…which is ‘The Club of Friends of Groups of Czechoslovak Music’.
This is the (apparently new) YouTube group that seems to be beginning to populate YouTube with a whole cornucopia of music that originates from exactly the time and place that gets the ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ juices flowing, including the ‘Příběhy slavných – Léta letí’ documentary on Valérie Čižmárová’s life and work, no less. Any group responsible for uploading material like that certainly gets my seal of approval!
It’s been quite a new journey of discovery around some productions that I have hitherto not seen on the medium, so thank you very much for that, K.p.s.čs.h. 🙂
To make up for the fact that I marked neither her birthday nor her date of death – I have in any case made the decision that, on reflection, that is something of a treadmill that GOTGE was on, which will simply end up forcing me to think of new ways of marking these occasions each time they come around, so I have, until now, quietly abandoned that practice, but now is the opportunity to announce this loud and clear to all GOTGE Blog readers. Recording anniversaries, on the other hand, are a different matter – one of the most exciting discoveries – maybe the most exciting discovery, outside of ‘Příběhy slavných – Léta letí’ – has been the following performance of ‘Leto’ (‘Summer’) by Eva Kostolányiová from 1973. So this is the (admittedly belated, from, variously, 2nd November and 3rd October) tribute to the memory of this stunningly beautiful, stylish and talented woman, as many of the GOTGE Generation were. It also comes as no surprise that the song was beautiful, too…and entirely natively composed, with both music and lyrics by Ľudovít Štassel.
This captures Evička in her last full illness-free calendar year, before she contracted breast cancer in the Spring of the following year – eventually succumbing to it in the October of 1975. It is almost unreal to think that this lively, healthy and apparently physically fit young lady is only just about two-and-a-bit years away from death.
The tennis player, Daniela Hantuchová, was known as ‘The Legs from Slovakia’. I think Evička was also fully qualified to be known as such, going by this video 😉