2014 saw the untimely death of Austria’s first ever Eurovision winner and legend Udo Jürgens.
Udo won the contest in 1966 with his classic Eurovision song ‘Merci, Chérie’. 1966 was his 3rd time to represent Austria at the contest in succession.
In 1964 he came 6th with the song “Warum nur warum?”, in 1965 he came 4th with the song “Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen” and then came his victory in 1966 with “Merci, Chérie”.
Mr Jürgens passed away at his home in Switzerland where he had become a resident. He was 80 years old yet was still performing and popular across Europe.
In a career spanning over 50 years he had sold over 100 million records and had written songs and recorded with artists like Shirley Bassey and Matt Monro to The Supremes.
Last week ORF and Austrian stars paid tribute to Udo Jürgens with a live televised celebration of his career. It was fitting that Austria’s other Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst performed Jürgens most popular song ‘Walk Away’ to thunderous applause from the audience.
The perfect celebration of Udo Jürgens life and career.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland