It is some time now since I’ve posted at ‘Girls Of The Golden East’, so, since today is the 73rd Birthday of the singer who introduced me to the (Female) Pop of the former Eastern Bloc, Hana Zagorová, today would seem to be the ideal opportunity to rectify this state of affairs!
This has partly been inspired by the recent discovery of the ‘The Glamtastic 70’s’ Facebook Page, as referenced in the latest post, as currently stands, over at the ‘sister Blog’ to ‘Girls Of The Golden East’, ‘Bananas For Breakfast’. It also carries on the theme of the preceding ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ post of the difficulties that female Pop Stars in the UK seemed to experience in terms of recording/hit action during the Early and Mid 1970s relative to the situation of female Pop Stars in other European countries in general and those in the former Eastern Bloc in particular.
A recent posting at the ‘The Glamtastic 70’s’ Facebook Page has been some facsimiles from the ‘TV Times’ listings magazine for ITV programmes for the week from 26th August to 1st September 1972, which would have been the ‘TV Times’ from the week of the recording of Valérie Čižmárová’s ‘Oči nelžou’ (‘Eyes Don’t Lie’) and ‘Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ (‘You Keep Saying How You Care About Me’) on 28th August 1972 – as my school career was to take its first serious step up on Hana Zagorová’s 26th Birthday of 6th September 1972…starting at Herbert Strutt School, where I was to spend two academic years coinciding with a particularly prolific period in the recording career of Valérie Čižmárová, as referred to at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’.
The front cover of that edition of the ‘TV Times’ just happened to feature one of Britain’s great recording stars of the 1960s, Sandie Shaw, in a very racy pose for a family magazine like the ‘TV Times’ – possibly more appropriate for the ‘top shelf’? It certainly wouldn’t be countenanced today!
In the article inside on Sandie Shaw it refers to her as being 25 years old at the time. This would make her the almost exact contemporary of, say, Helena Vondráčková, born in 1947.
It is rather startling that, as Sandie Shaw was clearly a prominent enough personality to feature on the front cover of a major magazine, looking at my copy of ‘The Guiness Book Of Hits Of The 70’s’ for any singles from that decade from her that made the UK Top 75, I find not one single single!
I would well imagine that, had the aforementioned Helena Vondráčková had a suitable British equivalent at that time, we’d have seen a whole swathe of singles making the Top 75 in that book.
Even accounting for the sentiments of the text accompanying this risqué photo (‘marriage, children and space to breathe’) surely there should have been at least one parcel of space and time during which Sandie could have recorded a single that hit the Top 75 in that period!
Again, there was something wrong with ‘Our Girls’!