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On the 4th April 1981, history was to be made as four relatively unknown singers, Mike Nolan, Cheryl Baker, Bobby G and Jay Aston, collectively known as Bucks Fizz, represented the UK at this years Eurovision Song Contest.

Bucks Fizz 1981

Bucks Fizz performed the timeless catchy tune, "Making Your Mind Up", together with the now famous skirt ripping dance routine. This was one of the most up-tempo songs of the evening and with only two rounds of voting to go, it was a three-way tie between Germany, the UK and Switzerland. Switzerland were yet to vote and gave eight points to the UK, but "neel pwa" to Germany. Despite the final jury giving Germany maximum points, Bucks Fizz won the contest.

This victory was to set them up for a career that was to be as successful as any British Eurovision winner before, or since. They went on to become one of the most popular bands of the 80's with a string of hit singles and albums.

Bucks Fizz 1981

"Making Your Mind Up" was a Number One Hit for the group in nine different countries and received Gold Disc status in four countries. This was promptly followed by a further two Top 20 hits in the UK, "Piece Of The Action" and "One Of Those Nights" and a self titled album which went Gold in the UK and Platinum in Australia.

Bucks Fizz 1981       Bucks Fizz

After winning the contest, the group built on their success with other awards and accolades. In November 1981, they won the Best Song Award at the Yamaha Song Contest (the oriental Eurovision) in Tokyo with the song "Another Night".

Their next single released in November 1981, "The Land Of Make Believe" went Gold before Christmas of that year and went on to become one of their most popular songs, reaching Number One in three countries and winning the Ampex Golden Reel Award for One Million sales.

Bucks Fizz 1981    Bucks Fizz 1981

   

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