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Vivo cantando

"Vivo cantando"
Eurovision Song Contest 1969 entry
Country
Artist(s)
María Rosa Marco
As
Salomé
Language
Composer(s)
Maria José de Cerato
Lyricist(s)
Aniano Alcalde
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
1st
Final points
18
Appearance chronology
◄ "La, la, la" (1968)   
"Gwendolyne" (1970) ►

"Vivo cantando" (Spanish pronunciation: , "I Live Singing") was one of four songs which tied for first place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1969. Performed in Spanish by Salomé for Spain, the song was joint winner with the United Kingdom's "Boom Bang-a-Bang" performed by Lulu, "De troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr representing the Netherlands, and "Un jour, un enfant" sung for France by Frida Boccara. It was Spain's second winning entry in the contest and the last to date.

The song is a very up-tempo number, sung from the perspective of a woman telling her lover about the positive changes he has had on her, specifically that she now lives her life singing. Two memorable aspects of the performance were Salomé's costume – a Pertegaz pantsuit covered in long strands of porcelain resembling beads – and the fact that the singer chose to dance on the spot during certain parts of the song. Dancing was against Eurovision Song Contest regulations at the time; Salomé was not penalized, however, as the performers from Ireland and the United Kingdom had done the same that year as well.

Salomé recorded the song in six languages; Spanish (Castellano), Catalan (as "Canto i vull viure"), Basque ("Kantari bizi naiz"), English ("The Feeling of Love"), French ("Alors je chante") and Italian ("Vivo cantando").

It was succeeded as Spanish representative at the 1970 Contest by Julio Iglesias with "Gwendolyne".

Sources and external links

  • Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1969.
  • Detailed info and lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "Vivo cantando".
Preceded by
"La, la, la" by Massiel
Eurovision Song Contest winners
co-winner with "De troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr, "Un jour, un enfant" by Frida Boccara and "Boom Bang-a-Bang" by Lulu

1969
Succeeded by
"All Kinds of Everything" by Dana Rosemary Scallon
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