The last ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ Blog post made reference to a visit to my Auntie Sheila’s house that coincided with, variously, Argent and Gilbert O’Sullivan appearing on the Third Edition (of only six in total) of the show ‘2 Gs And The Pop People’ and with Helena Vondráčková’s Twenty-Fifth Birthday, today being her Seventy-Fifth.
Sadly, my cousin Bridget, referenced in the ‘Burton Observer & Chronicle’ article featured at this previous ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ Blog post, recently passed away at the age of only sixty (my own age, coincidentally) and her funeral took place on Tuesday 21st June, which strangely was half-a-century on from the day I first experienced a passing of a family member, when I was just ten years old, in the shape of Auntie Sheila’s husband, Uncle Henry. Rather than the stress of the funeral I thought that I would mark this occasion with an epic walk all the way from Belper to Melbourne to drop by my Auntie Sheila’s and Uncle Henry’s old place at 7, North Street and then to make my way to St. Bride’s Farm, Stanton-by-Bridge, in the end missing a last bus back to Derby so dragging myself back as far as Harvey Road for a short night and early morning near an all-night garage and eventually making my way back home shortly after eight o’clock on Wednesday morning!
Here are the photos I took on the way, by the River Derwent for a short picnic, over the old railway bridge over the River Trent on the Derby-Melbourne cycle path/footpath, 7, North Street, 45, North Street (my Nan’s old place, my maternal grandmother), ‘Mount Villa’ (my great Auntie Edna’s and Uncle George’s place on George Street), St. Bride’s Farm, the sunrise from the Spider Bridge, Allenton, Derby and a car from Helena Vondráčková’s Divadlo Rokoko (Rococo Theatre) successor, Valérie Čižmárová’s home town of Michalovce somewhere along Osmaston Road, Derby.
Exactly half-a-century on from the time when that edition of ‘2 Gs And The Pop People’ would have been on the television (6.30 pm – 7.15 pm) I took recordings, earlier this evening, variously of Argent’s ‘Hold Your Head Up’, played on that show, the excellent B-Side to ‘Hold Your Head Up’, ‘Keep On Rollin”, both written and produced by Rod Argent and Chris White, (fittingly, on the Epic label!) Helena Vondráčková’s ‘Jdi o dům dál’ (‘Pass On To The Next House’)…
Recorded 23rd November 1968, Dejvice studio, Prague Music: Bohuslav Ondráček Lyrics: Zdeněk Rytíř
Instrumental Accompaniment: Orchestr Golden Kids, conducted by Josef Vobruba Backing Vocals: Václav Neckář, Marta Kubišová
…and ‘Vládce našich dni’ (‘The Leaders Of Our Days’), the latter a cover of ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ variously by Dusty Springfield, Barbara Acklin and Susan Barrett.
Recorded 4th November 1968, Dejvice studio, Prague Music: Mort Shuman and Jerry Ragovoy
Lyrics: Zdeněk Rytíř Instrumental Accompaniment: Orchestr Golden Kids, conducted by Josef Vobruba Backing Vocals: Marta Kubišová, Waldemar Matuška and Václav Neckář
Record Cover: Bohumil Šejda
…and finally a ‘Parade Of Pops’ LP treatment of the song that Gilbert O’Sullivan performed on that edition of ‘2 Gs And The Pop People’, ‘Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day’.
Here they are embedded in that order.