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Doce logo.
Doce logo.
Background information
OriginLisbon, Portugal
Years active1979 (1979)–1987 (1987)
Past membersLaura Diogo
Lena Coelho
Fátima Padinha
Teresa Miguel
Fernanda da Sousa

Doce was a Portuguese female band from the 1980s. It was one of the first girl bands in Europe.

The girls took part in the Portuguese national final in order to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 with the song "Doce" ("Sweet"), but came second, and in 1981 with the song "Ali-Bábá, um homem das Arábias" ("Ali Baba, a man of the Arabias"), reaching 4th place in the national final. One year later, they won with "Bem bom" ("Very good") and went on the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 to reach the 13th position.[1] There is also an English version of this song, called "Bim Bom", as well as a Spanish version, called "Bingo".

The members were Laura Diogo, Lena Coelho (who later also became an actress), Fátima Padinha (first wife of Pedro Passos Coelho), and Teresa Miguel. Those last two were the female half of the band Gemini who represented Portugal in 1978. Fernanda da Sousa, who would later have notable success in Portugal as Ágata, temporarily replaced Coelho during the latter's pregnancy in 1985 and then replaced Padinha after her departure in the same year.




  • OK KO (LP, Polygram, 1980)
  • É Demais (LP, Polygram, 1981)


  • "Amanhã de Manhã/Depois de Ti" (Single, Polygram, 1980)
  • "Doce/Um Beijo Só" (Single, Polygram, 1980)
  • "OK KO/Doce Caseiro" (Single, Polygram, 1980)
  • "Ali-Bábá (Um Homem das Arábias)/Jingle Tónico" (Single, Polygram, 1981)
  • "É Demais/Dói-dói" (Single, Polygram, 1981)
  • "Bem Bom/Perfumada" (Single, Polygram, 1982)
  • "For The Love Of Conchita/Choose Again" (Single, Polygram, 1983)
  • "Starlight/Stepping Stone" (Single, Polygram, 1983)
  • "Quente, Quente, Quente/Eu e o meu namorado" (Single, Polygram, 1984)
  • "O Barquinho da Esperança/A história do barquinho" (Single, Polygram, 1984)
  • “Bem Bom“ (CD, Universal Music Portugal, 2003)

The Compilations[edit]

  • Doce 1979-1987 (Compilation, Polygram, 1986)
  • 15 anos Depois (Compilation, Universal, 2002), CD
  • Docemania (Compilation, Universal, 2003), CD/Comp
  • A Arte E A Música (Compilation, Universal Music Portugal, 2004) CD/Comp
  • Bandas Míticas || Volume 24 (Compilation, Levoir, 2011) CD/Comp
  • Os Maiores Êxitos Das Doce (Compilation, Lisbon Records, N.D) LP/Album/Comp


  1. ^ "Doce - Portugal — Harrogate 1982". Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  2. ^ "Doce". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by