Czechs to Bank Eurovision Contest Hopes on K. Gott
Czechoslovakian singer Karel Gott (1967 MIDEM Trophy winner) will represent his country in the Eurovision Song Contest in London on April 6 . Gott will sing a song written by 1966 Eurovision
winner Udo Jurgens.
Idea for this collaboration comes from Hans Beierlein, head of Edition Montana in Munich, who has shown considerable interest in Gott's career.
Said Beierlein: "I wanted Karel Gott to sing for Austria last year, because Austria does not seem to have many outstanding singers. Rather than bring a singer from France or some other West European country, I suggested that an artist from a neighboring country should be tried - and Gott was the only real contender."
Gott and Jurgens met this week at the MIDEM in Cannes to decide on a song for Eurovision. It will be recorded in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish an Czech at the beginning of March in Vienna.
Polydor will release the record in Germany and Supraphon in Czechoslovakia. Negotiations for release in other territories are under way.
The theme from the Sergio Gobbi film "L'Étrangère", written by Romuald, has been recorded by Romuald for Disc'AZ, by Dalida (Barclay) in Italian and by Udo Jurgens (Montana) in German. The song is published in France by Tutti.
Udo Juergens will visit Paris this month for TV and radio promotion.
Udo Juergens received excellent reviews during his Polish tour.
Supraphon Tie With Montana
Montana of Munich and Supraphon of Prague have signed a long-term contract under which the records of Montana artist Udo Juergens will be released in Czechoslovakia.
Supraphon will release three singles, two EP's and one album each year in German, Italian, English and French versions.
The first single to be released is "Immer wieder geht die Sonne auf" and "Was ich dir sagen will".
In June, Juergens will make a two-week tour of Czechoslovakia, and Supraphon will release a Juergens album to coincide with the start of the tour.
An album with 14 tracks by Udo Juergens in English and German, titled "Was ich dir sagen will", has been released in Scandinavia by Sonet.
Austrian singer Udo Juergens will be a member of the inter-Festival, Poland, Aug. 22 - 25 . Polish TV will televise four of the Sopot concerts. They will be relayed through the Intervision network and some excerpts will be taken by Eurovision. [...]
20 Tunes to Vie in Second Int. Festival in Yugoslavia
Twenty Yugoslavian songs, performed by both native and international artists, will be presented in the Second Yugoslav International Song Festival at Split, which opens for three days on Friday (9).
The finals on Sunday will be screened by Yugoslav TV, and the winning song will represent Yugoslav in the Rio de Janeiro Song Festival.
Foreign artists appearing at the Festival include Graham Bonney and Rog Whittaker from Britain, Rocco Granata from Belgium, Gelu from Spain, Ouro Negro from Portugal, and Judith Cherovska from Czechoslovakia. Among Yugoslav singers are Arsen Dedic, Radmila Karaklajic, Tereza Kesovija, Lado Leskovar, Djordje Marjanovic and Vice Vukov.
Besides those on the official program there will be guest appearances each evening. On the first evening the Hollies will appear with Julie Felix and French singer Pascal Danel. On the second
evening the English group, the Rokes, now living in Italy, will appear with Domenico Modugno, also from Italy.
Austrian singer-composer Udo Jurgens and Australian group the Easybeats will perform on the third night. On the final evening eight songs will be selected by public voting and four songs by a special music jury. [...]
Udo Juergens (Ariola) recorded an album in Italian for Durium.
German singer Udo Juergens held a floating press conference at Munich at the start of his month's tour of West Germany.
Udo Juergens (Ariola) has followed up his single "Cottonfields" with a recording of the Harry Belafonte hit "Matilda".