#OBITUARY: Sweden’s Lill-Babs has died
Sweden’s entrant in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, Lill-Babs, has died aged 80 after a short illness.
Born Barbro Margareta Svensson on 9 March 1938, she is best known in Eurovision circles for singing ‘April, April’ when the contest was held in Cannes in 1961. Her’s wasnt the best finish Sweden has ever achieved, with her amassing two points from the French jury. Here’s her song, written by Bobby Ericsson and Bo Eneby:
Lill-Babs was given her stage name to distinguish her from [older] singer Alice Babs (who also sang in Eurovision). Her appeareance in 1961 was despite Siw Malmkvist winning Melodifestivalen 1961 with ‘April, April’. Lill-Babs finished second but got the ticket to the south of France. She had also tried in 1960, and tried again in 1973, both without success. She also tried to represent Norway in 1969
Between 1965 and 1968, Lill-Babs was married to Lars Berghagen, a man seven years her junior. As you’ll know, he represented Sweden in 1975 when the contest was in Stockholm. With him, she had a daughter Malin. Lill-Babs had three husbands in total, and had another two daughters.
One of her other claims to fame was when she met the Beatles in 1963 when they appeared on SVT’s music ‘Drop-in’. They asked her for her autograph!
Since the 1960s, Lill-Babs was a regular on Swedish TV, hosting her own shows. She also recorded a number of albums, the most recent in 2005.
Eurovision Ireland offers its condolences to Babs’ family at this time.
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland, Svenskdam, Youtube