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Poll: Best Eurovision Winner of the Sixties

Poll: Best Eurovision Winner of the Sixties

Do you know your Salome's from your Sandie's, and your Lulu's from your Lenny Kuhr's? If so, help celebrate Eurovision's formative decade by voting for your favourite winner of the 1960s.
Eurovision 1969: Madrid

Eurovision 1969: Madrid

Much like the Hunger Games, Eurovision is only supposed to have one winner. But also like the Hunger Games, it doesn't always work out that way. The 1969 contest may not have been a teenage bloodbath, but it certainly caused some controversy...
Eurovision 1968: London

Eurovision 1968: London

It's Eurovision - in colour! The end of the black & white era ushers in a number of memorable performances and one of the contest's most controversial winners.
Eurovision 1967: Vienna

Eurovision 1967: Vienna

After ten years of near misses - including five times in second place - the United Kingdom finally score their first victory in 1967, thanks to chart-topping Dagenham icon Sandie Shaw. Not that she was especially thrilled about the situation herself...
Eurovision 1966: Luxembourg

Eurovision 1966: Luxembourg

Eurovision 1966 takes us back to Luxembourg, where a number of familiar faces return for another bite of the apple. For Udo Jürgens the third time was the charm, but Italy's Domenico Modugno suffered a humiliating defeat.
Eurovision 1965: Naples

Eurovision 1965: Naples

Eurovision enters its second decade with a bang thanks to a game-changing victory from France Gall and a brace of other notably uptempo entries to balance out the usual glut of stately ballads. At last!
Eurovision 1964: Copenhagen

Eurovision 1964: Copenhagen

Little footage survives of the 1964 contest, meaning this review had to be pieced together from audio recordings. With the youngest winner in Eurovision history to that point, was the contest finally ready to hand over to a new generation? Well, almost...
Eurovision 1963: London

Eurovision 1963: London

By 1963 the Eurovision Song Contest has become a ratings monster with over 75 million people expected to tune in. Possibly as a result of this, the lineup this year is particularly star-studded, featuring turns from Nana Mouskouri, Francois Hardy and Esther Ofarim. None of them won...
Eurovision 1962: Luxembourg

Eurovision 1962: Luxembourg

Eurovision 1962 brings the contest to Luxembourg for the first time, and sees the show developing more of a light-entertainment feel. We're still a long way from ABBA, or even Sandie Shaw, but by tiny increments the show we know and love today is beginning to take shape.
Eurovision 1961: Cannes, France

Eurovision 1961: Cannes, France

1961 sees the Eurovision returning to Cannes, as an era of Francophone domination gets well underway. Unfortunately, despite a slew of new arrivals the contest is beginning to feel rather stale...
Eurovision 1960: London, United Kingdom

Eurovision 1960: London, United Kingdom

Eurovision kicks off the sixties with a popular winner - but the competitors continue to play it safe musically.
Eurovision 1959: Cannes, France

Eurovision 1959: Cannes, France

Eurovision 1959 sees a sense of spectacle creeping in as the commercial possibilities of entering the contest become more apparent...