Ronnie Carroll, who represented the UK twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, passed away today at the age of 80.

In 1962, performing “Ring-a-Ding Girl” in Luxembourg, he finished in fourth place:

He also finished in a fourth place when he participated in the ESC the following year, in London, with “Say Wonderful Things”:

His real name was Ronald Cleghorn and he was born in Belfast (Northern Ireland) in August 1934 and has been the only artist to represent the UK two years in a row. He was married to actress Millicent Martin between 1959 and 1965.

Beyond his music career, with his biggest hit being “Roses Are Red” (1962), he also participated in politics and was due to take part in the 2015 general election.

Mr Carroll has died following a short illness, with his third wife, former athlete June Paul, by his side.

Our deepest condolences go to his loved ones.

I represent South America in the team. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, and living in Europe since 2011, my passion for the ESC began by chance in 2002 (and I've been in love ever since). I speak six languages, love pop/dance music and I am addicted to travelling, no wonder I am a Eurovision fan! 😃

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