The Netherands – We’re a bit late to pay our respect to Jetty Pearl who has passed away last week in Amstelveen at the age of 92. She represented the Netherlands in 1956 and she’s the first singer in the history of Eurovision.
In 1956 each of the seven participating countries had two songs and while some countries chose the same singer for both songs (Michèle Arnaud for Luxembourg, Lys Assia for Switzerland), the Netherlands were represented by Jetty Pearl who performed “De vogels van Holland” first and Corry Broklen with “Voorgoed voorbij”.
Jetty Pearl can go in history as the first ever performer in Eurovision. Sadly, no video recording of the 1956 contest was ever made and we’re still unsure of the results of that contest which may be for the best as it leaves no less than 13 runner-ups. Jetty Pearl was born in Amsterdam on 27 May 1921 and moved to London during World War II when The Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. She married Dutch artist Cees Bantzinger (info Esctoday).
We present our condolences to her family and everyone saddens by this news.
Here’s the live recording of her 1956 performance, which opened more than 50 years of Eurovision history!