Teddy Johnson, who represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 along with his wife Pearl Carr, has passed away at the age of 97.
Teddy Johnson began performing at an early age and formed his own band when he was 15 years old, becoming a professional at the age of 18. Initially starting out as an entertainer on cruise ships, he later took to theatre stages to perform as a solo act. Teddy also tried his hand at stand up comedy before focusing on music. Together with his wife, the BBC have selected them to be the UK’s second ever entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959 and their song “Sing Little Birdie” finished in second place (the first of up-to-date 15 second places the UK has achieved in the Contest).
After the Eurovision Song Contest, Pearl and Teddy continued performing on the variety circuit until the 1980s. In 1987 they performed in the musical Follies in London’s West End before retiring in 1990. In 2015 the pair celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Sadly, a couple of months before turning 98, Teddy Johnson died in London. Our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Teddy Johnson.