Milly Scott represented the Netherlands at the 1966 edition of the European Song Contest and made history in the process as the first Black entrant.
The contest that year was won by Austrian entry Udo Jürgens, pipping the United Kingdom entrant Matt Monro into second place, but Milly’s participation, with the song “Fernando en Filippo”, marked an important milestone in the song contest’s history.
In 1964, the Netherlands had previously entered Indonesian singer Anneke Gronloh as the first non-white participant, and Sweden’s singer in 1966 was accompanied by African American jazz musician Sahib Shihab, but Milly’s performance as the first Black headline singer for a country broke boundaries.
The following year Eduardo Nascimento represented Portugal in the 1967 contest but then it wasn’t until a decade later that another Black singer would represent their country when Germany’s Silver Convention took part in 1977 .
Since 1990 onwards, there have been more Black singers who have represented their countries over the years but it all started with the groundbreaking Black icon Milly Scott back in 1966.
Also available as part of a pair of prints.
Art & Hue presents Euro Song, a collection of stylish pop art featuring singers from across the years in homage to the European song contest.
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.
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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