack while out jogging and she fought off the attacker and recovered well from the incident, which became the subject of newspaper coverage. In December 1984, while on tour, Bucks Fizz were involved in a accident in which Aston. By this time, tensions within the group had risen to the point that Aston was eager to leave, however, the following year, she left the group in acrimonious circumstances. The groups management company took Aston to court under the terms of her contract, forced to sell her house, the early 1990s saw Aston living in a small bedsit in Croydon on Housing benefits. Her brother had married Shakespears Sister star Marcella Detroit who encouraged her to new songs. In 1993 Aston released a single Naked Phoenix and recorded an album of songs and this same year she contributed a song to the controversial Michael Winner film, Dirty Weekend. By 1995 she was living with her parents but was writing and recording music
4. Finn Kalvik – Finn Bjørn Kalvik is a Norwegian singer and composer. He was born in Fåvang, but his family moved to the class district of Grorud. Early in his career Kalvik found success putting music to the poetry of popular Norwegian writers André Bjerke and Inger Hagerup. He made his breakthrough in 1969 with the song Finne meg sjæl and his first four albums reached top 15 on the Norwegian record charts, Tusenfryd og grå hverdag, Finn, Nøkkelen ligger under matta and Fyll mine seil. The 1979 album Kom ut kom fram was produced by ABBA member/composer Benny Andersson, the 1982 album Tenn dine vakre øyne reached top 20 on the charts. One of the songs on Natt og dag was Aldri i livet, however his performance in the European finals ended with an infamous zero points. The song was still a big success in Norway, and was recorded in English as Here in My Heart with lyrics by Ralph McTell and backing vocals by ABBAs Agnetha Fältskog. He returned to Melodi Grand Prix once more in 1987 when he sang his song Malene to a place in the Norwegian selection. The song was dedicated to his daughter, later albums include Det søte liv, Livets lyse side, Innsida ut, I egne hender, Imellom to evigheter, Klassisk Kalvik, Dagdrivernotater and Klassisk Kalvik II. The two Klassisk Kalvik albums were re-recordings of old songs with a symphony orchestra, in 2000 Kalvik also scored a hit with a version of Anderssons song Tröstevisa, performed as a duet with Swedish singer CajsaStina Åkerström. Kalvik is also an avid painter, in 1998 the comedy program Åpen post featured a segment called Finn Kalvik-nyhetene, Finn Kalvik news, where jokes were made about Kalvik. The segment caused mental distress for Kalvik, and the jokesters Harald Eia and Bård Tufte Johansen had to apologize publicly
5. Mike Nolan (singer) – Mike Nolan is a singer who is best known as one of the four original members of the British pop group, Bucks Fizz. He was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, but brought up in the UK, as a member of Bucks Fizz, he won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and achieved 20 UK top 60 singles between 1981 and 1988, including three number one hits. He was a member of the group until 1996, since 2004, he has been a member of the group The Original Bucks Fizz or OBF, along with other former Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker, Shelley Preston and Jay Aston. After a series of dead end jobs, Mike Nolan began performing in the mid-1970s in pubs around London, playing the guitar and he was also auditioning for a variety of groups as a vocalist. It was in 1976 that he auditioned for his first serious band. This group went under the name Brooks and were put together by Freya Miller, the group was a four piece boyband, consisting of Nolan, Ben Ellison, John Humphreys and Peter Pereira. They were designed to be a 1970s version of The Monkees, originally the group also included Chris Hamill, who went on to become famous as Limahl. Despite multiple TV appearances, magazine interviews and several singles, the never had a hit. As Nolan later reasoned, the idea of the group was dated, in 1980, Nolan was contacted by composer/manager Nichola Martin. She had a song entitled Making Your Mind Up, which had composed by her boyfriend, Andy Hill. The demo was recorded by Nolan and Martin and was accepted as one of the finalists, Martin then worked on finding other singers to build a group around him. Nolan along with singers Bobby G, Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston became known as Bucks Fizz, in February, they won the 1981 A Song for Europe with Making Your Mind Up. Two months later, they won the Eurovision final itself, the group were catapulted to fame overnight and the song made No.1 in several countries, including the UK. Over the next few years, Bucks Fizz became one of the biggest pop groups in the UK with several hit singles and albums, Nolan became known as the male pin-up of the group and attracted many fans through his good looks. He also gained acclaim for his lead vocal on the top ten hit Now Those Days Are Gone. While on tour on 11 December 1984, Bucks Fizz were involved in a coach crash. The tour bus they were travelling in crashed into a lorry and all four members were injured, Nolan was featured on the front page of many of the tabloids over the next few days with headlines declaring him to be on the brink of death. After three days, he awoke and spent the six months recuperating before returning to work with the group
