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Shelley Post subject: Alan Coates
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I was just wondering if Alan had ever performed in the Eurovision Song Contest?

I was looking for something else and his name came up for the ESC in 1980 with Lance Aston, Danny Finn, Jane Robbins, Kate Robbins and Sally Ann Triplett, coming 3rd.

I think the band was called Prima Donna.
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holliesfan Post subject: Re: Alan Coates
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Shelley wrote:
I was just wondering if Alan had ever performed in the Eurovision Song Contest?

I was looking for something else and his name came up for the ESC in 1980 with Lance Aston, Danny Finn, Jane Robbins, Kate Robbins and Sally Ann Triplett, coming 3rd.

I think the band was called Prima Donna.


Shelley - Here is a nice BIO on Prima Donna.
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Prima Donna consisted of Lance Aston, Alan Coates, Danny Finn, June Robbins, Kate Robbins and Sally-Ann Triplet.Some of the group members had their connection with chart history and Eurovision Song Contest. June and Kate Robbins were second cousins to Paul McCartney and Danny Finn had been in the New Seekers, when they reformed in 1976. Like many groups Prima Donna was especially formed for the Eurovision Song Contest. After Love Enough For Two they only recorded one more single, Just Got To Be With You, before disbanding. Sally-Ann would return to Eurovision as part of the 1982 entrants Bardo, before embarking on a solo career that would bring her to the cast of the musical Grease in the mid-90's. Alan Coates would accompany Bucks Fizz, next year's Eurovision winners, on their 1991 tour. The most success in terms of chart success had Kate Robbins. In 1981 she and her band Beyond reached the second position in the UK charts with the song More Than In Love.

Both Stuart Slater and Stephanie De Sykes were no strangers to charts and Eurovision. In fact they both wrote Co-Co's 1978 UK entry The Bad Old Days. Stuart Slater tried to enter Eurovision himself, again with a De Sykes/Slater composition in 1983. Sadly the song All Around The World didn't come further than a fifth position in A Song For Europe that year. Stephanie De Sykes enjoyed success in the charts in 1974 as part of the group Rain (Born With A Smile On My Face) and in 1975 solo with We'll Find Our Day.
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Shelley Post subject: Alan Clarke
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Thanks for that Holliesfan.

I also hear that Lance Aston is Jay Aston's (from Buck Fizz) brother.
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