Vivo cantando

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"Vivo cantando"
Salomé - Vivo cantando.jpg
Single by Salomé
B-side"Amigos, amigos"
Released1969
FormatVinyl single
Length2:09
LabelBelter
Songwriter(s)María José de Cerato, Aniano Alcalde
Producer(s)Augusto Algueró
Eurovision Song Contest 1969 entry
Country
Artist(s)
María Rosa Marco
As
Language
Composer(s)
María José de Cerato
Lyricist(s)
Aniano Alcalde
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
1st
Final points
18
Appearance chronology
◄ "La, la, la" (1968)   
"Gwendolyne" (1970) ►

"Vivo cantando" (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiβo kanˈtando], "I Live Singing") is a song recorded by Spanish singer Salomé. The song was written by María José de Cerato and Aniano Alcalde, and it was produced by Augusto Algueró. It is best known as the Spanish winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969.

The song was joint winner with the United Kingdom's "Boom Bang-a-Bang" performed by Lulu, "De troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr representing the Netherlands, and "Un jour, un enfant" sung for France by Frida Boccara. It was Spain's second winning entry in the contest and the last to date.

Background[edit]

The song is a very up-tempo number, sung from the perspective of a woman telling her lover about the positive changes he has had on her, specifically that she now lives her life singing.

Salomé recorded the song in six languages; Spanish (Castellano), Catalan (as "Canto i vull viure"), Basque ("Kantari bizi naiz"), English ("The Feeling of Love"), French ("Alors je chante") and Italian ("Vivo cantando"). Israeli singer Rika Zaraï released a cover version of the song in Alors je Chante and spent three weeks at number one in the French singles chart from 16 August - 5 September 1969.

Eurovision[edit]

Two memorable aspects of the performance at Eurovision were Salomé's costume – a Pertegaz pantsuit covered in long strands of porcelain resembling beads – and the fact that the singer chose to dance on the spot during certain parts of the song. Dancing was against the Song Contest rules at the time; Salomé was not penalized, however, as the performers from Ireland and the United Kingdom had done the same that year as well.

It was succeeded as Spanish entry at the 1970 Contest by Julio Iglesias with "Gwendolyne" and at the 1971 Contest by Karina with "En un mundo nuevo".

Sources and external links[edit]

Preceded by
"La, la, la" by Massiel
Eurovision Song Contest winners
co-winner with "De troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr, "Un jour, un enfant" by Frida Boccara and "Boom Bang-a-Bang" by Lulu

1969
Succeeded by
"All Kinds of Everything" by Dana Rosemary Scallon