* Play-back (with which he represented Portugal at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest)
* Pó-de-arroz (Rice Powder)
* Souvenir de Portugal (Souvenir from Portugal)
* Vinho do Porto (Port Wine), a duet performed with Cândida Branca Flor
* Zero-a-zero (Nil-Nil)
* Marcha do Pião das Nicas
* Ga-Gago (stu-stutterer)
* Meia-dúzia (half a dozen)
* Telefonia nas ondas do ar (Radio in the Air Waves)
Additionally, he was an instrumentalist (having begun to play the accordion at age five) and a producer.
Carlos Paião was also a doctor, having graduated in Medicine in 1983, but his great passion was music.
Carlos Paião was killed in a car accident in Ponte Amieira, near the city of Rio Maior, in August 1988, while returning from a concert.
Eurovision Song Contest 1981 - Dublin
Entry for Portugal
Performer: Carlos Paião
Song title: Play-back
Song composer(s): Carlos Paião
Sang in Position: 15
Final Position: 18
Total Points: 9
For the second time, the Eurovision champion winner, Ireland, was the host for the event which took place in Dublin. In 1981, the total amount of participating countries was 20 once again equalling the record set three years earlier in Paris. Morocco withdrew after their first participation, and Italy decided to stay at home as well because the interest in the country had diminished. Yugoslavia returned to the contest after five years of absence, so did Israel after the county had missed out on one contest. Finally, Cyprus made its Eurovision debut. It was also the first year Egypt’s television viewers could follow the contest live on television.
The opening sequence of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest showed ‘old Ireland’ blending into ‘modern Ireland’ with shots of Celtic ruins, cliffs, castles, edited together with close-ups of art and shots of planes, waterfalls, people in the park, children feeding birds, traditional door knockers, front doors, architecture and horse races. The sequence ended with a map of Europe on a globe which span round to reveal the Eurovision logo.
The United Kingdom’s entry Making Your Mind Up by the group Bucks Fizz won the 1981 contest after a close race with Germany’s entry Johnny Blue by Lena Valaitis. Bucks Fizz was specially formed for the Eurovision Song Contest and had created a memorable show act when the 2 guys in the group ripped off the skirts of the 2 girls, revealing a shorter skirt underneath. To date, it is seen by many as one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Bucks Fizz continued their career all over Europe with many hitsongs during the 1980s, like The Land Of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies.
Edited by r_howie on 23 Mar 2009, 00:37
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