We are sad to report that Patrick Juvet, who represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 1973, has passed away. Juvet was 70 years old. His agent confirmed the news to AFP today.
Patrick Juvet: A disco king
Born in 1950 in Montreux, Switzerland, Patrick Juvet represented his country at Eurovision 1973. Eddie Barclay, the man behind Charles Aznavour, Dalida and Jacques Brel discovered the Swiss model in 1971. After a couple of releases, Eurovision came as a good opportunity. As a proper casanova, Juvet sang Je vais me marier, Marie. He eventually placed twelfth in the competition.
Proper success followed later in the 1970s. He focused on disco music, most notably alongside composer Jean-Michael Jarre. It led to the biggest success of his career, the 1977 single Où sont les femmes? In these years, Juvet also became an icon for bisexuality. Later in life, in 2005, he discussed his career and sexual orientation in greater detail in his autobiography Les bleus au cœur: Souvenirs.
After disco music went out of fashion, Juvet’s success declined. Wandering around the world, to places as Los Angeles, London and his home country of Switzerland, he suffered from depression and problems with alcohol. He returned to Paris in the early 1990s and released one more album: Solitudes. On the album, he collaborated with fellow Eurovision star Françoise Hardy. Juvet released his final album in 2006.
Patrick Juvet was found dead at his home in Barcelona today. According to Juvet’s agent, the cause of death is unknown. He said he spoke to Patrick Juvet a few days ago, with Juvet in good spirits. Patrick Juvet was 70 years old.
The thoughts of the entire ESCXTRA.com Team are with Patrick Juvet’s family and friends in these difficult times.