Germany - Margot Eskens - Die Zeiger Der Uhr (German)
Music/Lyrics: Walter Dobschinski/Hans Bradtke
Conductor: Willy Berking
Margo and Germany came to the contest with a gentle, floating ballad, something they hadn’t really tried before.
| Ulla Pia
||Denmark – Ulla Pia - Stop, Ja Stop - Ja Stop, Mens Legen Er Go (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: Erik Kåre/Erik Kåre
Conductor: Arne Lamberth
Lots of brass moves this song along quite briskly. It occasionally pauses before re-launching itself on the listener.
Belgium – Tonia - Un Peu De Poivre, Un Peu De Sel (French)
Music/Lyrics: Paul Quintens/Phil van Cauwenbergh
Conductor: Jean Roderes
This is a lively piece of 60’s French pop, which keeps Tonia very busy. She sings non stop from start to finish.
| Michèle Torr
Luxembourg - Michèle Torr - Ce Soir Je T'attendais (French)
Music/Lyrics: Bernard Kesslair/Jacques Chaumelle
Conductor: Jean Roderes
The introduction makes you think that Tom Jones is about to leap on to the stage. However, the very feminine looking (and sounding) Michèle starts singing. She sings a mid-tempo song which builds for the chorus and even more at the end.
| Berta Ambroz
||Yugoslavia - Berta Ambroz - Brez Besed (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Mojmir Sepe/Elza Budav
Conductor: Mojmir Sepe
Yugoslavia were starting to establish themselves as a country to be relied on to provide a decent song. ‘Brez Besed’ cements that reputation. Another good song and another good ballad.
| Åse Kleveland
||Norway - Åse Kleveland - Intet Er Nytt Under Solen (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Arne Bendiksen/Arne Bendiksen
Conductor: Øivind Bergh
The woman who would host the contest 20 years later sings a fairly quiet song. She strums a guitar and the song is given some life by some bold brass.
| Ann-Christine Nyström
Finland - Ann-Christine Nyström – Play-boy (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Ossi Runne/Ossi Runne
Conductor: Ossi Runne
A mid-tempo effort from Finland which, like their (almost) neighbours Denmark, makes good use of the brass section.
| Madalena Iglesias
||Portugal - Madalena Iglesias - Ele E Ela (Portugese)
Music/Lyrics: Carlos Canelhas/Carlos Canelhas
Conductor: Jorge Costa Pinto
Portugal tried something more up-tempo for their third entry. It moves along nicely, occasionally drifting into calm before changing up a gear again.
| Udo Jürgens
||Austria - Udo Jürgens - Merci Chérie (German)
Music/Lyrics: Udo Jürgen Bockelmann/ Udo Jürgen Bockelmann & Thomas Hörbiger
Conductor: Hans Hammerschmid
It was third time lucky for Udo and if he didn’t win with ‘Mercie Cherie’, he was never going to win. It’s very much in the piano ballad mould of his two previous entries and flows along fluently.
| Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson
||Sweden - Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson - Nygammal Vals Eller Hip Man Svinaherde (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Bengt-Arne Wallin/Björn Lindroth
Conductor: Gert Ove Andersson
Another future presenter, Lill teamed up with Svante to give an engaging and entertaining performance of this cheerful song.
||Spain – Raphael - Yo Soy Aquél (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Manuel Alejandro/Manuel Alejandro
Conductor: Rafael da Ibarbia
Raphael made his way through his dramatic song with a suitably dramatic performance.
| Madeleine Pascal
Switzerland - Madeleine Pascal - Ne Vois-tu Pas? (French)
Music/Lyrics: Pierre Brenner/Roland Schweizer
Conductor: Jean Roderes
Switzerland entered a steady ballad which, while being nice enough, doesn’t make you want to turn up the volume.
||Monaco – Tereza - Bien Plus Fort (French)
Music/Lyrics: Gérard Bourgeois/Jean-Max Rivière
Conductor: Alan Goraguer
At just under two minutes, this is the shortest song in the contest. Like Luxembourg, it’s a mid-tempo ballad but with a little less drama.
| Domenico Modugno
||Italy - Domenico Modugno - Dio Come Ti Amo (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Domenico Modugno/Domenico Modugno
Conductor: Angelo Giacomazzi
Having achieved a worldwide hit with his Eurovision entry eight years earlier, Domenico joined the ‘nul points’ club this time. As this song won Sanremo, it is a sharp reminder of how national and international tastes can vary.
| Dominique Walter
||France - Dominique Walter – Chez Nous (French)
Music/Lyrics: Claude Carrère/Jacques Plante
Conductor: Franck Pourcel
The title is repeated a lot, and I mean a lot! That aside, it’s a fairly gentle, inoffensive song which neither makes you want to turn off, or be in a hurry to listen to again.
| Milly Scott
The Netherlands - Milly Scott - Fernando En Philippo (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Kees de Bruyn/Gerrit den Braber
Conductor: Dolf van der Linden
A chirpy little number from the Dutch with a few silly sounds for good measure. Milly sings about Fernando and Philippo alternately.
| Dickie Rock
||Ireland – Dickie Rock - Come Back To Stay (English)
Music/Lyrics: Rowland Soper/Rowland Soper
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
Definitely not a ‘rock’ song. Dickie sung a pleasant ballad, whose title gives the theme of the song away.
| Kenneth McKellar
United Kingdom - Kenneth McKellar – A Man Without Love (English)
Music/Lyrics: Cyril Ornadel/Peter Callander
Conductor: Hary Rabinowitz
Given the popularity of British pop music at the time, many have wondered why a more famous singer wasn’t asked to represent the United Kingdom. That said, and despite the outfit, Kenneth gave a good performance of this sincere ballad and can count himself unlucky not to have finished higher up the scoreboard.