Eurovision Song Contest 1964

The 1964 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Italy scored its first victory with a song performed by 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 Concert Hall in Copenhagen. The event became highly politicised with demands that 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.

As in the three previous contests, 16 countries participated in the competition. Portugal made its debut whilst Sweden chose not to enter. 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

As with the first ever contest in 1956, there is no known recording of the show. This is said to be as a result of a fire at the studios of Danish broadcaster DR in the 1970s and the fact that none of the other broadcasters recorded the entire show. A short recording of the winning reprise survives as does the audio recording of the contest.

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
Hugues Aufray Jacques Plante
014 04
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Anneke Grönloh Jij Bent Mijn Leven
Ted Powder René de Vos
002 10
03 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Arne Bendiksen Spiral
Sigurd Jansen Egil Hagen
006 08
04 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Bjørn Tidmand Sangen Om Dig
Aksel V. Rasmussen Morgens Dam
004 09
05 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Lasse Mårtenson Laiskotellen
Lasse Mårtenson Sauvo Puhtila
009 07
06 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Udo Jürgens Warum Nur, Warum?
Udo Jürgen Bockelmann
011 06
07 France
Flag of FranceRTF
Rachel Le Chant De Mallory
André Popp Pierre Cour
014 04
08 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Matt Monro I Love The Little Things
Tony Hatch
017 02
09 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Nora Nova Man Gewöhnt Sich So Schnell An Das Schöne
Rudi von der Dovenmühle Niels Nobach
000 13
10 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Romuald Où Sont-elles Passées?
Francis Lai Pierre Barouh
015 03
11 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
António Calvário Oração
João Nobre Francisco Nicholson, Rogério B...
000 13
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Gigliola Cinquetti Non Ho L'étà
Nicola Salerno Mario Panzeri
049 01
13 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Sabahudin Kurt Zivot Je Sklopio Krug
Srcan Matijevic Stevan Raickovic
000 13
14 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Anita Traversi I Miei Pensieri
Giovanni Pelli Sanzio Chiesa
000 13
15 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Robert Cogoi Près De Ma Rivière
Robert Cogoi
002 10
16 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Tim, Nelly and Tony Caracola
Fina de Calderón
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