Eurovision Song Contest 1964

The Eurovision Song Contest of 1964 in Copenhagen saw an unrivaled first Italian victory with a song performed by the only 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti who had already won the Italian San Remo Festival with her entry Non Ho l’Età.

Protest on stage

The 1964 Eurovision Song Contest took place in the famous Tivoli in Copenhagen. This year, the event was highly political and there were demands that the right-wing dictatorships in Spain and Portugal should be excluded from the contest. There was even some trouble during the contest as just before the Belgian entry, a man entered the stage holding a banner saying "Boycott Franco and Salazar". He was quickly removed from the stage though.

As in the three years before, 16 countries participated in the competition. Portugal made its debute, and Sweden chose not to enter the contest. Germany, Portugal and Switzerland each scored zero points for the first time. In the case of Portugal, it was the first time in the history of the contest that a newcomer did not receive any points at all.

About the winner

Italy celebrated its first victory with the song Non Ho l’Età, performed by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti. Gigliola would also take part in 1974 and would become the host of Eurovision Song Contest of 1991, together with Toto Cutugno.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 21 March 1964


Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark


Gigliola Cinquetti from Italy




Lotte Waever

EBU Scrutineer

Miroslav Vilcek


Poul Leth Sørensen

Interval Act


The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Hugues Aufray Dès Que Le Printemps Revient 014 04
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Anneke Grönloh Jij Bent Mijn Leven 002 10
03 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Arne Bendiksen Spiral 006 08
04 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Bjørn Tidmand Sangen Om Dig 004 09
05 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Lasse Mårtenson Laiskotellen 009 07
06 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Udo Jürgens Warum Nur, Warum? 011 06
07 France
Flag of FranceRTF
Rachel Le Chant De Mallory 014 04
08 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Matt Monro I Love The Little Things 017 02
09 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Nora Nova Man Gewöhnt Sich So Schnell An Das Schöne 000 13
10 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Romuald Où Sont-elles Passées? 015 03
11 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
António Calvário Oração 000 13
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Gigliola Cinquetti Non Ho L'étà 049 01
13 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Sabahudin Kurt Zivot Je Sklopio Krug 000 13
14 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Anita Traversi I Miei Pensieri 000 13
15 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Robert Cogoi Près De Ma Rivière 002 10
16 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Tim, Nelly and Tony Caracola 001 12


Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Luxembourg Luxembourg
3533 14 4
The Netherlands The Netherlands
11 2 10
Norway Norway
51 6 8
Denmark Denmark
13 4 9
Finland Finland
333 9 7
Austria Austria
155 11 6
France France
315311 14 4
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1311551 17 2
Germany Germany
- 13
Monaco Monaco
35313 15 3
Portugal Portugal
- 13
Italy Italy
55535353555 49 1
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
- 13
Switzerland Switzerland
- 13
Belgium Belgium
11 2 10
Spain Spain
1 1 12