Boldog születésnapot, ‘Tak se pozná dáma’!

This is just a short reminder to ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ readers that, after yesterday’s Anniversaries of the recordings of, variously, ‘Tak měj mě rád’ (‘So Just Love Me’) and ‘Mít aero a létat’ (‘To Have A Plane And To Fly’), on 9th January 1973, a half-decade and a day later, Valinka recorded her covering of Baccara’s ‘Sorry I’m A Lady’, ‘Tak se pozná dáma’ (‘So You Know I’m A Lady’), which can be played at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, where readers can also get information on the details and credits.

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Tak měj mě rád’ és ‘Mít aero a létat’!

Again, as I remarked this time last year on the 47th Anniversary of the recordings of ‘Tak měj mě rád’ (‘So Just Love Me’) and ‘Mít aero a létat’ (‘To Have A Plane And To Fly’) there isn’t much new to add except to mention that the hi-fi set-up pictured last year has ‘flown’ away on ‘holiday’ to my back room, or, in honour of the name given to the equivalent room at my previous address, the study.

Here it is now. Please forgive the poor quality of the photo. For some reason I cannot get the picture from my two ‘proper’ cameras, my Olympus E-PM1 and the one on my mobile phone, ‘Valinka’, to transmit to my laptop, so I had to use the in-built camera, which doesn’t give a very high resolution.

My hi-fi set-up ‘on holiday’!

To play these two songs that kicked off Valinka’s great singles-recording year of 1973 and to get information on the recording details and credits please go over to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’.

It remains to be seen if this ‘holiday’ turns into a permanent move by the time the ‘Golden Anniversary’, referred to in the ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ post alluded to from this time last year, comes around. Maybe, with it being a much smaller room, the sound would be more concentrated and would come over better in a YouTube video, all being well!

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Tikot všech hodin’!

I don’t think I can improve all that much on the fulsome sentiments I expressed this time last year on the 43rd Anniversary of the recording of Valinka’s ‘Tikot všech hodin’ (‘Ticking All The Time’), so, probably saving myself for something more expansive on an exact half-decade Anniversary this time next year, it’s the usual advice to ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ readers to go to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ to play the track and to get the full recording details and credits.

As long as readers just do that I don’t mind!

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Belfast’!

It is somewhat topical, as we proceed further into the New Year with the United Kingdom now definitively out of the European Union, that the ‘troubled times’ referred to in the latest post over on the ‘sister’ Blog to ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ possibly being in the here and now rather than back in what I mentally know as the ‘Girls Of The Golden East Era’ could come into play in Northern Ireland, the ‘Troubles’ having been almost unavoidably referenced in the ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ post this time last year on the 42nd Anniversary of the recording, at the Dejvice studio in Prague, of Valinka’s cover of Boney M’s ‘celebration’ – I use the quotation marks advisedly! – of the capital of Northern Ireland.

Let us all hope that this will not be the case as the Union of these nations enter this possible period of internal strain!

For the time being, Valinka’s rendering of ‘Belfast’ can be played at ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’, where one can see the recording details and credits.

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Když mě chceš’ és ‘Proč se ti zdá’ és boldog születésnapot ‘Rock and roller’!

It is now fifty-one years to the day since Valinka recorded – at the Studio FISYO in Prague – ‘Když mě chceš’ (‘When You Want Me’) and ‘Proč se ti zdá’ (‘Why Does It Seem To You’) and forty-four years to the day since she performed ‘Rock and roller’ – in its native Hungarian, having originally been by Kati Kovács, on the New Year’s Eve television show, ‘Silvestr na přání aneb Čí jsou hory Kavčí?’ (‘New Year’s Eve On Request Or Whose Are The Kavčí Hory?’).

To play the first two of these songs and for the recording details and credits please go over to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, but embedded right here is that startling appearance on ‘Silvestr na přání aneb Čí jsou hory Kavčí?’

‘Rock and roller’: Music and Lyrics by Gábor Presser

Here are those maybe to many of those in the television studio that night unintelligible lyrics from Gábor Presser, with an ImTranslator-based translation into English, although Valinka had run her famous fan, the actor Vladimír Menšík, who was on presentation duty, through the basic outline of the lyrics beforehand!

