British singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, who represented the UK in 1977 with “Rock Bottom”, has died aged 64 of a suspected brain haemorrhage.
De Paul co-wrote and duetted on “Rock Bottom” with Mike Moran. Their catchy ode to relationship resilience saw the UK place second, with the song charting in eight European countries. Lynsey returned to the world of the ESC in 2012 as a UK jury member.
Aside from her Eurovision success, De Paul also had a career as a pop star. Her biggest hit was the saucy “Sugar Me”, which was a number-one European hit in 1972.
De Paul was also a notable songwriter and in 1974 was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award. She won a second Novello the following year.
Speaking to the BBC, broadcaster Esther Rantzen praised de Paul, saying, “She could do everything – she could sing, she could compose, she was an immensely talented artist.”