Scott Fitzgerald (singer)

Scott Fitzgerald ( born April 28, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland; actually William McPhail ) is a British singer, who in 1988 represented the UK at the Euro Vision Song Contest, while only narrowly missed the win.


Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1948 in Scotland William McPhail. He was a friend in his youth with a Jesuit priest, and went in the 1970s with Mike Connaris, Alan Swinden and Stefan Oprych on tour, the record label Music Mcasso founded in 1979. In 1974 he released the pop song Judy Played the jukebox (GTO Records).

For the first time made ​​Fitzgerald in the late 1970s as a singer attention. He took 1977 together with the Dutch singer Yvonne Keeley If I Had Words duet on a variation of Camille Saint- Saëns ' Symphony No. 3, lined with reggae beats. Both were accompanied by the " St. Thomas More School Choir " accompanied. The single, released by Pepper and United Artists, was able to place the beginning of 1978 for ten weeks in the British charts, where the title reached number three. In the Netherlands ( seven weeks ) and Belgian charts ( two weeks) got the title to square one. 1995 should be the song for the soundtrack of the hit Australian family film find Babe use.

Ten years after the success of If I Had Words won Fitzgerald titled Go the UK preselection for the Euro Vision Song Contest (ESC). With the ballad, written and composed by Julie Forsyth, daughter of the famous entertainer Bruce Forsyth, took the blonde singer the UK in 1988 at 33 Euro Vision Song Contest in Dublin. In announcing the country assessments Fitzgerald competed together with the starting for Switzerland mitfavorisierten Canadian Céline Dion (Ne pas sans moi partez ) for the win. The Briton led until the last vote from Yugoslavia by five points. While Fitzgerald has already been informed by the television producers over the course of the ceremony, the British contribution by the jury from Ljubljana received surprisingly no points. Dion's performance was evaluated with six points, making the Switzerland with only one point ahead won the victory. Caller complained a day later on British radio about the fact that the communist Yugoslavia would have favored the neutral Switzerland before the NATO Member United Kingdom. Go, published by PRT Records, was listed for two weeks in the UK charts, where the title number 52 reached.

While the ESC victory of the then unknown in Europe, 20 -year-old Céline Dion served as a springboard for an international career, Fitzgerald could not build on his earlier successes in the following years. He took again in 1992 together with his former singing partner Yvonne Keeley the single United We Stand on. Later, he earned his living as a singer on cruise ships and in Scandinavia.

Scott Fitzgerald is the father of Kiley "Ki" McPhail (also Kiley Fitzgerald ), former member of the British band Busted.