Johnny Logan (singer)
Logan performing at The Eurovision Song Contest in 1980
|Birth name||Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard|
|Also known as||"Mr Eurovision"|
|Born||13 May 1954|
Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard (born 13 May 1954), better known by his stage name Johnny Logan, is an Irish singer and composer. He is known as being the only performer to have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1980 and 1987. He also composed the winning song in 1992.
Logan first won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, with the song "What's Another Year" written by Shay Healy. In 1984, Logan composed the song "Terminal 3" which placed second at Eurovision, performed by Linda Martin. He won the contest for a second time in 1987 with "Hold Me Now", which he also wrote himself. His third win came in 1992, as composer of Linda Martin's winning entry "Why Me?".
Johnny Logan was born Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard on 13 May 1954 in Frankston, near Melbourne, Australia. Logan's father, Charles Alphonsus Sherrard, was a Derry-born Irish tenor known by the artistic name Patrick O'Hagan, and he was touring Australia at the time of Johnny's birth. The family moved back to Ireland when Logan was three years old. He learnt the guitar and began composing his own songs by the age of thirteen. On leaving school he apprenticed as an electrician, while performing in pubs and cabaret. His earliest claim to fame was starring as "Adam" in the 1977 Irish musical Adam and Eve  and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
1978–1986: First Eurovision win
Logan adopted the stage name Johnny Logan after the main character of the film Johnny Guitar and released his first single in 1978. He first attempted to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979, when he placed third in the Irish National Final with the song "Angie". Readers of The Connaught Telegraph in Ireland voted Logan as Best New Male Artist.
In 1980, Logan again entered the Irish National selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the Shay Healy song "What's Another Year", winning the Irish final on 9 March in Dublin. Representing Ireland in the Netherlands, Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest on 19 April. The song became a hit all over Europe and reached number one in the UK.
"In London" was released in June and "Save Me" shortly after. With confusion by radio stations over which to play, both singles flopped. Another single released in late 1980, a cover of a recent Cliff Richard song, "Give A Little Bit More" was a more concerted effort and although it narrowly missed the chart. Logan blames his lack of success in the UK on poor management and his inexperience.
In early 1983, Logan attempted a comeback in the UK with the song "Becoming Electric" with a new sound and image and promotional push, but the failed to chart. In 1985, Logan released his third studio album Straight From The Heart which failed to chart. He also collaborated on the chart topping charity single "You'll Never Walk Alone" in aid of the Bradford City Disaster Fund. In 1986, Logan rebranded himself as Logan with the song "Stab in the Back", which also failed to chart.
1987–1991: Second Eurovision win
In 1987, Logan made another attempt at Eurovision and with his self-penned song, "Hold Me Now", he represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgium. The song won the contest and Logan became the first person to win the contest twice. "Hold Me Now" became a major European hit and reached number two in the UK. Logan released a cover of the 10cc song "I'm Not in Love", produced by Paul Hardcastle as a follow-up, and an album Hold Me Now. In 1988, Logan released "Heartland" which became a hit in the Irish charts and from then on, concentrated on his career in Ireland and Europe.
In 1990, Logan recorded a country version of "Miss You Nights" with Elvis Presley's backing band The Jordanaires. He also wrote and sung the theme song Angels Don't Hide for the German television show Blue Blood.
1992–2000: Third Eurovision win
Having composed the Irish Eurovision Song Contest 1984 entry for Linda Martin, "Terminal 3" (which finished in second place), Logan repeated the collaboration in 1992 when he gave Martin another of his songs, "Why Me". The song became the Irish entry at the finals in Sweden. The song took the title and cemented Logan as the most successful artist in Eurovision history with three wins.
Author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor notes in his book The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History that Logan is the only lead singer to have sung two winning entries and one of only five authors/composers (all men) to have written/composed two winning songs.
On 16 April 1997 Logan left his handprints in concrete on the Walk of Fame in Rotterdam; The largest Star Boulevard in Europe.
2000–present: Recent career
Logan continues to perform and write songs. He is sometimes referred to as "Mister Eurovision" by fans of the contest and the media at large. He has continued his love of participating in musical theatre, having toured Norway with Which Witch, an opera-musical originating in that country.
In October 2005, "Hold Me Now" was voted as the third most popular song in Eurovision history at the 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. "What's Another Year" was also nominated amongst the 14 finalists. Logan has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. "Hold Me Now" is also a global million-seller.
In 2009 and 2010, he performed in the Celtic rock opera Excalibur, and continued to do so in 2011.
Logan was one of the recording artists that appeared in the Irish TV series The Hit going against Duke Special. He shortlisted the song "Prayin'" by Alan Earls and Jamie Wilson's "Rain" from the pitching rooms. He chose to release "Prayin'" for the chart battle against Special who chose a song called "1969" by Aaron Hackett. Logan won the chart battle with his song charting at number three in the charts while Special's charted at number five. Logan returned for the final where he performed "Prayin" with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and was runner-up to Finbar Furey.
