Johnny Logan won the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland.

Johnny Logan

Hold Me Now

Country
🇮🇪 Ireland
Final
Finished 1st
Song
Hold Me Now
Written by
Composed by
Sean Sherrard
Broadcaster
Radio Telefís Éireann

The winning entry of the 1987 contest was 'Hold Me Now', performed and written by Johnny Logan. At that time, Johnny had already won in 1980 with 'What's Another Year' and had written the second-placed song in 1984, 'Terminal 3', performed in Luxembourg by Linda Martin. Johnny is the only singer to date to win the Contest twice as a singer.

In 1980, Johnny represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with What's Another Year, written by Shay Healy, beating the runner-up, Germany, by 15 points. The song topped the charts around Europe including in Ireland and the UK. In 1984, he wrote Terminal 3 for singer Linda Martin, who finished second behind Sweden's famous Herreys,.

After the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, life became tough for Logan. He was tied to a record label that took him down a route he didn't want to go. Eventually, Logan filed for divorce and, in the nineties, even considered quitting the music industry. "I didn’t want to be part of that world anymore," he said. After some time, the singer had a change of heart and started to rebuild his life. "Since I’m not getting any younger, and there aren’t many other options to choose from, I decided to take control again. I am good at making music and I just love it so much."

Rebuilding his career went successfully for Logan: he went on to make history by winning the 1987 Contest again with Hold Me Now and wrote Linda Martin's winning 1992 entry Why Me, securing his nickname as "Mr. Eurovision" in the Eurovision history books.

Lyrics of Hold Me Now

Don't... Don't close your heart to how you feel... Dream... And don't be afraid the dream's not real... Close your eyes, pretend it's just the two of us again... Make believe this moment's here to stay... Touch... Touch me the way you used to do... I know... Tonight could be all I have with you... From now on you'll be with someone else instead of me... So tonight...let's build this memory... For the last time... Hold me now Don't cry Don't say a word just... Hold me now... And I...will know though we're apart We'll always be together Forever in love... What do you say when words are not enough? Time... Time will be kind once we're apart And your tears... Tears will have no place in your heart I wish I... I could say how much I'll miss you when you're gone All my love for you will go on and on and... Hold me now Don't cry Don't say a word just... Hold me now... And try...to understand that... I hope that last you'll find What you've been searching for Though I won't be there anymore... I will always...love you... Hold me now Don't cry Don't say a word just... Hold me now... And I...will know though we're apart We'll always be together Forever in love What do you say when words are not enough? What can I say now my words are not enough...?

Updates about Johnny Logan

Johnny Logan

Throwback Thursday: 1987

3 years ago

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8 years ago

25 years ago - Johnny Logan wins for the second time

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