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Pete Murray

In 1959 there was a new name for the selection of the United Kingdom entry: Eurovision Song Contest of 1959 - British Finals. It comprised two heats, each with six songs, with the top three highest scoring songs from each heat going forward to the final.

Transmission Date (Final):Saturday 7th February 1959
Channel:BBC Television
Time:19:30-20.15

Presenter:

Pete Murray
Orchestra Conductor:Eric Robinson
Orchestra:The Eric Robinson Orchestra
Orchestra Leader:David McCallum
Musical Associate:Alan Bristow

Producer:

Harry Carlisle
Settings:Norman James

Voting:

Seven regional juries: South of England, Midlands, Northern, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales & West of England, with fourteen people in each jury

Winning Song:

Sing Little Birdie
Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson
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Songs

Heat 1Monday 2nd February 1959
18:20-18.50

Song:Performer(s):Composer(s):
01Love Me, Love MeSheila Buxton Norman Percival
02One Lonely HeartSteve MartinPeter Callander
Dick James (aka Isaac Vapnick)
03Sing Little BirdiePearl Carr & Teddy JohnsonStan Butcher
Syd Cordell
04How Could I KnowDon RennieTommy Sampson
Barbara Nelson
05SuddenlyGlen MasonMichael Pratt
06I'll Be With YouMarion Keene

(Originally scheduled to be sung by Alma Cogan)
Lee Lennox

Heat 2Thursday 5th February 1959
18:20-18.50

Song:Performer(s):Composer(s):
01That's It, That's LovePearl Carr & Teddy JohnsonSam Johnson
02SuccessJohn HansonRalph Ruvin
Harold Irving
Dick James (aka Isaac Vapnick)
03Cha Cha ChocolaRosemary SquiresMax Francis & Bill Craig
04This I Will Tell My SonLester FergusonTerry & Irene Roper
05Oh, Oh, Reckon I Must Be I LoveValerie ShaneMichael Pratt
06This Is My TownLita Roza John S Rossiter
(Harold Cornelius, Dominic John & Bob Halfin)

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Scoreboard

FinalSaturday 7th February 1959
19:30-201.5
  • The scoreboard for this event may be viewed on desktop and laptop devices
  • Only the final positions of the top four songs are known

SONGComposer(s)TOTALPosition
1Are You Ready For LoveRay Cameron & Alan Hawkshaw5,5605
2MarchKen Howard & Alan Blaikley38,4182
3Come SeptemberDon Black & Mark London11,3623
4I Can't Go On Living Without YouBernie Taupin & Elton John5,0876
5Boom Bang-A-BangPeter Warne & Alan Moorhouse56,4761
6Bet Yer! Joan Shakespeare & Derek Warne8,3064
Voting information taken with permission from Songs For Europe Volume One - The1950s and 1960s by Gordon Roxburgh

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  • Sing Little Birdie reached No. 12 in the UK charts.
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Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson at The Eurovision Song Contest 1959

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At The Eurovision Song Contest 1959

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At the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 in Cannes, France on Wednesday 11th March 1957, Sing Little Birdie finished in 2nd place with 16 points. The song was conducted by Eric Robinson.

Tom Sloan provided the commentary for BBC Television.