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Jørgen Ingmann dies, aged 89

With great sadness, we report the death of the first ever Danish winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jørgen Ingmann. He died at the age of 89.

Ingmann won the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest together with his wife back then, Grethe. The duo met in 1955 and got married a year later. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest, the duo stayed together for twelve more years, divorcing in 1975. Grethe Ingmann died fifteen years later, in August 1990 at the age of 52.
Ingmann had some success overseas before the contest as well. His record label, EMI, preferred his version of Apache over The Shadows’ version, making it #1 in Canada and #2 in the United States. After the contest, Ingmann continued a career in Germany (like many other Danish, Swedish and Norwegian singers in those days), scoring some hits there.

Ingmann’s Eurovision winner is until today the only winner in the Danish language. Dansevise remains a loved tune among Eurovision fans. Both Grethe and Jørgen will be truly missed. The thoughts and prayers of the escXtra.com Team are with Jørgen’s family and friends in these difficult times.

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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