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Sweden "En gång i Stockholm"
Eurovision Song Contest 1963 entry
Country Sweden
Artist(s) Monica Zetterlund
Language Swedish
Composer(s) Bobbie Ericsson
Lyricist(s) Beppe Wolgers
Conductor William Lind
Finals performance
Final result 13th
Final points 0
Appearance chronology
◄ Sol och vår (1962)   
Absent Friend (1965) ►

"En gång i Stockholm" ("Once Upon a Time in Stockholm") was the Swedish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1963, performed in Swedish by one of Scandinavia's leading jazz singers, Monica Zetterlund (September 20, 1937 – May 12, 2005). [1] [2]

The song was the winner of Melodifestivalen 1963, where it was performed by both Zetterlund and Carli Tornehave. Sveriges Radio however decided that Zetterlund would perform the song at the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden.

"En gång i Stockholm" was performed seventh on the night, following Spain's José Guardiola with "Algo prodigioso" and preceding Belgium's Jacques Raymond with "Waarom?". At the close of voting, it had received 0 points, placing 13th (last) in a field of 13, the only time to date that Sweden has scored nul points in the Contest, and the first of two occasions to date on which the country has finished in last position, the second being Forbes' song "Beatles" in the 1977 Contest.

Sweden did not participate in the 1964 contest, due to an Artists Union strike, but returned the next year. Thus, it was succeeded as Swedish representative at the 1965 contest by Ingvar Wixell with "Absent Friend".

References

  1. ^ Biography, Monica Zetterlund
  2. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (1999), p. 36-41, 284. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
Preceded by
"Sol och vår" by Inger Berggren and Lily Berglund
Melodifestivalen winners
1963, performed by Monica Zetterlund and Carli Tornehave
Succeeded by
"Annorstädes vals" by Ingvar Wixell
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