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Linda Martin
Birth name Linda Martin
Born 17 April 1947 (1947-04-17) (age 62)
Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Origin Northern Ireland
Genres Pop, pop-rock, MOR
Years active 1969–present
Labels CBS, Polydor, Rex, Spider, WEA

Linda Martin (born 17 April 1947, Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) is an Irish singer and television presenter, working almost exclusively across the border in the Republic of Ireland. She is best known in Europe as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992, with the song "Why Me", and in Ireland as a member of the 1970s/1980s band, Chips.[1]

For most of her career, Martin has been synonymous with her flaming red hair; however, she is naturally a brunette.

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Career

Chips

Martin started off her musical career when she joined the band Chips in Belfast in 1969. They quickly became one of the top bands in Ireland on the live circuit and released hit singles "Love Matters", "Twice a Week" and "Goodbye Goodbye" during the mid to late 1970s.[2] In 1972, Martin broke away from Chips to be a vocalist with new band Lyttle People, but rejoined Chips the following year.[1] The group appeared on Opportunity Knocks in 1974 and appeared a number of times on British television promoting their singles, but never scored a UK hit.[1] With multiple entries to the Irish National finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, the band carried on into the 1980s. They scored a final Irish hit in 1982 with "David's Song", after which Martin broke away when she won the Castlebar Song Contest with "Edge of the Universe" in 1983. From this point she concentrated on a solo career as well as occasional live appearances with Chips until they recruited a new lead singer (Valerie Roe) in the late 1980s.

Eurovision Song Contest

She participated in the National Song Contest four times as a member of Chips, however they did not score successfully.[3] [4] [5] [6] She participated another four times in the contest as a soloist and once more as part of the group "Linda Martin and Friends".[7] [8] [9] [10] [11] With nine participations, she has been the most frequent entrant in the National Song Contest's history. She won the contest twice, going on to represent Ireland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest. The first of these victories was in 1984 with the song "Terminal 3", written by Johnny Logan (under his real name Séan Sherrard). The song came 2nd in the final, being beaten by 8 points. "Terminal 3" reached No.7 in the Irish charts.[12] The second victory was in 1992 when her song "Why Me" (also written by Logan) went on to win the final in Sweden. This became Ireland's 4th victory in the Eurovision Song Contest and the song reached No.1 in the Irish charts as well as becoming a hit in many European countries.[12]

According to John Kennedy O'Connor in the book, The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, Martin was, at the time, one of only three artists to finish both first and second at Eurovision, however the winner of the 2008 contest placed 2nd in 2006 and so that number of people now amounts to 4.[13]

Recent career

She has presented the RTÉ quiz show The Lyrics Board, one of the broadcaster's more popular formats. She served as one of Louis Walsh's behind-the-scenes team on the first series of ITV's The X Factor.

She also served as a judge on the first, second and fourth seasons of RTÉ's You're a Star and on Charity You're a Star in Summer 2005 and Summer 2006. She was dismissed from the 2007 season, however, speaking on Saturday Night with Miriam O'Callaghan on RTÉ television on 28 July 2007, she insisted that she was "open" to being invited back on to the show. Martin has not ruled out a return to Eurovision following Ireland's dismal performance in the 2007 contest finishing last with only five points.

She was a guest performer at Congratulations, the 50th anniversary Eurovision concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2005. Martin was also the Irish spokesperson for Eurovision Song Contest 2007 and was one of the five judges for Eurosong 2009 (Irish Selection for Eurovision).

Martin has also appeared in pantomime, in Dublin. She starred in Cinderella as the Wicked Stepmother and in Snow White as the Evil Queen, and this year returns to panto in the Olympia Theatre's Robin Hood.

Selected discography

Singles with Chips

  • 1971 - "Today I Killed a Man"
  • 1971 - "Sock it To 'Em Sister Nell"
  • 1973 - "Open Your Eyes"
  • 1974 - "King Kong" (as Lily & Chips) [14]
  • 1974 - "My World"
  • 1975 - "Love Matters" (Irish charts #6)
  • 1975 - "Twice a Week" (Irish Charts #13)
  • 1976 - "I'm a Song, Sing Me"
  • 1977 - "Shine a Light"
  • 1977 - "Goodbye Goodbye" (Irish charts #2)
  • 1978 - "Here in My Arms (Or it's Over)"
  • 1978 - "The Sooner the Better"
  • 1980 - "Automobile"
  • 1981 - "New Romance (It's a Mystery)"
  • 1982 - "David's Song" (Irish charts #13)
  • 1982 - "Hi-Lowe"

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Singles (solo)

  • 1983 - "Edge of the Universe" (Irish charts #20)
  • 1984 - "Terminal 3" (Irish charts #7)
  • 1984 - "Body Works" (Irish charts #19)
  • 1988 - "Hiding from Love" (Irish charts #22)
  • 1989 - "Impossible to Do"
  • 1990 - "Where the Boys Are" (Irish charts #19)
  • 1991 - "Did You Ever" (with Mick McCarthy) (Irish charts #15)
  • 1992 - "Why Me" (Irish charts #1, UK #59[15 ])

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Chips on Irish Showbands.com
  2. ^ a b Chips and Linda Martin in the Irish Charts
  3. ^ Irish National final 1976
  4. ^ Irish National final 1977
  5. ^ Irish National final 1978
  6. ^ Irish National final 1982
  7. ^ Irish National final 1984
  8. ^ Irish National final 1986
  9. ^ Irish National final 1989
  10. ^ Irish National final 1990
  11. ^ Irish National final 1992
  12. ^ a b Irish Eurovision songs in the Charts - Linda Martin
  13. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books 2007. ISBN 978-1844429943
  14. ^ Barclay Records #62003 (France)
  15. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 352. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Carola
with "Here Today Gone Tomorrow"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1992
Succeeded by
Niamh Kavanagh
with "Here Today Gone Tomorrow"
Preceded by
The Duskeys
with "Here Today Gone Tomorrow"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1984
Succeeded by
Maria Christian
with "Wait Until The Weekend Comes"
Preceded by
Kim Jackson
with "Could It Be That I'm In Love"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1992
Succeeded by
Niamh Kavanagh
with "In Your Eyes"







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