Biography

Michèle Torr a vécu avec le chanteur Daniel Bevilacqua, connu sous le pseudonyme de Christophe, avec lequel elle a eu un fils en 1967.

Puis elle se maria avec Jean Vidal, avec lequel elle a eu une fille en 1979. Elle divorce de Jean Vidal, qui était également son producteur. C’est lors de ce divorce qu’elle se rend compte qu’elle a beaucoup de dettes. Michelle Torr se produit très fréquemment (plus de 250 concerts par an), ce qui lui permet de rembourser ses dettes. Elle épouse Jean-Pierre Murzilli, avant de divorcer de lui, puis de vivre de nouveau avec lui.

En février 1980, elle réalise son premier Olympia en vedette, pendant un mois à guichets fermés.

Michèle fête ses 40 ans d’amour avec le public lors de son 10e Olympia en 2005, en mars.

En 2006, Michel Algay lui propose une tournée de chanteurs des années 1960-70 : Âge tendre et tête de bois, avec d’autres artistes comme Stone et Charden, Leny Escudero, François Deguelt, Frank Alamo, Richard Anthony, Demis Roussos…).

En 2007, la tournée continue. Le 25 février, Michèle Torr est la marraine de l’élection de super Mamie France 2007.

En 2008, Michèle Torr se produit à l’Olympia du 10 au 13 avril.

Michèle Torr sort un nouvel album en 2008, avec 16 titres dont la reprise de Pour ne pas vivre seul de Dalida et aussi un clin d’œil à Johnny Hallyday. Cet album s’intitule Ces années là.


Eurovision Song Contest 1966 - Luxembourg
Entry for Luxembourg

Performer: Michèle Torr
Song title: Ce Soir Je T’attendais
Song writer(s): Jacques Chaumelle
Song composer(s): Bernard Kesslair

Sang in Position: 4
Final Position: 10
Total Points: 7

The capital city of Luxembourg was the home of the 11th Eurovision Song Contest. The rules for the contest were heavily discussed and many changes were suggested but they remained almost unchanged to the previous year apart from the fact that the national juries could include music experts again.

During the dress rehearsal, the Italian pariticipant Domenico Modugno was not satisfied with the orchestra and left the stage in anger. It was uncertain if he was going to perform during the live show, but he sang his song Dio Come Ti Amo after all. The song later became a huge success in South America for Gigliola Cinquetti, the winner of the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest .

The Austrian participant Udo Jürgens participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the third consecutive time and finally, he managed to give the first ever victory to his native country with his song Merci Cherie. Udo later became one of the most-loved artists in the German-speaking countries.
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Future song contest hosts Lill Lindfors and Åse Kleveland took part in this contest as singers, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. In her performance, Åse ignored tradition and was the first woman not to wear a dress in the Eurovision Song Contest;

Dutch representative Milly Scott became the first black singer to take part in the contest.


Eurovision Song Contest 1977 - London
Entry for Monaco

Performer: Michèle Torr
Song title: Une Petite Française
Song writer(s): Jean Albertini
Song composer(s): Paul de Senneville, Olivier Toussaint

Sang in Position: 2
Final Position: 4
Total Points: 96

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Wembley Conference Centre in London. The event was postponed for five weeks because of the fact that the cameramen and technicians were on strike. The song contest was supposed to take place on the 2nd of April, but it did not take place before the 7th of May. 18 countries took part this year. Sweden returned, and Yugoslavia withdrew from the contest. Tunisia was supposed to take part as well, performing in 4th position, but the country withdrew its entry.

The rule of performing in one’s national language was brought back to the song contest as since 1973, countries could sing in a language they wanted. However, Germany and Belgium were allowed to perform in English because their entries had already been chosen before the rule was brought back.

The German group Silver Convention had been hugely popular all over the world in the mid 70s with songs like Fly Robin Fly and Get Up And Boogie. Even if there were high hopes that their 1977 entry Telegram would mark the first victory for Germany, the song only ended up in 8th position.

Anita Skorgan sang her first entry Casanova for Norway this year. She would return in 1979 and also try several more times to represent her home country, but always lost out in the Norwegian national heats. Austria gave a innovative performance as Boom Boom Boomerang by the group Schmetterlinge was performed with the artists wearing masks on the back of their heads.

France won its fifth victory - and last to date - with the song L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant performed by Marie Myriam. France’s victory was a record in Eurovision Song Contest history. The record was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983, and beaten by Ireland in 1994. The United Kingdom entry Rock Bottom by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran came second. It was the 11th consecutive time that a British entry came top 4.

Edited by craigjau on 12 Apr 2009, 00:35

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