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…and here we go again with an anniversary of a Valérie Čižmárová recording! (It’s quite a way to keep a Blog nicely ticking over!)

On 10th January 1978 – continuing the theme of covers of originals by classic Disco artists and acts that was, at that time, informing Valinka’s work: ‘Tikot všech hodin’ (‘Every Clock Is Going Tick-Tock’) – a cover of Donna Summer’s ‘Wasted’ – and Valinka’s covering, under the identical title, of Boney M’s ‘Belfast’- Valinka covered Baccara’s ‘Sorry, I’m A Lady’, as ‘Tak se pozná dáma’ (‘So You Know I’m A Lady’), music by Rolf Soja and Czech-language lyrics by Jaroslav Machek and musical accompaniment by Pražské Smyčce, under Jan Hrábek. The video comes from ‘Chvíle pro písničku – Valerie Čižmárová’ (‘A Short While Of Song – Valerie Čižmárová’), broadcast later that year on the Feast Day of St. Valérie, 18th April, on which Valinka also performed ‘Tikot všech hodin’.

When it comes to Baccara’s originals, with the best will in the world, I cannot say that ‘Sorry, I’m A Lady’ is a patch on the absolute classic, ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ – interestingly enough, also covered in Czechoslovakia by the artist often mentioned in the same breath as Valinka, Věra Špinarová, as ‘Já mám ráda boogie’ (‘I Love Boogie’) – but Valinka succeeds, here, in the seemingly impossible of making me prefer this tune to the basis of ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ and ‘Já mám ráda boogie’….but then again, even a Great like Věra Špinarová conceded that she looked up to Valinka!

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