34th Eurovision Song Contest
was held on May 6,
1989 in Lausanne,
Switzerland. The presenters were
Lolita Morena and Jacques Deshenaux. Riva was the winner of this
Eurovision with the song, Rock Me Baby, representing Yugoslavia. This was
the first, and only, victory for Yugoslavia in its 27 appearances
between 1961 and 1992. Then the country would break up into
several independent republics which would eventually become
EBU members and join the Eurovision Contest leading to a
substantial increase in the number of participant countries.
Riva's front-woman Emilija Kokić was Croatian and the winning song was performed in
Croatian, the lyrics were about a pianist who can play works by Mozart
or Chopin very well but he is asked by the singer to play
something danceable. This victory
brought the ESC to Zagreb, which at that time was part of Yugoslavia
but it is now Croatia's capital.
See you in
Zagreb for the 35th Eurovision Song Contest in 1990!