Johnny Logan (singer)

Johnny Logan (born 13 May 1954) is an Australian-born Irish singer and composer. He is known as being the only performer to have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1980 and 1987. He also composed the winning song in 1992.[1][2]

Johnny Logan
Logan performing in Hamburg in May 2017
Background information
Birth nameSeán Patrick Michael Sherrard
Also known as"Mr Eurovision"
Born (1954-05-13) 13 May 1954
Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1978–present

Logan first won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, with the song "What's Another Year" written by Shay Healy. In 1984, Logan composed the song "Terminal 3" which placed second at Eurovision, performed by Linda Martin.[3] He won the contest for a second time in 1987 with "Hold Me Now", which he also wrote himself. His third win came in 1992, as composer of Linda Martin's winning entry "Why Me?".

Early life

Johnny Logan was born on May 13, 1954 as Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard in Frankston, Victoria, Australia. Logan's father Charles Alphonsus Sherrard was a Derry-born Irish tenor known by the artistic name Patrick O'Hagan. The family moved back to Ireland when Logan was three years old. He learnt the guitar and began composing his own songs by the age of thirteen. On leaving school he apprenticed as an electrician, while performing in folk and blues clubs. His earliest claim to fame was starring as "Adam" in the 1977 Irish musical Adam and Eve [4] and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[5]


1978–1986: First Eurovision Win

Logan adopted the stage name Johnny Logan after the main character of the film Johnny Guitar and released his first single in 1978. He first attempted to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979, when he placed third in the Irish National Final with the song "Angie".[6][7] Readers of The Connaught Telegraph in Ireland voted Logan as Best New Male Artist.[5]

In 1980, Logan again entered the Irish National selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the Shay Healy song "What's Another Year", winning the Irish final on 9 March in Dublin.[8] Representing Ireland in the Netherlands, Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest on 19 April.[9] The song became a hit all over Europe and reached number one in the UK.[10]

"In London" was released in June and "Save Me" shortly after. With confusion by radio stations over which to play, both singles flopped. Another single released in late 1980, a cover of a recent Cliff Richard song, "Give A Little Bit More" was a more concerted effort and although it narrowly missed the chart. Logan blames his lack of success in the UK on poor management and his inexperience.[11]

In early 1983, Logan attempted a comeback in the UK with the song "Becoming Electric" with a new sound and image and promotional push, but the failed to chart. In 1985, Logan released his third studio album Straight From The Heart which failed to chart. He also collaborated on the charity single "You'll Never Walk Alone" in aid of the Bradford City Disaster Fund.[5] In 1986, Logan rebranded himself as Logan with the song "Stab in the Back", which also failed to chart.

1987–1991: Second Eurovision win

In 1987, Logan made another attempt at Eurovision and with his self-penned song, "Hold Me Now", he represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgium. The song won the contest and Logan became the first person to win the contest twice. "Hold Me Now" became a major European hit and reached number two in the UK.[12][13] Logan released a cover of the 10cc song "I'm Not in Love", produced by Paul Hardcastle as a follow-up, and an album Hold Me Now. In 1988, Logan released "Heartland" which became a hit in the Irish charts and from then on, concentrated on his career in Ireland and Europe.[14]

In 1990, Logan recorded a country version of "Miss You Nights" with Elvis Presley's backing band The Jordanaires.[5] He also wrote and sung the theme song Angels Don't Hide for the German television show Blue Blood.[5]

1992–2000:Third Eurovision win

Having composed the Irish Eurovision Song Contest 1984 entry for Linda Martin, "Terminal 3" (which finished in second place), Logan repeated the collaboration in 1992 when he gave Martin another of his songs, "Why Me". The song became the Irish entry at the finals in Sweden. The song took the title and cemented Logan as the most successful artist in Eurovision history with three wins.[2]

Author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor notes in his book The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History that Logan is the only lead singer to have sung two winning entries and one of only five authors/composers (all men) to have written/composed two winning songs.[15]

On 16 April 1997 Logan left his handprints in concrete on the Walk of Fame in Rotterdam; The largest Star Boulevard in Europe.[5]

2000–present: Recent career

Logan continues to perform and write songs. He is sometimes referred to as "Mister Eurovision" by fans of the contest and the media at large.[1] He has continued his love of participating in musical theatre, having toured Norway with Which Witch, an opera-musical originating in that country.

