ESC COPENHAGEN 1964 (9ª)

  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 21 March 1964 – 20:00 CET
  • Host – Venue & Location: Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Presenter (s): Lotta Wæver
  • Musical Director: Orchestra: Karsten Andersen, Tavares Belo, Willy Berking, Michel Colombier, Johannes Fehring, George de Godzinsky, Rafael de Ibarbia Serra, Jacques Denjean, Gianfranco Monaldi, Kai Mortensen, Fernando Paggi, Franck Pourcel, Harry Rabinowitz, Henry Segers, Radivoj Spasic e Dolf van der Linden.
  • Director: Poul Leth Sørensen
  • Executive Producer:
  • Executive Supervisor: Miroslav Vilček
  • Multicamera Director: Poul Leth Sørensen
  • Host broadcaster: Danmarks Radio (DR)
  • Opening Act: Tivoli Youth Guard
  • Interval Act: Ballet-Harlequinade
  • Participants – Number of entries: 16 [🇧🇪 Belgium (9ª), 🇫🇷 France (9ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (9ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (9ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (9ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (9ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (8ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (8ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (7ª), Monaco (6ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (8ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (5ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (4ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (4ª),  Yugoslavia (4ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (1ª)]
  • Debuting countries: 🇵🇹 Portugal (1ª)
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries: 🇸🇪 Sweden (6ª)
  • Vote – Voting system: Ten-member juries awarded points to their three favourite songs. Each country’s jury awarded 5, 3 and 1 points
  • Nil Points: 🇩🇪 Germany (1ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (1ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (1ª),  Yugoslavia (1ª).
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 Non ho l’età (per amarti)” – Gigliola Cinquetti – 🇮🇹 Italy (1ª)

Logo ESC 1964

About. The 1964 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Italy scored its first victory with a song performed by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti who had already won the Italian San Remo Festival with her entry “Non Ho l’Età”.

Protest on stage. The 1964 Eurovision Song Contest took place in the famous Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen. The event became highly politicised with demands that right-wing dictatorships in Spain and Portugal should be excluded from the contest. There was even some trouble during the contest as just before the Belgian entry, a man entered the stage holding a banner saying “Boycott Franco and Salazar”. He was quickly removed from the stage. As in the three previous contests, 16 countries participated in the competition. Portugal made its debut whilst Sweden chose not to enter. Germany, Portugal and Switzerland each scored zero points for the first time. In the case of Portugal, it was the first time in the history of the contest that a newcomer did not receive any points at all.

About the winner. Italy celebrated its first victory with the song “Non Ho l’Età”, performed by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti. Gigliola would also take part in 1974 and would become the host of Eurovision Song Contest of 1991, together with Toto Cutugno.

Facts & figures. As with the first ever contest in 1956, there is no known recording of the show. This is said to be as a result of a fire at the studios of Danish broadcaster DR in the 1970s and the fact that none of the other broadcasters recorded the entire show. A short recording of the winning reprise survives as does the audio recording of the contest. 

o/r  country   participant (s) song – translate Points   rank
01 🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT Hugues Aufray Dès que le printemps revient (Once spring returns) 014 04
02 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS Anneke Grönloh Jij bent mijn leven (You are my life) 002 010
03 🇳🇴 Norway NRK Arne Bendiksen Spiral 006 08
04 🇩🇰 Denmark  DR Bjørn Tidmand Sangen om dig (The song about you) 004 09
05 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Lasse Mårtenson Laiskotellen (Idling) 009 07
06 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Udo Jürgens Warum nur, warum? (Only why, why?) 011 06
07 🇫🇷 France RTF Rachel Le chant de Mallory (Mallory’s song) 014 04
08 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC Matt Monro I love the little things 017 02
09 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Nora Nova Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne (How quickly we get used to nice things) 000 13
10 Monaco TMC Romuald Où sont-elles passées? (Where have they gone?) 015 03
11 🇵🇹 Portugal RTP António Calvario Oração (Prayer) 000 13
12 🇮🇹 Italy RAI Gigliola Cinquetti Non ho l’eta (per amarti) [I’m not old enough (to love you)] 049 01
13  Yugoslavia JRT Sabahudin Kurt (Сабахудин Курт) Život je sklopio krug (Живот је склопио круг, Life has come full circle) 000 13
14 🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG Anita Traversi I miei pensieri (My thoughts) 000 13
15 🇧🇪 Belgium RTB Robert Cogoi Près de ma rivière (Nearby my river) 002 10
16 🇪🇸 Spain TVE Nelly, Tim & Tony (Los TNT) Caracola (Conch) 001 12

