A Man Without Love

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United Kingdom "A Man Without Love"
Eurovision Song Contest 1966 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Kenneth McKellar
Language English
Composer(s) Cyril Ornadel
Lyricist(s) Peter Callander
Conductor Harry Rabinowitz
Finals performance
Final result 9th
Final points 8
Appearance chronology
◄ "I Belong" (1965)   
"Puppet on a String" (1967) ►

"A Man Without Love" was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966, performed in English by Kenneth McKellar.

The song is a ballad, with McKellar comparing a man without love and a man with love. He explains that a man without love is "only half a man, this nothing", and a man "with love is everything in life".

For the performance of the song in Luxembourg, McKellar wore the traditional Scottish kilt.

"A Man Without Love" peaked at no. 30 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1966.[1]

It was performed eighteenth and last on the night, following Ireland's Dickie Rock with "Come Back to Stay". At the close of voting, it had received eight points (five from Ireland and three from Luxembourg), placed ninth in a field of 18 (the worst placing for the United Kingdom until 1978.

It was succeeded as British representative at the 1967 contest by Sandie Shaw with "Puppet on a String".

Note: This is not the Italian composition, "Quando M'innamoro", by Livraghi/Pace/Panzeri that was associated with the 1968 Sanremo Music Festival and sung by The Sandpipers. This 1968 song is a later version recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Sergio Franchi, among others, also titled "A Man Without Love".

If you like this, you should listen to Havanaise in E major, Op. 83 by Saint-Saens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havanaise_(Saint-Sa%C3%ABns) written in 1887.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 340. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
Preceded by
I Belong
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Puppet on a String