Every day until December 24, we’re stuffing your stockings with a new Eurovision poll and asking for your opinion about important matters such as which male and female Eurovision star you want under your Christmas tree and which past Eurovision singer was the best host. Consider this our advent calendar for 2015. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can let us know your thoughts each and every day by casting your vote and sounding off in our comments section. Time is running out before Christmas, so let’s hurry to today’s poll!
Day 17: Vintage Eurovision winners
This year we celebrated the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, we have seen total of 63 winners and over 1400 songs. We’ve come from just black and white to contest shining in all colours.
But which of the first 17 winners is your favourite? We have listed all the winners from 1956 to 1969 and you have to choose the best out of these. Check the box next to all your favourites’ names and press submit. You can vote for as many songs as you wish, but your vote only counts once.
1956: Lys Assia – “Refrain”
Lys Assia sang “Refrain” for Switzerland and was crowned as the first ever Eurovision winner. At the first edition of the contest, each country sent two songs. Lys sang both the Swiss entries, but the placement for her other song, “Das Alte Karussell” — or any of the other songs — was never revealed. Lys later returned to the contest twice more and has been invited as a special guest in past years.
1957: Corry Brokken – “Net als toen”
Netherlands’ Corry Brokken won the contest in 1957, giving the country the first of their four victories. Corry took part in the contest three times, debuting in 1956 and finishing dead last in 1958. Later she returned to host the contest in 1976.
1958: André Claveau – “Dors, mon amour”
Domenico Modugno finished third with “Nel blu dipinto di blu” – also known as “Volare” – which later became a huge hit, while past winner Lys Assia came second. But the winner was France’s André Claveau with “Dors, mon amour”.
1959: Teddy Scholten – “Een beetje”
Teddy Scholten brought Netherlands their second victory by winning with “Een beetje”. The song is written by Willy van Hemert, who became the first person to win the contest twice. He also wrote the first Dutch winning song “Net als toen”.
1960: Jacqueline Boyer – “Tom Pillibi”
Again in 1960, France won the contest. Jacqueline Boyer left United Kingdom and Monaco behind with her song “Tom Pillibi”. Jacqueline was invited to perform at the Euro Fan Café in Vienna this year.
1961: Jean-Claude Pascal – “Nous les amourex”
Luxembourg won for the first time in 1961. Jean-Claude Pascal later returned to the contest in 1981 and placed 11th. For the first time the contest was held on Saturday evening, which later became the permanent spot for the final.
1962: Isabelle Aubret – “Un premier amour”
Isabelle Aubret earned France their third victory in 1962. “Un premier amour” got the maximum three points from five juries.
1963: Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann – “Dansevise”
Denmark became the first Nordic country to win the contest. Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann also became the first duo to win the contest. They beat Switzerland by two points, what was the lowest margin so far.
1964: Gigliola Cinquetti – “Non ho l’età”
Gigliola Cinquetti was the clear winner of 1964 contest. She was the favourite of half the juries and left United Kingdom behind by 32 points. Gigliola later returned to the contest and placed second with “Sì” and hosted the contest in 1991.
1965: France Gall – “Poupée de cire, poupée de son”
France Gall took Luxembourg their second victory in 1965. “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” was different from past winners by being an uptempo pop track. The song was translated to almost 20 languages and France herself recorded it in French, German, Italian and Japanese.
1966: Udo Jürgens – “Merci, Chérie”
Austria debuted in 1957, but had to wait until 1966 to win the contest. Udo won the contest on his third time, after finishing sixth in 1964 and fourth in 1965. Austria had to wait for their second victory until 2014.
1967: Sandie Shaw – “Puppet on a String”
After finishing second for four times, United Kingdom finally managed to win the contest. “Puppet on a String” topped the charts all over the Europe and stayed at the number one spot in United Kingdom for three weeks.
1968: Massiel – “La, la, la”
“La, la, la” became Spain’s first winner in 1968 — even most of the lyrics were “la” after another. Massiel won over British superstar Cliff Richard by one point.
1969: Salomé – “Vivo cantando”
The 14th edition of the contest was close to erupting in chaos, as four songs topped the scoreboard with 18 points each and the producers had no tie-break system. The solution: all four songs were declared winners. The first of them was Spain’s “Vivo cantando”, performed by Salomé in a dress made of porcelain beads. For the first time a country won the contest two times in a row.
1969: Lulu – “Boom Bang-a-Bang”
Lulu got United Kingdom their second victory with “Boom Bang-a-Bang”. The song became the biggest commercial success of the four winners and was recorded in many languages.
1969: Lenny Kuhr – “De troubadour”
Lenny Kuhr accompanied herself with guitar when performing her entry “De troubadour”. This was the Netherlands’ third victory.
1969: Frida Boccara – “Un jour, un enfant”
The last of the four winners was France’s “Un jour, un enfant”. Frida Boccara later recorded the song in four more languages — English, German, Spanish and Italian.