United Kingdom: Lynsey de Paul dies at age 64

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Lynsey de Paul, who together with Mike Moran represented the United Kingdom at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom, has died unexpected yesterday due to a brain haemmorhage, at the age of 64.

At the Eurovision Song Contest of 1977, held in London following the victory of Brotherhood of Man in 1976, Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran defended their country’s colours on home soil, earning the second place.

Lynsey de Paul was born in 1950 in London as Lynsey Monckton Rubin, and was of Jewish descent. Lynsey rose to fame as a singer-songwriter in the early 197o’s, with songs such as Sugar Me, Getting A Drag and Won’t Somebody Dance With Me. Together with music producer and songwriter Mike Moran, Lynsey de Paul wrote the song Rock Bottom, representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 in London, where they came second. Rock Bottom became a hit across Europe, reaching the top of the singles charts in various countries, including France, Germany, Austria and Switserland.

De Paul and Moran continued their working partnership with other hit songs, such as Let Your Body Go Downtown. Lynsey also continued her success as a solo singer-songwriter, including winning two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting. She was also part of the professional jury of the United Kingdom at the Eurovsion Song Contest 2012.

Lynsey de Paul was a talented and iconic figure in the Britisch music scene of the 1970’s, being one of the first succesfull female singer-songwriters. Although unmarried, De Paul was romantically linked to famous actors and musicians, including Sean Connery, Dudley Moore and Ringo Starr, and she has revealed to have received five marriage offers, including one from actor James Coburn. But Lynsey de Paul will be remembered for her musical talents and achievements, and a carreer that spanned four decades, lasting until her unexpected death in a London hospital, following a brain haemmorhage, in the morning of 1 October 2014.

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