The Second Edition of The Golden Stag Festival – 1969

The Golden Stag

The second edition of The Golden Stag Festival took place in Brasov between March 5th – March 10th, 1969, at the Dramatic Theatre. The Festival was hosted by Sanda Taranu, Silviu Stanculescu, a famous Romanian actor, and Andrei Magura, radio anchor.

The opening cocktail was offered by the mayor (Constantin Cartana) one day before the first contest, on March 4th, at the Army House in the Column Hall.

The festival was broadcast by 25 televisions from all around the world.

In the hors-concurs shows the audience met: Frankie Avalon, Cliff Richard and Juliette Greco, as well as famous Romanian artists like Margareta Pislaru.

The Golden Stag Trophy was awarded to a Romanian singer, Luminita Dorbrescu.

The second edition of The Golden Stag Festival ended on 10th of March, at the Carpati Restaurant (nowadys – Aro Palace Restaurant), with a dinner party for the singers, the stars, the jury and the journalists.

1969 Stars

In the hors concours-shows the audience met Cliff Richard, Ilinca Cerbacev, Ghiuli Cioheli, Tereza Kesovija, Udo Jurgens, Waldemar Matuska, Barbara, Margareta Pislaru, Gigliola Cinquetti, Frankie Avalon, Mie Nakao and Juliette Greco.

Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard’s, born Harry Rodger Webb, has been a musical icon for more than four decades. When he burst into the music scene in 1958, his raw teenage energy was a breath of fresh air. Critics considered him the promoter of the authentic rock ‘n’ roll in Europe.

Early in 1958 Harry Rodger Webb became Cliff Richard. His backing group was named first The Planets, than The Drifters. They were unaware that in the U.S.A, already was a famous soul group with the same name. Eventually they became The Shadows.

On August 9th, 1958, Cliff signed a contract with Columbia. His first single, Move It, released 20 days after, reached no. 2 in the British charts.

Cliff Richard became an international star after he released The Young Ones. He topped the LP charts with 21 Today issued by EMI to commemorate his 21st birthday.

At The Golden Stag Festival in March 1969, Cliff Richard was a powerful presence, one of the artists who impressed the audience not because he was a star but because he shared his musical feelings with the public.

Frankie Avalon

Francis Thomas Avallone was born on September 18, 1940. Since he was a little child his parents encouraged him to be on stage. His father taught him to play the trumpet. He first appeared on stage at the CR Club, an extension of Palumbo’s restaurant. The CR Club was a private business where the owner encouraged parents to bring their children to make their debut.

The success of another South Philadelphian, James Darren, inspired him to go for a singing career. He enrolled in a rock ‘n roll group named Rocco and the Saints, which featured another future star on the drums, Bobby Rydell.

Frankie did his first recording in 1958, Dede Dinah. However his big hit, Venus, was released in 1959.

Frankie Avalon has starred in more then 30 movies as Grease, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Alamo and The Take.

Competitors

March 6, 1969

KAARE SUNDALIN – SWEDEN
CHERAL CLAIR – ENGLAND
MARGARITA DIMITROVA – BULGARIA
SERGE DAVIGNAC – BELGIUM
MIDINETTE JACQUELINE – SWITZERLAND
STAVRO SHIALIS – CYPRUS
MIHAELA MIHAI – ROMANIA

March 7, 1969

RENATE KERN – R.F.G.
GRAND FRAZER – ENGLAND
RENATA PACCINI – ITALY
JULIO IGLESIAS – SPAIN
LUMINITA DOBRESCU – ROMANIA
JANOS KOOS – HUNGARY
CHARLOTTE LESLIE DIELLO – LUXEMBOURG

March 8, 1969

JACEK LESH – POLAND
HANIA PAZELTOVA – CZECHOSLOVAKIA
AARNO RANINEN – FINLAND
BENT WARBURG – DENMARK
CONNY WINK – HOLLAND
DAGMAR FRIEDERIC – R.D.G.
SLOBODAN STEFANOVICI – YUGOSLAVIA

March 9, 1969

FRIDA BOCCARA – FRANCE
ROY BLACK – R.F.G.
MARIA ROZOVA – U.R.S.S.
GHEORGHI DOYLE – IRELAND
ANDA CALUGAREANU – ROMANIA
VINCINGNERRO SALVATORE – ITALY

Julio Iglesias

Julio Jose Iglesias De La Cueva was born in Madrid in 1943, Spain. He enrolled in the musical career only in 1968, when he won a Spanish national song-writing contest. One year later he was awarded with a special prize at The Golden Stag Festival in Romania. Before, Julio studied law while playing for the Madrid soccer team. An automobile accident left him unable to compete in athletics, and he decided to begin writing songs on an acoustic guitar. Once he recovered from his injuries Julio went to England to improve his English, first in Ramsgate and then at Bell’s Language School in Cambridge. At that time he used to sing during week-ends in the Air Port Pub songs of Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, and The Beatles. In Cambridge, he met Gwendolyne Bollore, who would became his girlfriend and later also one of his musical successes. He became famous with a song dedicated to her, Gwendolyne.

On July 17th, 1968 he won the Festival de Benidorm with the song La vida sigue igual. One year later he recorded his first LP at the DECCA studios in London, did his first tour in Spain, sang in the Festival de Viña del Mar (Chile), participated in the San Remo Festival (Italy) and shot his first movie: La vida sigue igual.

In 1978 CBS International signed a contract with Julio, who began recording in three languages: English, French and Italian.
1984 was the year when he released 1100 Bel Air Place, a collection of duets which sold over three million copies. The duet with the country legend Willie Nelson, To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, ranked number one on the radio stations all over the world.

In Paris 1983, Julio Iglesias was awarded with the first and the only Diamond Record Award ever given to a singer by the Guinness World Book Of Records for selling more records in more languages than any other musical artist (Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese,…)

In 1984, Julio became one of the few Hispanic artists to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is situated on the Southern part of the Hollywood Boulevard, between Orange Street and Sycamore Street.

In 1988, he received the Grammy Award for Best Latin Singer of the previous Year for his album Un hombre solo.

Julio Iglesias’s most recent album, Tango, was released in 1996.
In 1997 he got the Monaco World Music Award for the Best Latin Singer.

Julio Iglesias’ list of awards and trophies is quite impressive. It includes more than 2600 Platinum and Gold records, and has sold over 250 million albums.

Julio Iglesias is known as a perpetual jokester, one who is sportsmanlike, enthusiastic, an old-fashioned romantic, an optimist, a devotee of the cinema, a loyal television viewer and an inveterate consumer of any and all music he comes across. He has five children; three of them from his previous marriage with Isabel Preysler Arrastria – “Chabeli” María Isabel (September 3rd, 1971), Julio José (February 25th, 1973) and Enrique Miguel (May 8th, 1975), and two with a young and beautiful Dutchwoman, Miranda Joana Maria Rinjsburguer – Miguel Alejandro and Rodrigo.

Winners

The Golden Stag Trophy
LUMINITA DOBRESCU – ROMANIA

Second Prize and the Silver Stag Trophy
HANJA PAZELTOVA – CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Third Prize and the Bronze Stag Trophy
CONNY VINK – HOLLAND

Special Prize awarded by the Jury
ROY BLACK – R.F.G.

Mentions
MIHAELA MIHAI – ROMANIA
ANDA CALUGAREANU – ROMANIA
FRIDA BOCCARA – FRANCE