Johnny Logan (singer) – Wikipedia

irish singer-songwriter

melodious artist
Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard ( bear 13 May 1954 ), better known by his stage name Johnny Logan, is an irish singer and composer. He is known as being the alone performer to have won the Eurovision Song Contest doubly, in 1980 and 1987. He besides composed the victorious birdcall in 1992. [ 1 ] [ 2 ]

Logan first won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, with the song “ What ‘s Another year “ written by Shay Healy. In 1984, Logan composed the song “ Terminal 3 “ which placed second at Eurovision, performed by Linda Martin. [ 3 ] He won the contest for a second gear time in 1987 with “ Hold Me immediately “, which he besides wrote himself. His third win came in 1992, as composer of Linda Martin ‘s win entrance “ Why Me ? “ .

early life [edit ]

Johnny Logan was born Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard on 13 May 1954 in Frankston, near Melbourne, Australia. [ 4 ] Logan ‘s beget, Charles Alphonsus Sherrard, was a Derry -born Irish tenor known by the artistic appoint Patrick O’Hagan, and he was touring Australia at the time of Logan ‘s birth. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] The family moved back to Ireland when Logan was three years old. He learnt the guitar and began composing his own songs by the age of thirteen. On leaving school he apprenticed as an electrician, while performing in public house and cabaret. His earliest claim to fame was starring as “ Adam ” in the 1977 Irish musical Adam and Eve [ 7 ] and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. [ 8 ]

career [edit ]

1978–1986 : first Eurovision gain [edit ]

Logan adopted the stage list Johnny Logan after the main fictional character of the film Johnny Guitar and released his first individual in 1978. He first attempted to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979, when he placed third in the Irish National Final with the birdcall “ Angie ”. [ 9 ] [ 10 ] Readers of The Connaught Telegraph in Ireland voted Logan as Best New Male Artist. [ 8 ] In 1980, Logan again entered the irish National selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the Shay Healy birdcall “ What ‘s Another year “, winning the irish final examination on 9 March in Dublin. [ 11 ] Representing Ireland in the Netherlands, Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest on 19 April. [ 12 ] The song became a hit all over Europe and reached number one in the UK. [ 13 ] “ In London “ was released in June and “ Save Me ” concisely after. With confusion by radio receiver stations over which to play, both singles flopped. Another individual released in recently 1980, a cover of a recent Cliff Richard song, “ Give A fiddling Bit More ” was a more concert feat and although it narrowly missed the chart. Logan blames his lack of success in the UK on poor management and his inexperience. [ 14 ] In early 1983, Logan attempted a comeback in the UK with the birdcall “ Becoming Electric ” with a new sound and image and promotional push, but the fail to chart. In 1985, Logan released his third base studio album Straight From The Heart which failed to chart. He besides collaborated on the chart topping charity individual “ You ‘ll Never Walk Alone “ in care of the Bradford City Disaster Fund. [ 8 ] In 1986, Logan rebranded himself as Logan with the song “ Stab in the Back ”, which besides failed to chart .

1987–1991 : second Eurovision win [edit ]

In 1987, Logan made another attack at Eurovision and with his self-penned song, “ Hold Me now “, he represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgium. The song won the contest and Logan became the first person to win the contest doubly. “ Hold Me immediately ” became a major european hit and reached number two in the UK. [ 15 ] [ 16 ] Logan released a top of the 10cc song “ I ‘m not in Love “, produced by Paul Hardcastle as a follow-up, and an album Hold Me Now. In 1988, Logan released “ Heartland ” which became a hit in the irish charts and from then on, concentrated on his career in Ireland and Europe. [ 17 ] In 1990, Logan recorded a state version of “ Miss You Nights “ with Elvis Presley ‘s back band The Jordanaires. [ 8 ] He besides wrote and sung the root song Angels Do n’t Hide for the german television show Blue Blood. [ 8 ]

1992–2000 : third Eurovision gain [edit ]

Having composed the irish Eurovision Song Contest 1984 introduction for Linda Martin, “ Terminal 3 “ ( which finished in second position ), Logan repeated the collaboration in 1992 when he gave Martin another of his songs, “ Why Me “. The song became the irish entrance at the finals in Sweden. The song took the title and cemented Logan as the most successful artist in Eurovision history with three wins. [ 2 ] generator and historian John Kennedy O’Connor notes in his reserve The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History that Logan is the only lead singer to have sung two winning entries and one of alone five authors/composers ( all men ) to have written/composed two winning songs. [ 18 ] On 16 April 1997 Logan left his handprints in concrete on the Walk of Fame in Rotterdam ; The largest Star Boulevard in Europe. [ 8 ]

