Teddy Johnson, one half of the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 1959 duo, has passed away aged 98.
Today it has been announced that Teddy Johnson had passed away peacefully this morning. Teddy was known for performing at the 1959 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with his wife, Pearl Carr. With their song “Sing Little Birdie”, they finished 2nd out of 11 countries.
Teddy began performing at 15 years old, where he formed his own band, and then went on to professionally sing at 18. “I performed all over the country with a variety show and became known as a recording artist, drummer, and singer” Teddy revealed to eurovision.tv last year. It was in 1950, nine years before their Eurovision performance, that Teddy had met Pearl. She had joined him on tour, and they soon began dating. 5 years later they were married. Since Eurovision, the pair continued performing until their retirement in 1990.
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.