Originally created to bring the nations of Europe together after the Second World War, the contest has produced singers and groups who endure to this day, as well as creating its own brand of Euro-Speak song titles which transcend language barriers.
Scottish singer Lulu was internationally famous for her powerful voice before she won the song contest. At the age of just 15, her version of “Shout” with The Luvvers hit the charts in 1964.
Lulu has been at the heart of British popular culture since the 60s, presenting her own TV shows, acting, and singing, as well becoming internationally renowned for her music across Europe and America.
As well as performing the hit title song, which was the best-selling single of 1967 in the USA, Lulu acted in the Sidney Poitier film “To Sir, with Love”, which also included Patricia Routledge in the cast.
Also available as part of a trio.
A fabulous cameo in the episode “New Best Friend” of “Absolutely Fabulous” with Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley & Britt Ekland, gave birth to the catchphrase “champagne for Lulu”, not a bad saying to be associated with everywhere you go. Lulu went on to appear in more episodes of the series as well as the film.
Other acting credits include replacing Julie Walters as Adrian Mole’s mother in the 1987 series, and cult and rare films “The Cherry Picker” with Terry-Thomas; “Cucumber Castle” with Frankie Howerd; and “Whatever Happened to Harold Smith” with Tom Courtenay.
This curio was one of a short spate of juke box films, like “Pop Gear” with Matt Monro, that gave cinemagoers across the country the chance to watch the popular “beat groups” on the big screen and in full colour.
Released on the 30th of August 1965, opening in cinemas including Hull’s Criterion, Lulu performs two numbers in “Gonks Go Beat”: “Choc Ice” over the opening titles, and “The Only One”.
Exclusively by Art & Hue, the Euro Song collection is available in three sizes & many colour options, printed on museum-quality archival card of 310gsm, made from 100% cotton, with fine-art pigment inks for longevity.
Available in A4, A3, and A2 sizes to fit standard-size picture frames. Please note that black frame is not included – for a guide on choosing a frame size take a look here.
Part of the Euro Song collection of stylish pop art prints inspired by singers from the European song contest, featuring Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books).
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