Knokke - Heist song festival
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The past half year we got a lot of e-mails and traffic on us mentioning the Belgian Knokke - Heist songcontest. As we found out ourselves there is very little information about this contest although older people (especially in the Benelux) remember it well. But if you’re born after 1955 you’ll be bound to be oblivious of the excistence of this festival. Still, it played an important part in giving a stage to the light-popular genre in Europe in the sixties Below is a history of the festival put together from the bits and pieces we were able to find.
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The World Exhibition in Brussels of 1958 was a one of those moments in European pophistory that turned out to be a key event. Not only was it a mayor influence to the development of electronic music (read: 'The audible future in Brussels') it also sparked the idea for the Knokke - Heist song festival. The management of the Casino Knokke suggested a contest with international character creation. Previous experiences during performances at the Casino showed that only the light musical genre (read early pop) seemed eligible for this idea. Now the Eurovision Songcontest and San Remo were already in full swing but the Belgians gathered that there was room in Western Europe for another songcontest, mainly focussing on young talent from the various European countries. In contrast to the Eurovision Song Contest, where only the presented song was judged - Knokke looked at the whole interpretation of the song (or at least so say the regulations). The contest was named the 'Europabeker voor zangvoordracht’ (European Cup for vocal recitation). 1959 was the first year the contest was held with France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy and England each sending six contestants. Two years after the birth of the first European Cup the contest was also broadcasted on television on various foreign channels. This did not contribute to a wide international reputation of the contest however.
Since the Knokke-Heist songfestival was something different then the Eurovision Belgium held a separate pre-selection for that called Canzonissima. That contest was held three times, in 1963, 1967 en 1971. Over the years, the rules of the Knokke-Heist songcontest changed several times, to end it off in 1970 with a super final set. In this set the best individual singers had to come out against a U.S. team (who were in the finals immediately). In 1971 Rumanian singer Aura Urziceanu won the contest this way (receiving the highest marks ever from the jury) after which she moved to the USA. The competive element was the beginning of the end. In 1972 the last Knokke-Heist songfestival was held followed by a farewell show in 1973 where some of the contestant from past years made an appearance.
In the years that followed the songcontest was revived several times in some form or other. The 15-year anniversary in 1980 was reason enough for the Belgians to see if they could really start a new contest. After much debate it did under the title 'Knokke Cup', which in itself became a well known festival for Schlager, cabaret and variety artists. Currently the town of Knokke organises the more rock focussed ‘Kneifestival’.
Click here for a list of all the contestants between 1959 and 1972.
Some of the contestants also contacted us. We obviously feel honoured, especially if we can persued them to write a small memoire. We hope this collection of personal memories will grow over the years. If you performed at the contest feel free to contact us and add your personal memories.
Go to: Contestants' diaries
Whether its movies, books or music, tales about taking risks just seem to make art seem that little bit cooler. There’s been hundreds of songs about poker, casino, roulette and everything in between since music began, and we take a look at ten of the best. From rock, to pop, and even heavy metal, check out these gems!
Snake Eyes – Mumford And Sons
The seventh track featured on their 2015 album Wilder Mind, Snake Eyes is a rather somber piece referencing bad luck with an ex-lover. The title Snake Eyes is a reference to the dice roll resulting in a single pip on each dice, the lowest score available from rolling two dice, and generally considered an omen of bad luck.
Ace of Spades – Motörhead
One of the most famous rock songs in history, 1980’s Ace of Spades from the album of the same name has become an anthem across the globe. The card referenced is traditionally considered the highest card in a deck of cards, but its value can change from game to game. Both the song and the album became firm fan favorites in Motörhead’s catalog, and the song has been played at every single show since its release.
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
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Featured on her debut album “The Fame” and one of the singers most famous songs, Poker Face landed at number one in charts across the globe and has been a staple of Gaga’s career ever since, earning itself covers from artists such as Pixie Lott, Chris Daughtry and even Finnish country band Steve ‘N’ Seagulls.
The Angel And The Gambler – Iron Maiden
This 1998 single from British band Iron Maiden was featured on the album Virtual XI, their second with new vocalist Blaze Bayley. The mostly CGI video features the band playing to an animated crowd, and their infamous mascot Eddie acting as house dealer against the bands bass player Steve Harris.
The Jack – AC/DC
Written by the Young Brothers and Bon Scott and appearing on their 1975 album T.N.T, the song has been featured in most of the bands live releases since its debut.
“She gave me the Queen, she gave me the King. She was wheeling’ and dealing’ just doin’ her thing. She was holdin’ a pair, but I had to try. Her deuce was wild but my ace was high.”
Although lyrically themed around gambling and packed with poker terminology, it’s rumoured that perhaps that’s not necessarily the case.
The Winner Takes It All – ABBA
A fan favorite in the ABBA catalogue, and earning itself over an incredible 40 different cover versions, this single hit #1 in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Featured on the 1980 album Super Trouper, the song was rumored to be about the divorce of band members Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus but has been heavily denied by both parties on numerous occasions.
Tumbling Dice – The Rolling Stones
Featured on the infamous 1972 double album Exile On Main Street, the lyrics tell the story of a gambling man who can’t remain faithful to any woman. Credited as a Jagger/Richards composition, the song was initially called Good Time Women, but after Jagger decided he wasn’t a fan of the lyrics so decided to write new ones, settling on the title, and turning to his house keeper for inspiration for the rest of the words.
Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
Probably the most famous gambling song in the world, and the unofficial soundtrack to the city that never sleeps, this track was initially released as a B-Side to “What’d I Say” from the film, Viva Las Legas. Although Presley never played the song live, it’s been covered live by numerous artists and is credited with selling over half a million copies.
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
Without a doubt the most popular guitar riff in history, the lyrics to this song tell the story of Deep Purple recording their album Machine Head in Montreux, Switzerland with a mobile recording studio called “The Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio” The day before Deep Purple were due to start recording, the Mobile was parked next to the Montreux Casino, an arena that was part of a complex of gambling halls, restaurants and theatres.
While Frank Zappa and his band the Mothers of Invention were onstage, a fire was ignited when an audience member shot a flare into the venue ceiling. The Casino burned to the ground (online casino gaming is much safer), but the studio and band were moved in time to escape damage.
Train of Consequences – Megadeth
Featured on the 1994 album Youthanasia, the lyrics to Train of Consequences tells the story of a man whose laundry list of poor decisions and betrayals eventually start to catch up with him.
“No horse ever ran as fast, as the money that you bet. I’m blowing on my cards and I play them to my chest”
The album received positive reviews upon its release and was commercially successful, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, and was certified platinum for shipping one million copies in the United States by 1995
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