Carrying on the theme of GOTGE singing in languages that would probably be more familiar to a UK-based readership/audience, here is a selection of Judit(-h) Szűcs videos of that nature.
(By way of an extended ‘aside’ it would appear that, in respect of career stages, I’m beginning to work out that ‘Judit’ might be to ‘Judith’ what ‘Carene’ is to ‘Karen’, as in ‘Cheryl’ – or, to mention a British favourite of mine from the late 1970s, what ‘Thereze’ Bazar, of the Guys ‘n’ Dolls and very early Dollar era, was to the later ‘Thereza’ Bazar – but I’m not sure whether or not the transformation was quite as immediate as in Carene’s/Karen’s case and it might be trickier to pin down any particular juncture when that occurred; also, please keep in mind the Hungarian tradition of placing the surname before the forename, if any readers are confused on that score! Interestingly, it’s very apposite that I should mention ‘Thereze’/’Thereza’ in an Eastern European context, since apparently the ancestry of the surname ‘Bazar’ can partly be traced to very near to Valérie Čižmárová’s part of the world in the far East of Slovakia and if one feminises the surname to ‘Bazárová’ it all of a sudden becomes very clear – note, from the ‘Pen Portrait’ below, how, in the printed text, it’s ‘Thereze’, but the signature reads ‘Thereza’…obviously from a period in transition!)
We start with a selection of performances in German, beginning with ‘Judit’ in 1979.
Here is a later performance (as ‘Judith’) on the famous East German Entertainment Show ‘Ein Kessel Buntes’. (Evidently part of a recent TV Celebrity Magazine show).
From one year later, here is a German-language performance of one of the songs Judith performed on the show with Don Lurio I recently embedded (which, it transpires, dates from 1981). Some readers will be aware of my decision NOT to follow, record-collecting-wise, the career of ‘Karen’. If I ever were going to miss Karen Cheryl’s ‘Sing To Me Mama’, this, I think, is something of a sound-alike (perhaps a notch or two down the ‘beats per minute’ scale, though) to replace that. Interesting that there appears to be a reference to a ‘Judith’ way back in 1977 at the beginning of the video, so, as I have perhaps implied, maybe ‘Judit’ ran concurrently with ‘Judith’.
Finally, we have a performance (from ‘Judith’…or is is ‘Judit’!?) in 1979 in English.
I think it can be said that, despite the fact that my ‘entry point’ into the world of GOTGE was Hana Zagorová, it was the discovery of Judit(-h) Szűcs that was the really seminal moment inasmuch as it was a case of “so, it wasn’t only the former Czechoslovakia, then?” and “‘Queen of Hungarian Disco’? What’s a ‘Hungarian Disco Queen’ like???”. Furthermore, ‘Táncolj még’ has to be one of the greatest dance tunes ever…and it was entirely the product of the former Eastern Bloc. “They could come up with tunes like this!!!???” So, it is Judit(-h) who is, in a way, the real beginning of GOTGE, so, in turn, it is entirely fitting that I should choose to feature her here. Also, since I am beginning to mention the creative talent behind the performing artists in GOTGE an honourable mention has to go to the Writer of ‘Táncolj még’, Gjon (‘Johnny’) Delhusa – a sort of Giorgio Moroder of the Eastern Bloc when it comes to composing Disco classics.
Continuing with Hungarian artists singing in German, here is Beáta Karda.
…and finally, returning to good old singing in one’s native tongue, here’s a bit of Beáta from 1976. Well, one can never have too much of B.K.! And so ends our morning in Hungary…and East Germany…and Cuba.