Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Danish Delights: Birthe Wilke

Birthe Wilke (born, March 19, 1936) is a popular Danish singer. She grew up in a musical family in Copenhagen's Vesterbro area.
Already as a teenager she won a talent competition at the National Scala Theatre in Copenhagen, sang as solist with Bruno Henriksen's Orchestra at Tivoli and made her first recording. She was named "Denmark's Doris Day" and recorded "Que sera sera" in 1956.
After qualifying in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest, she participated in Eurovision Song Contest 1957 where she sang ’’Skibet Skal Sejle I Nat’’ (literal translation, The Ship is Leaving Tonight) with Gustav Winckler. They ranked number 3, and stunned television audiences with a 32-second long kiss at the end of their performance.
She also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 where she sang solo ’’Uh-Jeg Ville Ønske Jeg Var Dig’’ (”'Oh - I wish I were you”'). She ranked number 5.

Birthe Wilke - Pepito
Birthe Wilke - Uh, hvor ville jeg ønske jeg var dig
Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler - Skibet skal sejle i nat


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Bruno said...

Very nice!I must say these are truely delights!