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Published on May 4, 2008
Carlos Mendes performing "A Festa da Vida" ("The Party of Life"), the Portuguese entry at the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest.
One of my biggest favorites from that year, a splendid dramatic song with great lyrics (which could be taken for having a slightly political undertone) and, most of all, a simply amazing, passionate performance by Carlos, in his second appearance at the contest after 1968. Btw, while searching for him, I was quite surprised to find out that one of his first solo recordings (after first achieving fame with the group Sheiks, along with 1974 entrant Paulo de Carvalho) was a cover version of "Penina", a song written for the Portuguese group Jota Herre by no less a figure than Paul McCartney! You can find more on this amazing story at http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=... .