Phil CoulterBorn: February 19th, 1942, Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
Phil Coulter and Bill Martin composed two back-to-back UK entries, both commercially highly successful: ‘Puppet on a string’ for Sandie Shaw in 1967, the first victory in the contest for the United Kingdom, and ‘Congratulations’ for Cliff Richard in ’68. In 1970, Coulter wrote the arrangement to the Irish Eurovision winner ‘All kinds of everything’; this Dana song was published by Martin and Coulter’s company. In 1975 came Coulter’s only participation as a conductor, when he led the orchestra during the Luxembourg entry ‘Toi’ for his future wife Geraldine Branagan, an Irish singer; Coulter had written the song in collaboration with Bill Martin and Pierre Cour. In 1978, Coulter and Martin wrote ‘Shine it on’ for Christian, who, with it, finished third in the UK Eurovision heats.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Phil Coulter will be published on this website