You see, it goes like this.”

Ha egy rock and rollert kaphatnék, egész nap rolleroznék
elmennék én tehozzád, elájulna a mamád.

If I could get a rock and roller, I would roll all day
I would go to you, your mom would pass out.

De a rock and roller nagyon drága, nem kapni a mi utcánkba Oh!

But rock and roller is very expensive, did not get to our street Oh!

Ha egy rock and rollert kaphatnék, én nagyon rendes lány lennék
megállnék a zebránál, hadd menjen aki gyalog jár.

If I could get a rock and a scooter, I would be a very ordinary girl
I would stop at the zebra, let me go on foot.

De a rock and roller nagyon drága, nem kapni a mi utcánkba Oh!

But rock and roller is very expensive, did not get to our street Oh!

Ha egy rock and rollert kaphatnék, soha busszal nem járnék
leállna a forgalom, bámulnák a rollerom.

If I could get a rock and scooter, I would never take a bus
traffic would stop, I would stare at my scooter.

De a rock and roller nagyon drága, nem kapni a mi utcánkba Oh!

But rock and roller is very expensive, did not get to our street Oh!

Ha egy rock and rollert kaphatnék, mindjárt hozzád szaladnék
felülhetnél leghátra, azt sem bánom, hogy ki látja.

If I could get a rock and roller, I’d run to you right away
you could sit on your back, I don’t mind who sees it either.

De a rock and roller nagyon drága, nem kapni a mi utcánkba Oh!

But rock and roller is very expensive, did not get to our street Oh!

It’s funny that it’s only now that it’s occurred to me that the title is actually a very clever play on words, now I know that a scooter, in Hungarian, is exactly what it is in German – a ‘Roller’. That ‘drága’ for ‘expensive’ is none too dissimilar to Czech’s own ‘drahý’, as well, which is also very much like our own, now somewhat old-fashioned word for ‘expensive’, ‘dear’.

So, after that in-expensive Hungarian lesson, it only remains to wish all ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ readers “Boldog új évet!”

Hmmm! Really seriously teaching myself some more Hungarian as a New Year’s resolution?

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Spousta příběhů’ és ‘Zrzek’!

This is just a short note to remind ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ readers that we are now at the 47th Anniversary of the recordings of ‘Spousta příběhů’ (‘Lots Of Stories’) and ‘Zrzek’ (‘Redhead’).

Much of the feelings I expressed on the 46th Anniversary still apply, so I’ll leave that be, except to say that it is a bit of a disappointment that the Supraphon version of the YouTube video of ‘Spousta příběhů’ seems to have nearly caught me up after my approximately seven-month start although my version is still out in front by at least one view! (90 views for mine and 89 for Supraphon’s).

All being well mine should still get to three figures first!

500 +!!!

At the ‘VALÉRIE ČIŽMÁROVÁ’ Facebook Group the ‘Fan-tastic’ news was announced a week ago by Aleš Korábek that our number of fans, or ‘Valinkers’, as I style them, has now passed what he called (in Czech!) the ‘half-thousand’ mark, the number of members of that group now standing at 507, making that another one member added per day since then.

I was hesitating to announce that here at ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ for just that week extra so I could make that a special for what I know – thanks to Valinka’s friend of the Divadlo Semafor years of her performing career, Miluška Voborníková having been born on this date in 1949 – as ‘Miluška-mas’.

So, happy ‘Miluška-mas’, Valinka!

Those appeciating your incredible talent are seemingly growing exponentially, since when I was admitted into the V.Č. Facebook Group at the turn of 2016 to 2017, the Group having been in existence then for approximately seven years (founded 15th January 2010) I was all of ‘Member No. 48’!

At the aforementioned growth rate of one per day and growing faster as time proceeds I’m pretty confident that by the time the next ‘Miluška-mas’ comes around us ‘Valinkers’ could well be well on the way to the ‘full-thousand’ mark!

