Linda Martin turns 60

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Who would have believed that Linda Martin – Ireland's fourth Eurovision Song Contest victory in 1992 – is turning 60? She is still going strong and many female readers would be happy to look so young at her age.

Being born on 17th of April 1947 it is indeed a fact that Linda Martin is 60 years old today. With nine participations in the Irish final she has marked herself as one of the most frequent singers to take part in a national final, not just in Ireland, but in the whole history of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Linda’s debut in the national finals goes back to 1976 when she was a part of the group Chips that finished second with the song We can fly. Linda participated 4 times in the national final with this group, four times solo and once as a part of Linda Martin and friends, but she only managed to win twice, both times with a song written by Johnny Logan.

In 1984 she finished second in the Eurovision Song Contest with Terminal 3, but in 1992 she won with Why me. This was Linda Martin’s first victory, Johnny Logan’s third and Ireland’s 4th. Those two songs can be watched on the videos further down this article.

For those who want to search for her many songs in the national final which didn’t reach the Eurovision Song Contest here is a total list of her history in the Irish national final:

1976: ChipsWe can fly – 2nd place
1977: ChipsGoodbye goodbye 4th place
1978: ChipsHappy days – 4th place
1982: ChipsTissue of lies – 8th place
1984: Linda MartinTerminal 3 1st place
1986: Linda MartinIf I can change your mind – 4th place
1989: Linda Martin: Here we go – 6th place
1990: Linda Martin & FriendsAll the people in the world – 2nd place
1992: Linda MartinWhy me – 1st place would like to wish Linda Martin a very happy birthday and all the best for the future. Breithla shona duit!

1984: Linda Martin – Terminal 3 (Live at the Eurovision Song Contest)

1992: Linda Martin – Why me (Live at the Eurovision Song Contest after she won)

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