One of Eurovision 1969’s four winners, Dutch songstress Lenny Kuhr, has revealed that she originally wanted to sing a different song at Eurovision than “De troubadour”.
Lenny Kuhr shared the news in a tweet on her personal page:
— Lenny Kuhr (@LenKuhr) January 15, 2019
It shows a hand-typed letter, sent to the Dutch broadcaster, after they had asked her to perform one of her songs at Nationaal Songfestival, the preselection of the Netherlands for Eurovision at the time.
Lenny Kuhr’s letter promoting “Mais non, monsieur”
“Dear Mr Stamor,
I received your writing of 3-1-1969, in which you announced to me that you had proposed me as an entry at the Nationaal Songfestival 1969 with pleasure. I would therefore like to happily accept this invitation, though with the added knowledge, that I will support the song to be sung by me wholeheartedly.
In the mean time, I already contacted my producer, Bert Schouten, who I told, that I think, and with some other people, including Nico Knapper, one of my songs, “Mais non, monsieur”, is especially suited for this song contest.
As you requested, I already contacted my producer Bert Schouten.
In the wait of your future writings, I sign, yours sincerely,
As we know, “De troubadour” was chosen as the Dutch entry for Eurovision that year, with “Mais non, monsieur” ending up as the B-side of the winning song. Sadly, a recording of “Mais non, monsieur” is not available online.
Lenny Kuhr did not reveal the reason why she didn’t sing “Mais non, monsieur” in Madrid, but the fact that the song was recorded in French might be the reason for that. In 1969, countries were only allowed to sing in one of their official languages.
Ms. Kuhr had plenty of other opportunities to sing in French after the contest, touring France in the 1970s and collaborating with amongst other Les Poppys on the Dutch-French song “Visite”.
Kuhr’s career after the contest has been fruitful. She’s released over twenty albums and earlier this year she announced a crowdfunding appeal for an album to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of her Eurovision win. For some time, it sadly looked like the goal would not be reached, but in the end she managed it.
Although she has produced, written and released many albums through the decades, she is no longer that familiar to the Dutch public. In a 2015 TV series celebrating the Eurovision Song Contest’s 60th anniversary by AVROTROS, many celebs failed to recognise her and didn’t know that she was even a Eurovision winner.
Lenny Kuhr has clearly become a forgotten gem and could not count on support of the bigger talk shows and media during the crowdfunding process of her forthcoming album. It is impressive that her many fans managed to fund an additional album for her jubilee. We are looking forward to it and wish her the best for the 50th anniversary!
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Pictures: ANP Kippa, Lenny Kuhr