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Johnny Logan

Johnny Logan (performing in Vienna, Austria, 2009)
Background information
Birth name Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard
Also known as "Mr Eurovision"
Born 13 May 1954 (1954-05-13) (age 55)
Victoria (Australia)
Genres pop music
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1978–present

Johnny Logan (born Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard, 13 May 1954), is an Irish singer and composer.


Early life and career

Logan was born in Frankston near Melbourne, Australia. His father was an Irish tenor, Patrick O'Hagan, who performed three times at The White House, for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. The family moved back to Ireland when Johnny was aged three. He learned the guitar and began composing his own songs by the age of thirteen. On leaving school he apprenticed as an electrician, while performing in folk and blues clubs. His earliest claim to fame was starring as Adam in the 1977 Irish musical "Adam and Eve".[1]

Having adopted the stage name Johnny Logan, he released his first single in 1978 and took part in the National Song Contest in 1979.[2][3]

First Eurovision win

The following year, Logan entered the contest again with the Shay Healy song "What's Another Year" and won.[4] Representing Ireland in the Netherlands, Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest on April 19.[5] The song became a hit all over Europe and reached No.1 in the UK.[6]

Due to a mix-up, two follow up singles were released almost simultaneously; "Save Me" and "In London". With confusion by radio stations over which to play, both singles flopped. Another single released in late 1980, a cover of a recent Cliff Richard song, "Give A Little Bit More" was a more concerted effort and although it narrowly missed the chart, the momentum from Eurovision was now lost. Logan blames his lack of success in the UK on poor management and his inexperience.[7]

In early 1983, Logan attempted a comeback in the UK with the song "Becoming Electric" with a new sound and image and promotional push, but was unsuccessful and again in 1986 when he rebranded himself Logan with the song "Stab In The Back".

Second Eurovision win

In 1987, he decided to make another attempt 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 again, Logan had a major European hit with the song and reached No.2 in the UK (although it outsold "What's Another Year").[8][9] Keen to continue this success, Logan released a cover of the 10cc song "I'm Not In Love", produced by Paul Hardcastle as a follow-up, and an album. Both single and album made the UK charts but were not significant enough to sustain a continued chart career.[10]

The following year, Logan released his next single, "Heartland" which became a hit in the Irish charts and from then on, concentrated on his career in Ireland and Europe.[11]

Third Eurovision win

Having composed the Irish 1992 Eurovision Song Contest entry for Linda Martin, "Terminal 3" (which came 2nd), Logan repeated the collaboration in 1992 when he gave Martin another of his songs, "Why Me". The song became the Irish entry at the finals in Sweden. The song took the title and cemented Logan as the most successful artist in Eurovision history with three wins.[12]

Author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor notes in his book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History that Logan is the only lead singer to have sung two winning entries and one of only five authors/composers (all men) to have written/composed two winning songs.[13]

He is sometimes referred to as "Mister Eurovision" by fans of the contest and the media at large.[14] "Hold Me Now" has been adopted by fans of Bohemian FC as their anthem and it is sung primarily at away games. He mentioned on "TTV" on RTÉ that he was considering writing a song for Ireland in the 2010 eurovision.

"Hold Me Now" was voted as the 3rd most popular song in Eurovision history at the 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2005. "What's Another Year?" was also nominated amongst the 14 finalists. It has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. "Hold Me Now" is also a global million-seller.

Recent career

Throughout his career, which spans four decades, Logan has issued no less than 40 singles and 19 albums. He has continued his love of participating in musical theatre, having toured Norway with Which Witch, an opera-musical originating in that country. In 2002 Logan took part in the UK TV Quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks as a team panelist in a Eurovision-special.[15]

Logan continues to perform and write songs. In 2007 he advertised McDonald's Eurosaver menu in Ireland. In 2007 he sang "A State of Happiness", advertising the Dutch Center Parcs. In 2009 he performed in the celtic rock opera Excalibur.

Logan lives in Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland.

Selected discography


Singles (Ireland and UK)

  • 1978 - "No I Don't Want To Fall In Love"
  • 1980 - "What's Another Year" (IE #1) (UK #1)[16]
  • 1980 - "Save Me"
  • 1980 - "In London"
  • 1980 - "Give A Little Bit More (Too Much Too Soon)" (IE #25)
  • 1982 - "Oriental Eyes" (IE #18)
  • 1982 - "Becoming Electric" (IE #22)
  • 1984 - "Heaven" (IE #20)
  • 1985 - "Ginny Come Lately"
  • 1985 - "Straight From The Heart"
  • 1986 - "Stab In The Back"
  • 1986 - "Sara Smile"
  • 1987 - "Hold Me Now" (IE #1) (UK #2)[16]
  • 1987 - "I'm Not In Love" (IE #8) (UK #51))[16]
  • 1988 - "Heartland" (IE #21)
  • 1989 - "All I Ever Wanted"
  • 1990 - "Lay Down Your Heart" / "One By One" (IE #20)
  • 1991 - "How 'Bout Us"
  • 2006 - "Don't Cry" (IE #25)
  • 2006 - "Hold Me Now" (new version)

For a fuller list of all European single releases see discography here - [1]

2010 Oslo Anxiety

While acting as a judge on the Irish Eurosong held during the Late Late Show, Logan became more and more agitated about having to go to Oslo. He frequently brought the point up and at one stage, Logan almost fell out of his chair with worry. Shouting, "Oh noes, I have to be at the airport for half six in the morning".[17]

2010 Norway Entry Anxiety

Johnny Logan has admitted that he has the heard the Norway Eurovision entry. It is generally believed that this was another factor in his anxiety about his trip to Oslo.[18]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gali Atari and Milk and Honey
with "Hallelujah"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Bucks Fizz
with "Making Your Mind Up"
Preceded by
Sandra Kim
with "J'aime la vie"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Céline Dion
with "Ne partez pas sans moi"
Preceded by
Cathal Dunne
with "Happy Man"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Horoscopes"
Preceded by
Luv Bug
with "You Can Count On Me"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Jump The Gun
with "Take Him Home"


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