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. 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. 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.


01 Luxembourg Hugues Aufray Dès Que Le Printemps Revient 014 04
02 Netherlands Anneke Grönloh Jij Bent Mijn Leven 002 10
03 Norway Arne Bendiksen Spiral 006 08
04 Denmark Bjørn Tidmand Sangen Om Dig 004 09
05 Finland Lasse Mårtenson Laiskotellen 009 07
06 Austria Udo Jürgens Warum Nur, Warum? 011 06
07 France Rachel Le Chant De Mallory 014 04
08 Un. Kingdom Matt Monro I Love The Little Things 017 02
09 Germany Nora Nova Man Gewöhnt Sich So
Schnell An Das Schöne
000 13
10 Monaco Romuald Où Sont-elles Passées? 015 03
11 Portugal António Calvário Oração 000 13
12 Italy Gigliola Cinquetti Non Ho L’étà 049 01
13 Yugoslavia Sabahudin Kurt Zivot Je Sklopio Krug 000 13
14 Switzerland Anita Traversi I Miei Pensieri 000 13
15 Belgium Robert Cogoi Près De Ma Rivière 002 10
16 Spain Tim, Nelly and Tony Caracola 001 12

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