Saturday 3 May 1986


Born: April 23rd, 1947, Soest (West Germany)
Died: October 9th, 2018, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario (Canada)
Nationality: German

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview

In the 1970s, Rolf Soja worked in Hamburg, West Germany, as a composer, arranger, and record producer. With lyricist Frank Dostal, he was responsible for all international hits of Spanish duo Baccara, including ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ and ‘Sorry I’m A Lady’ (both from 1977). Besides composing film music, Soja also wrote songs for Claude François, Hildegard Knef, Nana Mouskouri, and Waterloo & Robinson. In 1977, he composed a song which participated in the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Rolf Soja moved to Canada in the 1980s, passinga way in Muskoka Lakes in 2018.


Rolf Soja composed and conducted a Eurovision entry for Luxembourg on two occasions. In 1978, he came up with ‘Parlez-vous français’, with which Baccara failed to impress on the Eurovision stage in Paris. Eight years later, in 1986, Soja was more successful with a Canadian singer, Sherisse Laurence, who sang his ‘L’amour de ma vie’. This entry finished 3rd behind Sandra Kim (Belgium) and Daniela Simons (Switzerland).


Country – Luxembourg
Song title – "Parlez-vous français?"
Rendition – Baccara (Mayté Mateos / María Mendiola)
Lyrics – Frank Dostal / Peter Zentner
Composition – Rolf Soja
Studio arrangement – Rolf Soja
Live orchestration – Rolf Soja
Conductor – Rolf Soja
Score – 7th place (73 votes)

Country – Luxembourg
Song title – "L'amour de ma vie"
Rendition – Sherisse Laurence
Lyrics – Frank Dostal / Alain Garcia
Composition – Rolf Soja
Studio arrangement – Rolf Soja
Live orchestration – Rolf Soja
Conductor – Rolf Soja
Score – 3rd place (117 votes)

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