Since I sort of think of the ‘Valinkers’ as an ‘army’ and since this favourite image of mine of Valinka was taken in 1974 in the German Democratic Republic in the company of some very fortunate soldiers from Czechoslovakia based in that country…

…I think it is highly seasonal to show that Valinka wasn’t alone in posing with the military in the German Democratic Republic in that year.

Miluška did it too, for the front cover of the May issue of ‘Armee-Rundschau’ (‘Army Review’)!

Looks like the ‘Valinkers’ are poised for lift-off, since I’m sure Miluška must be one of them!

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Koko’!

For once, when it comes to remembering happier times, I’m not going to go back one year. I’m going to go back two, since this time last year I was just getting over a very unfortunate incident at Sheffield Railway Station on the way back from following ‘my’ Norwich City away at Turf Moor, Burnley. September Twenty-Eighteen was a very different matter!

'Bananas For Breakfast' - Fan Blog for Valérie ('Valinka') Čižmárová

As last year was this is a double celebration – now just yesterday, as I write, late at night! – of the recording anniversaries – this time around, the forty-seventh – of ‘Koko’, by Valinka herself and ‘Pan Tydlitýt a pan Tydlitát’, over on ‘Girls Of The Golden East’, by Hana Zagorová, the former being a cover of The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ and the latter being a cover of Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’.

By way of a comparison, just eleven days beforehand, on the West German TV show, ‘Disco’, both ‘Co-Co’ and ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ had been performed.

If one goes over to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ for the recording details and credits and to play ‘Koko’ I think one can sort of see why, on that day in September 1971, Valinka took on a song originally…

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Boldog születésnapot, ‘Pán s loutnou’!…a všechno nejlepší k narozeninám, Karel Bláha!

Just another quick reminder this year of the double significance of this day of the year in terms of both Valinka herself and her associates at the Divadlo Rokoko!

'Bananas For Breakfast' - Fan Blog for Valérie ('Valinka') Čižmárová

Today is a sort of double celebration for the recording, on this date in 1971, of Valinka’s ‘Pán s loutnou’ (‘The Gentleman With The Lute’) – for the recording details and credits please go to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ – and for the birthday of Valinka’s colleague at the Divadlo Rokoko and occasional singing partner, Karel Bláha.

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For details of these photographs of Valinka with Karel – being the on on the far left-hand side in the group photo – please go to the ‘sister’ page of ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’, ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Pictures’.

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‘Oči nelžou’ – ‘Lift Off With Ayshea’ – 14.06.1972

After that last post, which was a memory of happier times, here is another one from two days thereafter on the at-the-time Forty-Seventh Recording Anniversaries of ‘Oči nelžou’ (‘Eyes Don’t Lie’) and ‘Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ (‘You Keep Saying How You Care About Me’).

Maybe, when my life and mind settle back down, at length, I’ll get back in the mood for preparing a YouTube uploading – it’ll probably be on the ‘Golden Anniversary’ two years hence – of my copy of ‘Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ to embed at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of the Blog, which will be something to anticipate for ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ readers.

I’m sure it’ll be quite an occasion!

'Bananas For Breakfast' - Fan Blog for Valérie ('Valinka') Čižmárová

It’s interesting to note that, just today, Aleš Korábek has posted a poll on all-time favourite songs by Valinka at the ‘Valérie ČIŽMÁROVÁ’ Facebook Group, since today has been the 47th Anniversary of the recording of my all-time favourite, ‘Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ (‘You Keep Saying How You Care About Me’), with ‘Oči nelžou’ (‘Eyes Don’t Lie’) being the other song recorded at Mozarteum that day, which was also a sort of personal ‘Number One’ inasmuch as it was the first YouTube uploading of a Valinka recording by ‘Yours Truly’.

Thanks to my brother’s upcoming book on all things 1972 and my recent trawling-around Cybersapce for anything to do with that year, inspired by that, it has come to my attention, initially via the page dedicated to 1972 at the ‘TV Pop Diaries’ site, that the superb, danceable tune on which Valinka’s ‘Oči nelžou’ had…

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