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Songs of Europe (1981 concert)

Songs of Europe
Final date 22 August 1981
Venue Mysen, Norway
Presenter(s) Rolf Kirkvaag
Titten Tei
Host broadcaster EBU, NRK
Number of entries 21 songs from 1956 to 1981

Songs of Europe is a concert television programme commemorating the Eurovision Song Contest's twenty-fifth anniversary. The event was held in Mysen, Norway in 1981, featuring nearly all the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest from its first edition in 1956 to 1981, and broadcast to more than 100 million viewers all over Europe.

The concert, which was the largest ever in Norway at the time, and still the largest in Mysen, was hosted by Norwegian television personalities Rolf Kirkvaag and Titten Tei, who led the two-hour live broadcast in English, German, French, Norwegian and Spanish. In the United Kingdom, a highlights programme was broadcast by BBC Two on 25 September 1981 and presented by Terry Wogan. BBC Radio 2 transmitted the concert on 26 December 1981.

It is the biggest concert arranged to feature such an amount of Eurovision Song Contest artists and more specifically winners performing at once, with 21 out of a total 29 winners (four winners in the 1969 Contest) attending to perform their past winning songs; that is with the Eurovision Song Contest's fiftieth anniversary, Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, featuring most of the artists as guests and not as performers, and the Contest's sixtieth anniversary, Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits, featuring fifteen artists acts.

The show

The songs were performed and shown in videos, in accordance to the chronological order of the Eurovision Song Contest's winners from the first edition in 1956 up to and including the 1981 edition; although 1981 was the 26th edition, it was held a few months prior to the concert and thus included in it. Some snippets of earlier ESC performances intermingled into the show. 21 acts performed their winning songs live, including three out of the four winners of the 1969 Contest. The remaining eight winners, marked in light red, were shown in video footages of their performances in their respective editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.

No. Country Language Artist Song English translation
1956   Switzerland French Lys Assia "Refrain" Chorus
1957  Netherlands Dutch Corry Brokken "Net als toen" Just like then
1958  France French André Claveau "Dors, mon amour" Sleep, my love
1959  Netherlands Dutch Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" A little bit
1960  France French Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi"
1961  Luxembourg French Jean-Claude Pascal "Nous les amoureux" We the lovers
1962  France French Isabelle Aubret "Un premier amour" A first love
1963  Denmark Danish Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann "Dansevise" Dance ballad
1964  Italy Italian Gigliola Cinquetti "Non ho l'età" I'm not old enough
1965  Luxembourg French France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" Wax doll, sawdust doll
1966  Austria German Udo Jürgens "Merci, Chérie" Thank you, darling
1967  United Kingdom English Sandie Shaw "Puppet on a String"
1968  Spain Spanish Massiel "La, la, la"
1969  France French Frida Boccara "Un jour, un enfant" A day, a child
 Netherlands Dutch Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" The troubadour
 Spain Spanish Salomé "Vivo cantando" I live singing
 United Kingdom English Lulu "Boom Bang-a-Bang"
1970  Ireland English Dana "All Kinds of Everything"
1971  Monaco French Séverine "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" A bench, a tree, a street
1972  Luxembourg French Vicky Leandros "Après toi" After You
1973  Luxembourg French Anne-Marie David "Tu te reconnaîtras" You will recognise yourself
1974  Sweden English ABBA "Waterloo"
1975  Netherlands English Teach-In "Ding-a-dong"
1976  United Kingdom English Brotherhood of Man "Save Your Kisses for Me"
1977  France French Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" The bird and the child
1978  Israel Hebrew Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" (א-ב-ני-בי) I love you
1979  Israel Hebrew Milk and Honey "Hallelujah" (הללויה) -
1980  Ireland English Johnny Logan "What's Another Year"
1981  United Kingdom English Bucks Fizz "Making Your Mind Up"


1.^ Attended the show as a guest in the audience.
2.^ The song also contains phrases in French.
3.^ Gali Atari who originally sung with Milk and Honey, didn't come to Norway and so Lea Lupatin replaced her.
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