Participation map

A coloured map of the countries of Europe

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries  Transmitirá a 1º semifinal em direto. Countries that participated in the past but not in 1964  

ESC 1964 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results:

 Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 1964

The Eurovision Song Contest 1964 was the 9th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the country’s victory at the 1963 contest with the song “Dansevise” by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR), the contest was held at Tivolis Koncertsal on Saturday 21 March 1964, and was hosted by Danish TV speaker Lotte Wæver.

Sixteen countries participated in the contest. Portugal made its debut this year, while Sweden decided not to enter.

The winner of the contest was Italy with the song “Non ho l’età”, performed by Gigliola Cinquetti, written by Nicola Salerno and composed by Mario Panzeri. At the age of 16 years and 92 days, Gigliola Cinquetti became the youngest winner of the contest yet; a record she held until 1986. The entry had one of the widest margins of victory ever witnessed in the competition. It garnered almost three times as many points as the second-placed song.

Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen – host venue of the 1964 contest

1.Location. The host venue for the contest was Tivolis Koncertsal (Tivoli Concert Hall) in Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen, which lies within Denmark’s famous amusement park and pleasure gardenTivoli Gardens. The park, alluding by its name to the Jardin de Tivoli that existed in Paris, was opened on 15 August 1843, and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.

2.Format. Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totaled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.

The contest this year was highly politicised with demands that right-wing dictatorships in Spain and Portugal should be excluded from the contest. This controversy became apparent during the contest as just before the Belgian entry, a man entered the stage holding a banner saying “Boycott Franco and Salazar”. He was quickly removed from the stage. This alarmed the audience, to where the camera footage cut to the scoreboard, however, photographs were taken and released after the event. This would be the very first stage invasion in the contest’s history.

The immediate response of the Koncertsal audience to the Italian entry was markedly enthusiastic and prolonged and, most unusually for a contest performance, after leaving the stage Gigliola Cinquetti was allowed to return to take a second bow. Her performance was given an unscheduled repeat on British television the following afternoon. In the event, she won the most crushing victory in the history of the contest, with a score almost three times that of her nearest rival, a feat extremely unlikely ever to be beaten under the post-1974 scoring system.

2.1.Lost recordings. As with the 1956 contest, no complete video recording of the actual contest is known to have survived; however, unlike the 1956 contest (where the interval act is mostly missing), a complete audio recording does exist in the form of the DR radio broadcast. Some clips of the contest have survived, including part of the opening ceremonies, including some of presenter Lotte Wæver’s welcoming remarks, as well as the majority of the repeat performance of “Non ho l’età” from the end of the broadcast. For some time, there was a rumour that a copy of the entire contest existed in the French television archives. In 2021, INA confirmed to Wiwibloggs that the French television archives do not possess a copy of the contest.

A persistent myth, even repeated on the official Eurovision site, is that the tape was destroyed in a fire in the 1970s. More recent interviews with DR, however, state that the broadcast was never recorded in the first place, allegedly due to no tape machines being available at the studio at the time. The audio of the entire show, however, is still available online, and fan reconstructions using available clips, press photos and other sources have been made.

YouTube channel ESCstuff released their full reconstruction of the contest in December 2020, using footage recovered from Germany. It is the second reconstruction using the German footage uploaded on YouTube, as an earlier reconstruction uploaded by the channel ESCplus from 2013 was taken down.

In October 2021, YouTube user wieke qwieke reuploaded a low quality 3-minute rehearsal clip by Flemish broadcaster BRT, which featured a 7-second clip of Robert Cogoi performing his entry. The original video was uploaded by YouTube user qqtwee on 25 March 2011.

