Last week,we at Eurovision Ireland started our series looking at the fate and fortunes of acts who have graced the Eurovision stage over the years once they have had their minutes of glory in the contest. Today, we are going to look at the fortunes of Lulu, who will be very well known to many of us who have been around long enough to remember the 60’s and 70’s in the UK .
Apppearance at Eurovision
Lulu is especially known to UK TV audiences of the 1960’s , becoming well known for her version of the hit ” Shout” in 1964 . She was born in Stirlingshire and started singing from aged 12 and afterwards with a group called The Bellrocks . She also appeared in and sang the theme song of the film “To sir with Love” in 1967.
In 1969 ,Lulu was approached by Bill Cotton, who was then head of light entertainments for the UK broadcaster the BBC , Lulu appeared in front of British TV viewers singing 6 songs, of which Boom Bang a bang was chosen. Lulu sang her heart out in Madrid and won, only thing was, so did three other countries, Spain, Netherlands and France , who all tied with the UK for first place in the first time ever for this to happen at Eurovision! This became a defining moment for the contest as the following year the rules were changed to prevent such a thing happening again. Lulu apparently later said of her experience ;
“I know it’s a rotten song, but I won, so who cares? I’d have sung Ba ba black sheep standing on my head if that’s what it took to win”
Life after Eurovision
After the contest Lulu continued to be a household name on British TV during the 70’s . She appeared in many British TV shows , such as The Morecambe and Wise show , in 1974 the BBC’s anniversary show ” Fifty years of music” , Monty Python’s Flying Circus, to name but a few. In 1974 she performed the title song for the James Bond film ” The Man with the Golden Gun”. She also covered songs from David Bowie , such as ” The Man who sold the World” and “Watch that man” with Bowie providing the backing vocals.
In the 80’s , Lulu’s chart successes declined but she was still making stage appearances in theatre . In the 2000’s she appeared with the group Take that , performing their song ” Relight my Fire”.
Lulu has not made a return to Eurovision in a competitive role but she has made a couple of re-connections with the contest since 1969. In 1975 she presented the UK National final when The Shadows were chosen to represent the UK and in 2009, she made a brief return to the world of Eurovision as an advisor/coach in the BBC show ” Eurovision -Your Country needs you ” the series which helped to choose the UK act for 2009 .
In her personal life, Lulu was briefly married to the now late Maurice Gibb , of Bee Gees fame from 1969-1973 and then later to the hairdresser John Frieda in 1977. They had one son, Jordan.
These days Lulu is still touring and in 2019 did a rendition of “Shout” at the Miss World Contest in 2019
What do you think? Would you like to see Lulu make an appearance at Eurovision again in some role? Either competing, giving the UK votes or performing on stage as an interval act ? Please feel free to leave your thoughts.
Author : Sarah Rudman
Source: You Tube Wikipedia.com
Categories: United Kingdom