Eurovision 1974 - Portugal

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Publicado em 12 de abr de 2008

Paulo de Carvalho performing "E Depois de Adeus" ("And After Goodbye"), the Portuguese entry at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

One of Portugal's most popular singers at the time, Paulo de Carvalho (who'd return to the contest in 1977 as a member of the group Os Amigos) gives a very strong performance of this truly nice end-of-relationship ballad that, despite only achieving a joint last place at the voting, became a song of particular significance in its home country - since, just three weeks later, it became the signal for the launching of the Carnation Revolution, which managed to overthrow a decades-long military regime and restore democracy in the counntry. To quote Wikipeadia:

"Despite the modest showing in Brighton at the Contest itself, the song achieved considerable fame as one of the two signals to launch the Carnation Revolution in Portugal against the Estado Novo regime of Marcelo Caetano - the other being the folk song "Grândola Vila Morena" by Zeca Afonso, which was the signal for the coup leaders to announce that they had taken control of strategic parts of the country."

For those interested in history, you can read more about the Carnation Revolution here:


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