It was an era where the contest was attracting well known acts to represent the United Kingdom, with big chart hit songs, and audience figures in excess of 20 million each year in the country. Though victory in the contest was proving to be a more difficult task. But a change in the UK selection process in the mid-70s was to change all that.
Watch Brotherhood of Man perform 'Save Your Kisses For Me'
Here is what Lee Sheriden, member of Brotherhood Of Man and co-composer of Save Your Kisses For Me had to say about Volume Two: "I haven’t been able to put it down. It’s excellent! Well researched and very well written. As I read, the names and faces keep coming back. I know I have a special interest - but there are many like me who will treasure such a book forever.”
Author, Gordon Roxburgh, has thoroughly researched existing archive materials, and conducted interviews with artists, composers and production personnel, to provide this exhaustive guide to the UK participation in the contest. There is also a mass of information on the contests staged by the BBC in the 1970s (1972, 1974 and 1977) and there are many previously unpublished facts and information on all the Eurovision Song Contests throughout the decade.
Gordon Roxburgh is one of the most informed people in the world about the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. He has been a regular attendee at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1994, and the UK selection programmes since 1983. He has twice served on the UK Song For Europe juries in 1979 and 1981, thus helping to choose the UK winning song Making Your Mind Up in 1981.
You can get the book on Telos Publishing website and it's currently 10% off until the end of May.
The 1950s and 1960s
What was said about Volume One: 1950s and 1960s (Published in 2012) also available direct from the publishers.
"This book is destined to go unchallenged as the definitive work on the UK’s involvement with the Eurovision Song Contest, and it leaves you looking forward to the promised forthcoming volumes taking up the history from the 1970s to the present day". Ivor Lyttle, Editor, EuroSong News.