Jorge MachadoBorn: August 16th, 1927, Lisbon (Portugal)
Died: July 29th, 2006, Lisbon (Portugal)
Jorge Machado was a conductor in the Eurovision Song Contest only once, but his involvement in the Portuguese preselection, the Festival RTP da Canção, went much further, having composed one song in 1964 (‘Finalmente’ for Artur Garcia) and having arranged thirteen hopefuls between 1970 and 1979, of which he conducted eight. In 1980, Machado was the musical director of the Portuguese heats, conducting all entries, sung by artists such as Madi, Dina, SARL (a group which included Carlos Alberto Moniz and Pedro Osório), and Doce. He accompanied the winner, José Cid, to the international final in The Hague. Cid’s song ‘Um grande, grande amor’ was arranged by Mike Sergeant and, conducted by Machado, finished seventh – equalling the best Portuguese result in the festival to date.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Jorge Machado will be published on this website