Boldog születésnapot!…

…which is a ‘Happy Birthday’ to a record today, as well as to the Singer, Karel Bláha, who performed a duet with Valérie Čižmárová at the Děčínská Kotva Festival of 1969, illustrated in the magazine article below, dating from the time around her sad early departure from this Earth, complete with a ‘Late News’ announcement of the aforementioned death at the bottom right-hand corner. I wonder if that astounding-looking seventeen-year-old in the photo had any faint idea of what was to come only a matter of approximately three-and-a-half decades later.

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Aleš Korábek has assembled a very handy guide to recording dates on the Valérie Čižmárová-related part of his site and forty-five years ago today, the B-Side to ‘Koko’ (itself to be recorded two days later) ‘Pán s loutnou’  – written by Jindrich Brabec and Michael Prostěovský, accompanied by Taneční Orchestr Čs. Rozhlasu (The Czechoslovak Radio Dance Orchestra), under Josef Vobruba, with backing vocals from Jezinky and produced by Miloš Skalka  – was recorded.

Here is a performance of it I have hitherto not seen, from the programme, ‘Písničky ke kávě’, which I take to date from sometime probably early on in 1972, on which ‘Koko’ and ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’ were also performed, preceded by a couple of stills from the titles, showing that this was the song that kicked off that mini-recital. It is a somewhat unlikely B-Side to a cover of a Glam Rock band’s earlier Bubblegum material, but Valérie was noted for a bit of contrast between the two sides of her discs. It shows, I think, influences from Eastern European Folk Dance music.

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