Debut acts from different countries

This week’s did you know was requested by Ban Ban Ban Wellsey (as he calls himself) and wanted a list of debut artist was each country. I first did this list in 2014 but here it is again and updated.

Country Artist Title of first/only hit Year
Algeria Cheb Mami (as a feat artist with Sting) Desert Rose 2000
Antilles K.I.D. Don’t Stop 1981
Argentina Waldo De Los Rios Mozart Symphony No. 40 In G Minor 1971
Australia Jimmy Parkinson The Great Pretender 1956
Austria Opus Live Is Life 1985
Azerbaijan Ell & Nikki Running Scared 2011
Bahamas Beginning Of The End Funky Nassau 1974
Barbados Johnny Kemp Just Got Paid 1988
Belgium Ping Ping And Al Verlane Sucu Sucu 1961
Bermuda Heather Nova No, No, No 1995
Brazil Los Indios Tabajaras Marie Elena 1963
Cameroon Wes Alane 1998
Canada Gisele McKenzie Seven Lonely Days 1953
Chile Dee-Tah Relax 1998
Columbia Shakira Whenever Wherever 2002
Congo Mohombi Miss Me 2010
Croatia Tatjana Santa Maria 1996
Cuba DeCastro Sisters Teach Me Tonight 1955
Czechoslovakia Jan Hammer Miami Vice Theme 1985
Denmark The Singing Dogs Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake/Three Blind Mice/Jingle Bells (Medley) 1955
Egypt Bob Azzam Mustapha 1960
Finland Darude Sandstorm 2000
France Caterina Valente The Breeze & I 1955
Germany Obernkirchen Children’s Choir The Happy Wanderer 1954
Ghana Ruby Amanfu Sugah 2003
Gibraltar Breed 77 The River 2004
Greece Aphrodite’s Child Tears And Rain 1968
Guadeloupe Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive 1979
Guinea Mory Kante Yeke Yeke 1988
Guyana Eddy Grant Living On The Front Line 1979
Hungary Eve Boswell Pickin’ A Chicken 1955
Iceland Mezzoforte Garden Party 1983
India Spellbound Heaven On Earth 1997
Ireland Eamonn Andrews The Shifting Whispering Sands 1956
Israel Topol If I Were A Rich Man 1967
Italy Renato Carosone Torero – Cha Cha Cha 1958
Jamaica Ezz Reco & The Launchers King Of Kings 1964
Japan Kyu Sakamoto Sukiyaki 1963
Jordan Ayah Marar (as a feat artist with Calvin Harris) Thinking About You 2013
Kenya Roger Whittaker Durham Town (The Leaving) 1969
Lebannon Mika Grace Kelly 2007
Libya Nadia Ali Rapture 2012
Lithuania Ten Walls Walking With Elephants 2014
Malta Gianluca Bezzina Tomorrow 2013
Martinique Gibson Brothers Cuba 1979
Mexico Paulino Rubio Don’t Say Goodbye 2002
Moldova O-Zone Dragostea Din Tei 2004
Montserrat Arrow Hot Hot Hot 1982
Morocco French Montana Unforgettable 2017
Netherlands Shocking Blue Venus 1970
New Zealand John Rowles If I Only Had Time 1968
Nigeria Dr Alban It’s My Life 1992
Norway Frida I Know There’s Something Going On 1982
Pakistan Rumer Slow 2010
Philippines Billy Crawford Urgently In Love 1998
Poland Basia Promises 1988
Portugal Rui Da Silva Touch Me 2001
Puerto Rico Ricky Martin (Un, Dos, Tres) Maria 1997
Romania Gheorghe Zamfir The Light Of Experience – Doina De Jale 1976
Russia Alsou Before You Love Me 2001
Senegal Youssou N’Dour Shakin’ The Tree 1989
Serbia Rita Ora (as a feat artist with DJ Fresh) Hot Right Now 2008
Seychelles Boniface Cheeky 2002
Somalia K’Naan Wavin’ Flag 2010
South Africa Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes Tom Hark 1958
South Korea PSY Gangnam Style 2012
Spain Johnny and Charley La Yenka 1965
Sweden The Spotnicks Orange Blossom Special 1962
Switzerland Yello I Love You 1983
Thailand Katoi Touch You 2003
Trinidad Trinidad Oil Company The Calendar Song 1977
Turkey DJ Quicksilver Bellisima 1997
UK Max Bygraves Cowpunchers Cantana 1952
Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances 2004
USA Al Martino Here In My Heart 1952
Yugoslavia Ivo Robic Morgen 1959
Zaire Missa Luba Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin Sanctus 1969
Zambia Warren Mills Sunshine 1985
Zimbabwe Rozalla Faith (In The Power Of Love) 1991
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