In October 2005, "Hold Me Now" was voted as the third most popular song in Eurovision history at the 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. "What's Another Year" was also nominated amongst the 14 finalists. Logan has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. "Hold Me Now" is also a global million-seller.

Logan has continued to have success, particularly in the Scandinavian countries. His 2007 album, The Irish Connection went platinum in Denmark, twice platinum in Norway and gold in Sweden.[16]

In 2009 and 2010, he performed in the Celtic rock opera Excalibur, and continued to do so in 2011.

Logan was one of the recording artists that appeared in the Irish TV series The Hit going against Duke Special. He shortlisted the song "Prayin'" by Alan Earls and Jamie Wilson's "Rain" from the pitching rooms. He chose to release "Prayin'" for the chart battle against Special who chose a song called "1969" by Aaron Hackett. Logan won the chart battle with his song charting at number three in the charts while Special's charted at number five. Logan returned for the final where he performed "Prayin" with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and was runner-up to Finbar Furey.

In 2002, he took part in the UK television quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a team panelist in a Eurovision-special.[17]

"Hold Me Now" has been adopted by fans of Bohemian F.C. (Bohemians) as their anthem and it is played in Dalymount and sung with gusto at both home and away matches .

In 2007, Logan advertised McDonald's Eurosaver menu in Ireland. In 2007, he sang "A State of Happiness", advertising the Dutch Center Parcs.

In 2011, Logan received some publicity over comments perceived as an attack on Jedward, that year's Irish Eurovision entry. When the identical twins appeared on The Late Late Show, presenter Ryan Tubridy asked them how they felt about Logan calling them "an embarrassment to Ireland". Logan later clarified those comments: "What I said was that I find them embarrassing to watch. It's like watching two Frank Spencers in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. It's like watching a train crash – you can't look away, but at the same time you don't want to see it".[18] He subsequently refused an interview with RTÉ broadcaster Derek Mooney as, according to Mooney, "he thought we were going to stitch him up". Logan gave an interview to Today FM broadcaster Ray D'Arcy instead.[19]

On 16 December 2012, Logan appeared as musical guest on Romanian edition of X Factor.[20]

In May 2012, Anmary, the Latvian representative to 2012 Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan sang "Beautiful Song" where, in the opening lyrics, she sings: "I was born in distant 1980 / The year that Irish Johnny Logan won / Thirty years or more, they still remember / So dream away, today's the day I'm singing my song" referring to Logan's 1980 Eurovision win "What's Another Year".

Personal life

Logan lives in Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland with his wife, Ailis and their three children, Adam, Fionn and Jack.[21] And he has a daughter, Robyn (born in 1988) with Turkish dancer and actress Burçin Orhon.[22][23] He rarely gives media interviews due to what he claims have been frequent misquotes.[18]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
In London
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Release Records
  • Formats: LP
What's Another Year/The Johnny Logan Album
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Release Records (RRL 8015) / Epic Records (84477)
  • Formats: LP
Straight From The Heart
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Epic Records (26500)
  • Formats: LP
Hold Me Now
  • Released: July 1987
  • Label: Epic Records (451073)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
Mention My Name
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Epic Records (465194)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
Endless Emotion
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: WEA Records (9031-76541)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
Reach Out
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: MSM Music (74321403252)
  • Formats: CD
Love is All
  • Released: October 1999
  • Label: BMG Records (74321697582)
  • Formats: CD
Reach for Me
  • Released: March 2001
  • Label: Epic/Sony (502022)
  • BMG Records (7432189341)
  • Formats: CD
Save This Christmas for Me
  • Released: 28 November 2001
  • Label: Epic/Sony (504680)
  • Formats: CD
We All Need Love
  • Released: October 2003
  • Label: Scanbox Entertainment (CD82203)
  • Formats: CD
The Irish Connection
(Johnny Logan and Friends)
  • Released: April 2007
  • Label: My Way Music (M 20138-2)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Irishman in America
  • Released: September 2008
  • Label: My Way Music (M 20163-2)
  • Formats: CD, DD
Nature of Love
  • Released: May 2010
  • Label: Black Pelican (88697712602)
  • Formats: CD, DD
The Irish Connection 2
  • Released: December 2012
  • Label: Labrador Music (LM201332552)
  • Formats: CD, DD
It Is What It Is
  • Released: May 2017
  • Label: Artists & Acts
  • Formats: DD

