A significant date on four levels

(a) Today is the 75th Birthday of Marie (‘Lady Soul’) Rottrová – the great lady who contributed so much to her compatriots’ self-belief that they, too, could sing Soul. I am thinking most especially of her performance of the song ‘Tobogan’ with Pettr Němec (a cover of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’) on Hana Zagorová’s TV show, ‘Písničky pro Hanku’ on Friday 27th June 1969. Maybe this had a similar effect in Czechoslovakia as Dusty Springfield’s ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ ‘Motown Special’ had had in the UK a few years previously – waking the nation up to Soul.

(b) The copy of the ‘Paris Match’ magazine featuring a photo of Carene Cheryl that I found in my attic, some time in the late Spring of 2004, that initially set me off on the road towards later discoveries of ladies in Pop from around the 1970s and from the European Continental Mainland was dated exactly forty years ago today.

(c) I recall, clearly, exactly one year ago today, making my first encounter over cyberspace with the incredible short burst of drumming from the aforementioned Carene before being interviewed on the programme, ‘Aujourd’hui madame’ dated 11th August 1976.

(both the above being mentioned in my introductory ‘sticky’ post)

(d) …and that, with the tragic irony of encountering an example of French musical talent on that day, later that day there was the attack, amongst other targets, on the Bataclan in Paris.


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