In December 2021, after purchasing it from the Finnish broadcaster Yle’s archives, Reddit user DYLCWS uploaded a 3-minute clip of the televised broadcast of the contest, including Gigliola Cinquetti being presented as the winner, the presenter Lotte Wæver introducing the award presenter Svend Pedersen, a shot of the medal, a shot of the audience, and a portion of the winning reprise of “Non ho l’età” at a front facing angle unlike most of the preexisting footage.

3.Participating countries. Sweden did not participate this year because of a boycott by singers. They did however broadcast it. Portugal competed in the contest for the first time, however they became the first country to score nul points on their début entry. Germany, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia also scored nul points for the first time. The Netherlands became the first country to send a singer of non-European ancestry, Anneke Grönloh who was of Indonesian descent. Spain decided to send the Spanish group Los TNT who were the first group of three or more participants in the history of the contest.

3.1.Returning artists.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Anita Traversi 🇨🇭 Switzerland 1956 (backing vocals), 1960

3.2.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.

  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jacques Denjean
  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – Karsten Andersen
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – Kai Mortensen
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – George de Godzinsky
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – Johannes Fehring
  • 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Harry Rabinowitz
  • 🇩🇪 Germany – Willy Berking
  •  Monaco – Michel Colombier
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal – Kai Mortensen
  • 🇮🇹 Italy – Gianfranco Monaldi
  •  Yugoslavia – Radivoje Spasić
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Fernando Paggi
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – Henri Segers
  • 🇪🇸 Spain – Rafael Ibarbia

3.3.Participants and results.

3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1964: 

• National Selections in 1964:

COUNTRY EVENT WINNER
🇩🇰 Denmark Melodi Grand Prix 1964 Bjørn Tidmand – “Sangen om dig
🇫🇮 Finland (Finnish Selection 1964) Lasse Mårtenson – “Laiskotellen
🇩🇪 Germany Ein Lied für Kopenhagen Nora Nova – “Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne
🇮🇹 Italy Sanremo 1964 Gigliola Cinquetti – “Non ho l’età
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nationaal Songfestival 1964 song selection Anneke Grönloh – “Jij bent mijn leven
🇳🇴 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 1964 Arne Bendiksen – “Spiral
🇵🇹 Portugal Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1964 António Calvário – “Oração
🇪🇸 Spain (Spanish Selection 1964) song selection Los TNT / Tim, Nelly and Tony – “Caracola
🇨🇭 Switzerland Concours Eurovision 1964 Anita Traversi – “I miei pensieri
🇬🇧 United Kindom A Song for Europe 1964 song selection Matt Monro – I Love the Little Things”
 Yugoslavia Jugovizija 1964 Sabahudin Kurt – “Život je sklopio krug” (Живот је склопио круг)

• Internal Selections in 1964: 

🇦🇹 Austria Udo Jürgens – “Warum nur, warum?
🇧🇪 Belgium Robert Cogoi – “Près de ma rivière
🇫🇷 France Rachel – “Le Chant de Mallory
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Hugues Aufray – “Dès que le printemps revient
 Monaco Romuald – “Où sont-elles passées”  

3.5.Connections:

4.Voting.

Voting results
Total score
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🇱🇺 Luxembourg 14 3 3 5 3
🇳🇱 The Netherlands 2 1 1
🇳🇴 Norway 6 5 1
🇩🇰 Denmark 4 1 3
🇫🇮 Finland 9 3 3 3
🇦🇹 Austria 11 5 1 5
🇫🇷 France 14 1 3 5 3 1 1
🇬🇧 United Kindom 17 1 5 3 1 1 1 5
🇩🇪 Germany 0
 Monaco 15 3 5 3 1 3
🇵🇹 Portugal 0
🇮🇹 Italy 49 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 5 5 3 5
 Yugoslavia 0
🇨🇭 Switzerland 0
🇧🇪 Belgium 2 1 1
🇪🇸 Spain 1 1

