Friday, 9 July 2010

Germany 1960

The German national final 1960 was held on 6 February at the Rhein-Main-Halle in Wiesbaden, hosted by Hilde Nocker and Werner Fullerer. Ten songs took part, with the winner being decided by a 45-member jury made up of 15 "experts" and 30 members of the public. Whether the opinion of the "experts" carried more weight pro-rata is not known. Only the top three placements are known.

Germany's 1963 Eurovision representative Heidi Brühl finished runner-up in 1960; however her song Wir wollen niemals auseinender gehen topped the German singles chart for several weeks and was one of the year's biggest sellers.


1. Bonne nuit ma chérie - Wyn Hoop
2. Wir wollen niemals auseinandergeh'n - Heidi Brühl
3. Alle Wunder dieser Welt - Gerhard Wendland

the other participants:

Abitur der Liebe - Angèle Durand & Rex Gildo
Auf der Straße der Träume - Gitta Lind
Das Herz einer Frau - Gerd Ströhl
Ein Picasso in der Liebe - Rainer Bertram
Ich hab' ein Hobby - Ingrid Werner
Oh Little Joe - The Charming Boys
Oh, wie schön - Tony Sandler

Wyn Hoop (born Winfried Lüssenhop, May 29 1936, Hanover) is a German singer, best known for his participation in the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest.

In the early 1950s Wyn Hoop formed a jazz band called the Capitellos, who toured and worked on radio before disbanding in 1958. Hoop started to make solo recordings, at first under the name Fred Lyssen, before settling on the professional name Wyn Hoop.

In 1960, Hoop took part in the German Eurovision selection final, and his song Bonne nuit ma chérie was chosen to go forward to the fifth Eurovision Song Contest, held in London on 29 March. At the contest Bonne nuit ma chérie  finished in joint fourth place of the 13 entries.

Wyn Hoop recorded several successful German cover versions of English-language hits (such as "Are You Lonesome Tonight?") before joining forces in 1962 with Finnish singer Pirkko Mannola, with whom he recorded a number of popular tracks. From 1964, he began recording with Austrian singer Andrea Horn, who he had married in 1961. Their material was mainly folk music orientated.

In 1978, Wyn Hoop and Andrea Horn retired from showbusiness. They have since established themselves as successful publishers of sailing guidebooks, and contributors of travelogues to magazines and newspapers.

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