2000–present : late career [edit ]

Logan continues to perform and write songs. He is sometimes referred to as “ Mister Eurovision ” by fans of the contest and the media at large. [ 1 ] He has continued his sexual love of participating in musical field, having toured Norway with Which Witch, an opera-musical originate in that state. In October 2005, “ Hold Me now ” was voted as the third base most popular song in Eurovision history at the fiftieth anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. “ What ‘s Another class ” was besides nominated amongst the 14 finalists. Logan has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. “ Hold Me nowadays ” is besides a global million-seller. Logan has continued to have success, particularly in the scandinavian countries. His 2007 album, The Irish Connection went platinum in Denmark, twice platinum in Norway and aureate in Sweden. [ 19 ] In 2009 and 2010, he performed in the Celtic rock opera Excalibur, and continued to do then in 2011. Logan was one of the read artists that appeared in the Irish TV serial The Hit going against Duke Special. He shortlisted the birdcall “ Prayin ‘ “ by Alan Earls and Jamie Wilson ‘s “ Rain ” from the deliver rooms. He chose to release “ Prayin ‘ “ for the graph struggle against Special who chose a song called “ 1969 ” by Aaron Hackett. Logan won the chart conflict with his song graph at number three in the charts while Special ‘s charted at number five. Logan returned for the concluding where he performed “ Prayin ” with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and was runner-up to Finbar Furey .

In popular culture [edit ]

In 2002, he took part in the UK television quiz read Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a team panelist in a Eurovision-special. [ 20 ] “ Hold Me nowadays ” has been adopted by fans of gypsy F.C. ( Bohemians ) as their anthem and it is played in Dalymount and sung with gusto at both home and away matches. [ 21 ] In 2007, Logan advertised McDonald ‘s Eurosaver menu in Ireland. [ 22 ] In 2007, he sang “ A State of Happiness ”, advertising the Dutch Center Parcs. In 2011, Logan received some publicity over comments perceived as an approach on Jedward, that year ‘s Irish Eurovision entry. When the identical twins appeared on The Late Late Show, donor Ryan Tubridy asked them how they felt about Logan calling them “ an overplus to Ireland ”. Logan late clarified those comments : “ What I said was that I find them embarrassing to watch. It ‘s like watching two Frank Spencers in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. It ‘s like watching a string crash – you ca n’t look away, but at the lapp time you do n’t want to see it ”. [ 23 ] He subsequently refused an consultation with RTÉ broadcaster Derek Mooney as, according to Mooney, “ he thought we were going to stitch him up ”. Logan gave an interview to Today FM broadcaster Ray D’Arcy rather. [ 24 ]

On 16 December 2012, Logan appeared as musical guest on romanian edition of X Factor. [ 25 ] In May 2012, Anmary, the latvian representative to 2012 Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan sang “ Beautiful Song “ where, in the opening lyrics, she sings : “ I was born in aloof 1980 / The year that Irish Johnny Logan won / Thirty years or more, they placid remember / So pipe dream away, today ‘s the sidereal day I ‘m singing my birdcall ” referring to Logan ‘s 1980 Eurovision win “ What ‘s Another year ”. In 2020, The Sunday Times revealed a movie about the life and career of Logan was in the works – called Mr Eurovision. [ 26 ] Logan performed “ What ‘s Another year ” during the Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light course of study, held on 16 May 2020 as a substitution for the delete Eurovision Song Contest 2020. He performed the song with the course of study ‘s presenters Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, alongside a choir of Eurovision fans .

personal life [edit ]

Logan lives in Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland with his wife, Ailis and their three children, Adam, Fionn and Jack. [ 27 ] He besides has a daughter, Robyn ( born in 1988 ) with turkish dancer and actress Burçin Orhon. [ 28 ] [ 29 ] He rarely gives media interviews, claiming to have been frequently misquoted. [ 23 ]

discography [edit ]

studio albums [edit ]

compilation albums [edit ]

Title Album details
Love Songs
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: K-Tel (KCD323)
  • Format: CD/ Cassette
The Best Of
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Epic (484047 2)
  • Format: CD
The Best of Johnny Logan
  • Released: 8 January 2010
  • Label: Sony (88697518282)
  • Format: CD
Glanz Lichter
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Koch / Universal (2769246)
  • Format: CD
What’s Another Year – The Best of
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Telamo (405380430891)
  • Format: CD/ Digital download

Singles [edit ]

References [edit ]

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