6. Peter, Sue and Marc – Peter, Sue and Marc were a Swiss music group from Bern. The members were Peter Reber, Sue Schell, and Marc Dietrich and they represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest four times and sold over 2 million records in Switzerland. They held concerts in countries including Germany, Austria. Their greatest hit was Cindy in 1976, the song Birds of paradise became a hit in Slovakia in 2006. Initially the song was played at the funeral of 42 military plane crash victims, following that people flooded radio stations across the country with requests for this song. During their career, Peter Sue and Marc made many attempts to sing at Eurovision. They came third in the 1973 Swiss qualifier with Es kommt ein Tag, in 1974 they again missed out on a place at the final, this time with the song Frei. 1975 saw them finish in place in the Swiss heat with Lève-toi le soleil. In 1978 they took part in the German finals, and their entry, in 1987 Marc attempted to represent Switzerland with the song Nostradamus, finishing second behind Carol Rich. The Birds of Paradise was covered by the Russian singer Dmitry Selivanov in 1987 and released in 1990
7. Tommy Seebach – Tommy Seebach, born Tommy Seebach Mortensen in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a popular Danish singer, composer, organist, pianist and producer. He was the father of songwriter/producer Nicolai Seebach and singer/songwriter/producer Rasmus Seebach, Seebach began his musical career as an organist in his own group The Colours at age 14. In the following years he played in pop and beat groups. He played the piano with various orchestras and groups, sometimes going under the name of Boogie-Woogie-Tommy and he gained mainstream popularity in Denmark in 1965, when he became a member of the band Sir Henry and his Butlers, writing many of their most popular hits. He also worked as an engineer at the Rosenberg Studio in Copenhagen. In 1976 he emerged as a solo artist. His hit album Tommygum was released in 1977, at the same time he was in high demand as a producer at his record company EMI, where he was involved in projects for artists such as Lecia & Lucienne. It was at time that he recorded and performed Apache. Seebach competed seven times in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, only one other act, the Hot Eyes, has ever won the competition three times. In 1979, his song Disco Tango, coauthored with Keld Heick, finishing 6th at the Eurovision Song Contest 1979, it became a major hit both in Denmark and other European countries. A friendship with fellow contenders Black Lace led to Tommy, producing the single Hey Hey Jock McCray for the band, in 1980, his song Bye-Bye, performed by the duo Lecia & Lucienne, came in 7th. In 1981, he won the once again, in a duet with Debbie Cameron. The song Krøller eller ej, was coauthored with Keld Heick. Translated as Straight or Curly Hair, it finished 11th at Eurovision Song Contest 1981, Cameron has later alleged that Denmark and Israel had been among countries whose sound checks had been sabotaged in order to bring The UKs Bucks Fizz to victory. In 1982, his song Hip hurra det’ min fødselsdag, performed by himself, in 1984, Pyjamas for to came in fourth. In 1985, Det’ det jeg altid har sagt came in second, in 1987, Det’ gratis came in fourth. In 1993, Seebach won the competition again, performing the song Under stjernerne på himlen, written together with Keld Heick and he had submitted the song several times before, but had been turned down. At the time, the public interest in the Song Contest, deemed cheesy by the elite, was fading
8. Riki Sorsa – Richard Esko Riki Sorsa was a Finnish pop singer. He started his career in 1974 as the singer in the band The Zoo. He represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981 with the entry Reggae OK, the song was composed by Jim Pembroke, the lyrics were written by Olli Ojala, and it was conducted by Otto Donner. Sorsa released several albums, singing in Finnish, Swedish, Sorsa died of cancer on 10 May 2016