Tuesday 27 September 2016

‘My career was sunk, I had no chance’ – Johnny Logan on life after first Eurovision win

Published 22/02/2016 | 13:47

‘Eurovision’ King Johnny Logan
‘Eurovision’ King Johnny Logan

Johnny Logan has revealed he found himself living in a dingy flat with five students just months after his first Eurovision win.

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Logan (61) won with the song 'What's Another Year' in 1981 but legal issues between his management and record companies contributed to his career imploding in the following months.

Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on Miriam Meets on RTE Radio One, Johnny said he was advised to buy a house on the basis that the cash would come rolling in after his win.

However, he said the money never came and he lost his house.  He said his business and management teams made "huge mistakes" and his career stalled.

Eurovision's Greatest Hits - Johnny Logan - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Eurovision's Greatest Hits - Johnny Logan - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

"My career was sunk," he said.  "I was left very alone and I couldn't really handle it.  I found I lost a huge amount of weight.  It was so traumatic that it left me shell-shocked."

"The management all ended up suing each other, and record companies don't like seeing this so I was left hanging and there was a music strike in the BBC and all TV shows were cancelled so the follow up never came up.  One thing after another I had no chance."

Euro star: Johnny Logan celebrates his second Eurovision win with 'Hold Me Now' in 1987
Euro star: Johnny Logan celebrates his second Eurovision win with 'Hold Me Now' in 1987

Several months later Johnny found himself living in a dingy flat with five students in England.  At one point the window in his room broke and the landlord used plastic to stop the snow coming in.

However, it was while he was camped out in the flat that he wrote, 'Hold Me Now' which he sang at Eurovision in 1987 and won for the second time.  He also wrote Linda Martin's winning 1992 Eurovision hit 'Why Me?'.

Thirty-six years later Logan is enjoying the peak of his career.  He gave up alcohol eleven years ago and released his album The Irish Connection which stayed at number one in the Norwegian charts for six weeks and knocked Coldplay off the first spot.

"I'm more successful now than I was 20 years ago," he said.

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