Lena Valaitis 1981

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Lithuanian-born German Schlager singer Lena Valaitis on a back-page poster in Bravo of 2 April 1981. She was representing West-Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest, coming second with “Johnny Blue”, behind winners Bucks Fizz. “Johnny Blue” sounds like it comes from 1971, not ’81.

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Bravo 2 April 1981 (ABBA)

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ABBA feature on the cover of Bravo of 2 April 1981. This week 37 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• ABBA’s Benny recalls how it all began
• Midge Ure’s Ultravox have a hit (it means nothing to me!)
• Brian Johnson: How everything’s going with AC/DC
• Status Quo: Will this be their last tour? (no)
• A visit to Cliff Richard in Sheffield
• How Tatum O’Neal is making a fool of Leif Garrett
• The best thriller currently on screen: Dressed To Kill
• The stars of the wild Rock & Roll years
• Eurovision Song Contest line-up (#14, the UK’s Bucks Fizz, win)
• The Bay City Rollers’ attempted comeback
• Kristy McNichol’s pet monkey
• Maywood: the “disco sisters”
• Latest 50cc motorbikes reviewed