Johnny ArtheyDied: October 27th, 2007
In 1970, Johnny Arthey was the musical director of ‘A Song for Europe’, the UK Eurovision heats, in which Mary Hopkin sang all entries. He travelled to the contest final in Amsterdam with Hopkin to conduct her song ‘Knock, knock (Who’s there)’, which came second for the UK behind Dana (Ireland). One year later, Arthey did not have any part in ‘A Song for Europe’ (Norrie Paramor was the musical director), but he arranged the winning song from that competition, ‘Jack in the box’ by Clodagh Rodgers. He conducted the song in the Eurovision final, held in Dublin that year. In 1977, Arthey made a surprise return to the contest as the arranger and conductor of that year’s Luxembourg entry, ‘Frère Jacques’, sung by Anne-Marie B.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Johnny Arthey will be published on this website