"Merci, Chérie" ("Thank you, darling") was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966. Performed for Austria by Udo Jürgens with lyrics in German—despite the French words of the title. It is an earnest ballad in which the singer, as he leaves her, thanks his lover for good times and positive memories. It remains Austria's only winning song in the contest.
The song was covered by the English singer Vince Hill. Baker Cavendish wrote the English lyrics, with musical arrangement by Johnny Anthey. Released on Columbia Records, Hill reached #36 in the UK Singles Chart with it in June 1966.
Gunnar Wiklund with Nisse Hansén's orchestra recorded it for the Swedish market in 1966. Al Sundström wrote the Swedish lyrics but kept the French title. The song was released on the EPSjunger Eurovisionsschlager 1966 on His Master's Voice.
In 1967, Bent Fabric released an instrumental version of the song on his album Operation Lovebirds.
In 2007, American pop star Belinda Carlisle recorded a French version of the song and included it on her album of standards, Voila.