Vicky with a Y

Allow me to present Vassiliki, Baroness von Ruffin, who turns sixty-two today:

Vicky Leandros

A recording artist at sixteen, Vicky Leandros, daughter of Greek composer Leo Leandros, took fourth place in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967, representing Luxembourg, with a song you probably know better in an instrumental version:

She would win five years later with “Après toi.”

From 2006 to 2008, she was deputy mayor of the Greek city of Piraeus. More recently, she appeared in the Euro Friends Song Contest, billed as “a search for the ultimate Eurovision song.”


  1. McGehee »

    23 August 2011 · 8:44 am

    I had to sample dozens of versions of that song in the iTunes store weeks ago before I found just the one that my memory had been playing for me all these years.

  2. Gina »

    24 August 2011 · 2:10 am


    Hope I look that good at 62.

    I won’t. But wow. She’s a good looking lady.

  3. Gina »

    24 August 2011 · 2:11 am

    And I kinda remember this song from music class.

    Just barely though. Heard it from someplace.

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