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Sophie & Magaly

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Group Members:Sophie Gilles
Magaly Gilles
Active:1980-1981
Nationality:French
   
National Finals:Luxembourg
ESC Entries:Papa pingouin (1980)
   
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Biography

Sophie & Magaly was a group formed by French twin sisters Sophie and Magaly Gilles, who represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, performing the entry “Papa Pingouin” .The song ended in 9th place, however, it was a commercial success in France, where one million copies of the single were sold. Their second single, “Arlequin”, sold poorly, and the German producer Ralph Siegel of the label Ariola broke the contract with them. Producer Charles Talar gave a second chance to Sophie and Magaly. However, their follow-up singles “Toi” and “Les nanas de Zorro” were equally unsuccessful, and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. In the late 1980s, Magaly was infected with HIV, and died of AIDS in April 1996

 

Entries

Country:Luxembourg
Year:1980
Language:French
   
Artist:Sophie & Magaly
Song:Papa pingouin
Lyrics:Pierre Delanoë
Jean-Paul Cara
Bernd Meinunger
Composer(s):Ralph Siegel
Conductor:Norbert Daum
   
Backings:a.o:
Jean-Paul Cara
Results 
Points:56
Position:9
Running order:4
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