In popular culture
In 2011, Logan received some publicity over comments perceived as an attack on Jedward, that year's Irish Eurovision entry. When the identical twins appeared on The Late Late Show, presenter Ryan Tubridy asked them how they felt about Logan calling them "an embarrassment to Ireland". Logan later clarified those comments: "What I said was that I find them embarrassing to watch. It's like watching two Frank Spencers in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. It's like watching a train crash – you can't look away, but at the same time you don't want to see it". He subsequently refused an interview with RTÉ broadcaster Derek Mooney as, according to Mooney, "he thought we were going to stitch him up". Logan gave an interview to Today FM broadcaster Ray D'Arcy instead.
In May 2012, Anmary, the Latvian representative to 2012 Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan sang "Beautiful Song" where, in the opening lyrics, she sings: "I was born in distant 1980 / The year that Irish Johnny Logan won / Thirty years or more, they still remember / So dream away, today's the day I'm singing my song" referring to Logan's 1980 Eurovision win "What's Another Year".
On 16th May 2020, Logan appeared in Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light which was commissioned to replace the 65th Eurovison Song Contest due to its postponement until 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Logan sang his 1980 winning song What's Another Year
Logan lives in Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland with his wife, Ailis and their three children, Adam, Fionn and Jack. He also has a daughter, Robyn (born in 1988) with Turkish dancer and actress Burçin Orhon. He rarely gives media interviews, claiming to have been frequently misquoted.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|What's Another Year/The Johnny Logan Album||—||—||—||—||27||39||—||—||—|
|Straight From The Heart||
|Hold Me Now||49||—||18||—||59||12||23||25||83|
|Mention My Name||
|Love is All||
|Reach for Me||
|Save This Christmas for Me||
|We All Need Love||
|The Irish Connection
(Johnny Logan and Friends)
|Irishman in America||
|Nature of Love||
|The Irish Connection 2||
|It Is What It Is||
|The Best Of||
|The Best of Johnny Logan||
|What's Another Year - The Best of||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"No, I Don't Want to Fall in Love"||1978||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||In London|
|"Living for Loving"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"What's Another Year"||1980||–||5||–||24||1||6||1||1||2||1||What's Another Year|
|"In London"/"Sad Little Woman"||–||–||–||70||–||–||–||–||–||–||In London|
|"Save Me"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||What's Another Year|
|"Give a Little Bit More (Too Much Too Soon)"||–||–||–||–||25||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Ich Lieb Dich So Wie Du Bist"||1981||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Oriental Eyes"||1982||–||–||–||–||18||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Becoming Electric"||–||–||–||–||22||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Standing There"||1983||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Ginny Come Lately"||1985||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Straight from the Heart|
|"Stab in the Back"||1986||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Hold Me Now"||1987||4||4||–||2||1||3||2||2||6||2||Hold Me Now|
|"I'm Not in Love"||75||–||–||47||8||70||–||–||–||51|
|"Lonely Lovers"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Red Lips"||1989||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Mention My Name|
|"All I Ever Wanted"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Lay Down Your Heart"||–||–||–||–||20||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Miss You Nights"||1991||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Love Songs|
|"How 'Bout Us"||–||–||–||70||–||–||–||–||–||–||Endless Emotion|
|"It's Only Tears"||1992||–||–||–||82||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Long Lie the Rivers"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Voices (Are Calling)"||1993||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Interval act for the Eurovision Song Contest 1993|
|"Celebrate and Win"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Track and Field Athletics Championship 1993|
|"I'm No Hero"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Endless Emotion|
|"White Magic"||1994||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||White Magic (soundtrack)|
|"Another Lover"||1995||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Reach Out|
|"The Only Thing I've Ever Wanted"||1996||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"The Love In Your Eyes"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Reunited" (featuring Dara Rolins)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Love to Live"||1997||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"You've Really Got a Hold On Me" (with Wendy Van Wanten)||1998||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Denk dan mij (Wendy Van Wanten album)|
|"Silly Love Songs"||1999||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Love Is All|
|"When Love Was All"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"The Lucky One"||2000||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Music" (with Robert Wells)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Hold Me Now (2001)"||2001||–||–||9||–||–||–||–||54||–||–||Reach for Me|
|"No One Makes Love Like You" (with Nicole)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Let's Make Love" (featuring Natasja Crone Back)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Taking All the Blame"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"Let Love Be Love" (featuring Friends)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Save This Christmas for Me|
|"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (with André Hazes)||2002||–||–||–||–||–||54||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"We All Need Love"||2004||–||–||–||85||–||–||–||–||–||–||We All Need Love|
|"Don't Cry / I Love to Party" (with Kaye Styles)||2006||–||–||–||–||25||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"Dancing with My Father"||2009||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Irishman In America|
|"Last Days of Beautiful" ||2010||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Nature of Love|
|"The Way She Looks At You" (solo or with Olaf Berger)||2015||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||non-album single|
|"It Is What It Is"||2017||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||It Is What It Is|
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|Awards and achievements|
Milk and Honey
| Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Making Your Mind Up"
with "J'aime la vie"
| Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Ne partez pas sans moi"
with "Happy Man"
| Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "You Can Count on Me"
| Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Jump The Gun
with "Take Him Home"