Das alte Karussell

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"Das alte Karussell"
Song by Lys Assia
LanguageGerman
English titleThe old carousel
WrittenGeorge Betz-Stahl
Released1956 (1956)
GenrePop
LabelDecca Records
Switzerland "Das alte Karussell"
Eurovision Song Contest 1956 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
George Betz-Stahl
Conductor
Fernando Paggi
Finals performance
Final result
2nd[a]
Final points
-
Appearance chronology
"Refrain" (1956) ►

"Das alte Karussell" (German pronunciation: [das ˈaltə ˌkaʁʊˈsɛl], in English: "The old carousel") is a song by Swiss singer Lys Assia. George Betz-Stahl wrote it.The song was released as a single in 1956.[2] It represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.[3][4]

Eurovision Song Contest 1956[change | change source]

Lys Assia, song performer, in 1957.

Selection[change | change source]

"Das alte Karussell" participated in a national final organized by Swiss broadcaster Télévision suisse romande (TSR) in 1956. The song placed second. For that reason, TSR sent it to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956. They sent the winning song, "Refrains", too.[3]

In the contest[change | change source]

The song competed in the contest. It was held in the Teatro Kursaal in Lugano, Switzerland, on 24 May 1956. Lys Assia performed it.[4] Fernando Paggi conducted the orchestra.[5]

It was performed second, after the Netherlands's Jetty Paerl with "De vogels van Holland" and before Belgium's Fud Leclerc with "Messieurs les noyés de la Seine".[1] The song position is not known because the voting results were not revealed.[6]

Formats[change | change source]

Release history[change | change source]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
 Germany 1956 7-inch 45 rpm vinyl record single Decca Records [2][7]

Related pages[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The song position is not known because only the winner was announced. However, the official Eurovision Song Contest website places the rest of the songs 2nd.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Final of Lugano 1956". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Lys Assia – Das Alte Karussell". Discogs. Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Schweizer Ausscheidung - Finale Suisse - Finale Svizzera" [Swiss Final 1956]. Vorstadt Music & Records (in German). Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Lys Assia - Switzerland — Lugano 1956". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  5. "Fernando Paggi". And the conductor is... Search, by year, 1956, Fernando Paggi. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  6. "Lugano 1956". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019. The scores of the voting have never been made public, leaving room for lots of speculation. Attempts to reconstruct the voting by interviewing jury members over the past five decades did not lead to any reliable outcome.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Lys Assia - Das alte Karussell / Es wird nie mehr so schön (Remember Me, Wherever You Go)". 45cat. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.