Portugal: ESC 1984 representative Maria Guinot passes away at the age of 73
Sad news for the Portuguese music community and the Eurovision family, as Maria Guinot has passed away due to a lung infection, aged 73.
The Protuguese national broadcaster RTP made public that Portuguese artist Maria Guinot has passed away. Maria Adelaide Fernandes Guinot Moreno (Barreiro, Portugal, 1945) had a classical music education and made her first carrer steps at the end of the 60’s. Some of her widely know songs were ballads like Criança loura, A canção que eu canto, La mère sans enfant and Toi, mon ami.
The Festival da Canção and Eurovision 1984 experience
In 1981 she participated in Portugals’ Eurovision selection Festival RTP da Canção with the song Um adeus, um recomeço, placing 3rd. In 1984 she won the festival with Silêncio e tanta gente(“Silence and so many people”) and thus represented Portugal at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
Eventually her warm ballad, Silêncio e tanta gente was placed 11th out of 19 competing entries, receiving a total of 38 points.
Maria Guinot released several singles and albums in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and worked with many other artists. She released her last album Tudo passa in 2004 and the song collection Um mar de sonsin 2005. She received the Medal of Honour of the Portuguese Society of Authors (Medalha de Honra da Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores) for her contribution in art in 2011 and made her last public appearance at the Festival da Canção 2014, where she was honoured by broadcaster RTP.
Maria Guinot passed away due to a lung infection in Parede (Cascais), Portugal, on Saturday 3 November, at the age of 73.
The INFE Network expressed its deepest condolences to Maria Guinot’s family, friends and fans. The Eurovision family will always honor and remember her.