4.1.5 points. Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 5 points
8 🇮🇹 Italy 🇦🇹 Austria, 🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands, 🇵🇹 Portugal, 🇬🇧 United Kindom,  Yugoslavia
2 🇦🇹 Austria 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇪🇸 Spain
🇬🇧 United Kindom 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇨🇭 Switzerland
1 🇫🇷 France  Monaco
🇱🇺 Luxembourg 🇩🇪 Germany
 Monaco 🇫🇷 France
🇳🇴 Norway 🇩🇰 Denmark

4.2.Spokespersons. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1964 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

  1. 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – TBC
  2. 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Pim Jacobs
  3. 🇳🇴 Norway – Sverre Christophersen 
  4. 🇩🇰 Denmark – Pedro Biker 
  5. 🇫🇮 Finland – Poppe Berg 
  6. 🇦🇹 Austria – Walter Richard Langer
  7. 🇫🇷 France – Jean-Claude Massoulier 
  8. 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Kenneth Kendall
  9. 🇩🇪 Germany – Claudia Doren 
  10.  Monaco – TBC
  11. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
  12. 🇮🇹 Italy – Rosanna Vaudetti
  13.  Yugoslavia – Saša Novak
  14. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Alexandre Burger 
  15. 🇧🇪 Belgium – André Hagon
  16. 🇪🇸 Spain – Julio Rico

5.Broadcasts. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
🇦🇹 Austria ORF Willy Kralik 
🇧🇪 Belgium RTB French: Paule Herreman
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst 
🇩🇰 Denmark DR TV No commentator
🇫🇮 Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli 
Yleisohjelma Erkki Melakoski 
🇫🇷 France Première Chaîne RTF Robert Beauvais
🇩🇪 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hermann Rockmann 
🇮🇹 Italy Programma Nazionale Renato Tagliani 
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo Robert Beauvais
🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS Ageeth Scherphuis
🇳🇴 Norway NRK, NRK P1 Odd Grythe
🇵🇹 Portugal RTP A. Gomes Ferreira
🇪🇸 Spain TVE Federico Gallo 
🇨🇭 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller 
TSR French: Robert Burnier
TSI Italian: Renato Tagliani
🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC TV David Jacobs
BBC Light Programme Tom Sloan
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Miloje Orlović
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Gordana Bonetti 
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček 
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
🇸🇪 Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P1 Sven Lindahl

6.Incidents.

6.1.Stage invasion. A political protest occurred after the Swiss entry: a man trespassed onto the stage holding a banner that read “Boycott Franco & Salazar”. Whilst this was going on, television viewers were shown a shot of the scoreboard; once the man was removed the contest went on.

7.Trivial.

← Eurovision Song Contest 1963 • Eurovision Song Contest 1964 → Eurovision Song Contest 1965

Countries (in order of appearance)

Final Luxembourg ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ Norway ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Finland ⦁ Austria France United Kingdom GermanyMonaco ⦁ Portugal Italy (winner) ⦁ Yugoslavia Switzerland Belgium Spain

Artists (in order of appearance)

Final Hugues Aufray ⦁ Anneke Grönloh ⦁ Arne Bendiksen ⦁ Bjørn Tidmand ⦁ Lasse Mårtenson ⦁ Udo Jürgens ⦁ Rachel ⦁ Matt Monro ⦁ Nora Nova • Romuald ⦁ António Calvário ⦁ Gigliola Cinquetti (winner) ⦁ Sabahudin Kurt ⦁ Anita Traversi ⦁ Robert Cogoi • Tim, Nelly and Tony

Songs (in order of appearance)

Final Dès que le printemps revient” ⦁ “Jij bent mijn leven” ⦁ “Spiral” ⦁ “Sangen om dig” ⦁ “Laiskotellen” ⦁ “Warum nur, warum?” ⦁ “Le Chant de Mallory” ⦁ “I Love the Little Things” ⦁ “Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne” ⦁ “Où sont-elles passées” • “Oração” ⦁ “Non ho l’età” (winner) ⦁ “Život je sklopio krug” (Живот је склопио круг) ⦁ “I miei pensieri” ⦁ “Près de ma rivière” • “Caracola