Lill-Babs, the fourth representative of Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, has passed away aged 80, confirmed by Swedish broadcaster SVT.
She finished fourteenth in the Eurovision Song Contest over five decades ago when hosted in Cannes, 1961. Despite such a low placing on the night of the final, Lill-Babs went on to become a national treasure of Sweden. With sixteen charting studio albums to her name, four greatest hit collections and the Kings Medal awarded to her, it’s safe to say Lill-Babs became an icon of Swedish pop music in a career spanning almost sixty years. On April 3rd 2018, aged 80, Lill-Babs passed away.
Probably most well known for the release of ‘Leva Livett’ in 1963, Lill-Babs continued to perform frequently on Swedish television and at events across the country, appearing in shows such as Sa Ska De Lata, Allsang Pa Skansen and Sommarkrysset. Today, Swedish media have plastered her face on front pages across the country and continue to broadcast clips of her performing throughout the day.
For three years Lill-Babs was married to Swedish singer/ actor Lasse Berhagen, the voice of Tarzan in Sweden and the man behind songs such as “Min kärleksång till dig”, his Melodifestivalen hit, before divorcing him in 1968.
Today, Lill-Babs features in the “Swedish Music Hall of Fame” at the ABBA Museum, Stockholm. She appears as one of many Swedish artists with a national and global audience.
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.