Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NORWAY 1960 - Voi voi

The first year we competed in the ESC was 1960, which marked the contest's fifth anniversary. We did pretty well, ending up in 4th place. Sure, there were only 13 competing countries, but still. We beat Sweden, they came 10th. Of course this was the most important thing - they got a head start on us, they competed for the first time in -58, but we still managed to beat them on our first try. Tee-hee. Pretty solidly, too. That's what we like to see. :-)

Anyway ... our performer that year was the fantastic Nora Brockstedt, who, no kidding, is still going strong to this day, literally half a century later. She is AFAIK the oldest living recording artist in the world. o_O She rocks. :-) The song is about a Sami girl looking forward to seeing her sweetheart on Saturday night, and Brockstedt was dressed in something that was supposed to look like traditional Sami clothes. Oy vey, voi voi ...

This is Nora Brockstedt performing Voi voi by Georg Elgaaen. He competed in the Royal Festival Hall in London, England on Saturday, March 25th, 1960.

Lyrics with translation here.

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