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French 7" single cover.
Eurovision Song Contest 1975 entry
Getty Kaspers,
Ard Weeink,
Chris de Wolde,
John Gaasbeek,
Koos Versteeg,
Rudi Nijhuis
Dick Bakker
Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens
Harry van Hoof
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "I See a Star" (1974)   
"The Party's Over" (1976) ►

"Ding-a-dong" (original Dutch title: "Ding dinge dong", as it was introduced in the titles when broadcast) was the title of the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975. It was sung by Teach-In, representing the Netherlands, and was written by Dick Bakker, Will Luikinga, and Eddy Ouwens. The song reached number 1 in both the Swiss and the Norwegian Singles Chart.


  • History 1
  • Charts 2
  • Covers 3
    • Charts 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


"Ding-a-dong" was notable for being one of the Eurovision winners that had quirky or entirely nonsensical titles or lyrics, following in the footsteps of Massiel's "La La La" in 1968 and Lulu's "Boom Bang-a-Bang" in 1969, later followed by the Herreys' "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in 1984. "Ding-a-dong" was performed first on the performance night (preceding Ireland's The Swarbriggs with "That's What Friends Are For"). The song was the first winner under the now-familiar Eurovision voting system whereby each country awards scores of 1-8, 10 and 12. At the close of voting, it had received 152 points, placing first in a field of nineteen. As the first song performed during the evening, the victory ran contrary to the fact that success usually went songs performed later in the broadcast. According to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor's The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, this was the first of three occasions when the first song would win the contest, the second coming the following year in 1976.[1]

The song, performed entirely in English, was an up-tempo ode to positive thought; though ironically, the song is written entirely in a minor key. The band (only the second to win the Contest in a non-native language after ABBA the year before) sings that one should "sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong" when one is feeling unhappy, and continues "Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower. Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone." On the night of the Dutch National Song Contest, with the song already having been selected, Albert West and Debbie competed with Teach-In for the honour of performing.

In the original Dutch version the "ding-a-dong" describes the heartbeat of the singer remembering the separation from his lover in the past. As well as "ding-a-dong", the lyrics also contain "bim-bam-bom" representing a fearful heartbeat and "tikke-(tikke)-tak" for the ticking of the clock while waiting for the lover to return:

  • Is ‘t lang geleden? Dat mijn hart je riep met z’n ding-dinge-dong?
  • Is ‘t lang geleden? Is ‘t lang geleden? In de zomerzon ging het bim-bam-bom.
  • Tikke-tak gingen uren, hoelang zou ‘t duren?

Translation: "Is it that long ago when my heart called you with its ding-ding-a-dong? Is it that long ago? In the summer sun I went bim-bam-bom. Tikke-tak went the hours, how long should it have taken?")

The song reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart and Teach-In also recorded the song in German as "Ding ding-a-dong".


Charts (1975) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 13
Dutch Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 8
US Easy Listening 22


Single by beFour
from the album Friends 4 Ever
Released 17 April 2009
Format CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:32
Writer(s) Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens
beFour singles chronology
"No Limit"

Edwyn Collins did a cover of the song for Eurotrash. "Ding-a-Dong" was also recorded by German band beFour for their fourth studio album Friends 4 Ever and released as the second single in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Russian musicians Alyona Apina and Murat Nasyrov (Алёна Апина и Мурат Насыров) recorded "Moonlight Nights" (Лунные ночи) to the melody of Ding-a-Dong in 1997.[2]


Chart (2009) Peak
German Singles Chart 61


  1. ^ O'Connor, J. K. (2007), The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, UK: Carlton Books, ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  2. ^ Uploaded on 13 Mar 2010 on YouTube

External links

  • Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1975
  • Detailed info and lyrics, Diggiloo Thrush, "Ding-A-Dong"
Preceded by
"Griechischer Wein" by Udo Jürgens
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
18 April 1975 - 16 May 1975
Succeeded by
"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" by ABBA
Preceded by
"I Can Help" by Billy Swan
Norwegian Singles Chart number-one single
21 April 1975 - 9 June 1975
Succeeded by
"Love Hurts" by Nazareth
Preceded by
"Waterloo" by ABBA
Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by
"Save Your Kisses for Me" by Brotherhood of Man
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