Compilation albums

Title Album details
Love Songs
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: K-Tel (KCD323)
  • Format: CD/ Cassette
The Best Of
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Epic (484047 2)
  • Format: CD
The Best of Johnny Logan
  • Released: 8 January 2010
  • Label: Sony (88697518282)
  • Format: CD
Glanz Lichter
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Koch / Universal (2769246)
  • Format: CD
What's Another Year - The Best of
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Telamo (405380430891)
  • Format: CD/ Digital download


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"No, I Don't Want to Fall in Love" 1978                     In London
"Living for Loving"                    
"Angela" 1979                    
"What's Another Year" 1980   5   24 1 6 1 1 2 1 What's Another Year
"In London"/"Sad Little Woman"       70             In London
"Save Me"                     What's Another Year
"Give a Little Bit More (Too Much Too Soon)"         25           non-album single
"Ich Lieb Dich So Wie Du Bist" 1981                     non-album single
"Oriental Eyes" 1982         18           non-album single
"Becoming Electric"         22           non-album single
"Standing There" 1983                     non-album single
"Heaven" 1984         20           non-album single
"Ginny Come Lately" 1985                     Straight from the Heart
"Stab in the Back" 1986                     non-album single
"Hold Me Now" 1987   4   2 1 3 2 2 6 2 Hold Me Now
"I'm Not in Love" 75     47 8 70       51
"Heartland" 1988         21          
"Lonely Lovers"                     non-album single
"Red Lips" 1989                     Mention My Name
"All I Ever Wanted"                    
"Lay Down Your Heart"         20          
"Miss You Nights"[35] 1991                     Love Songs
"How 'Bout Us"       70             Endless Emotion
"It's Only Tears" 1992       82            
"Long Lie the Rivers"                    
"Voices (Are Calling)" 1993                     Interval act for the Eurovision Song Contest 1993
"Celebrate and Win"                     Track and Field Athletics Championship 1993
"I'm No Hero"                     Endless Emotion
"White Magic" 1994                     White Magic (soundtrack)
"Another Lover" 1995                     Reach Out
"The Only Thing I've Ever Wanted" 1996                    
"The Love In Your Eyes"                    
"Reunited" (featuring Dara Rolins)                    
"Love to Live" 1997                     non-album single
"You've Really Got a Hold On Me" (with Wendy Van Wanten) 1998                     Denk dan mij (Wendy Van Wanten album)
"Silly Love Songs" 1999                     Love Is All
"When Love Was All"                    
"The Lucky One" 2000                    
"Music" (with Robert Wells)                     non-album single
"Hold Me Now (2001)" 2001     9         54     Reach for Me
"No One Makes Love Like You" (with Nicole)                    
"Let's Make Love" (featuring Natasja Crone Back)                    
"Taking All the Blame"                    
"Let Love Be Love" (featuring Friends)                     Save This Christmas for Me
"Christmas Time"                    
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (with André Hazes) 2002           54         non-album single
"We All Need Love" 2004       85             We All Need Love
"Don't Cry / I Love to Party" (with Kaye Styles) 2006         25           non-album single
"Dancing with My Father" 2009                     Irishman In America
"Last Days of Beautiful" [36] 2010                     Nature of Love
"Prayin'" 2013         3           non-album single
"The Way She Looks At You" (solo or with Olaf Berger) 2015                     non-album single
"It Is What It Is" 2017                     It Is What It Is


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Milk and Honey
with "Hallelujah"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Bucks Fizz
with "Making Your Mind Up"
Preceded by
Sandra Kim
with "J'aime la vie"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Céline Dion
with "Ne partez pas sans moi"
Preceded by
Cathal Dunne
with "Happy Man"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Horoscopes"
Preceded by
Luv Bug
with "You Can Count on Me"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Jump The Gun
with "Take Him Home"
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