Boldog születésnapot, ‘Pán s loutnou’!

‘Pán s loutnou’ (‘The Gentleman With The Lute’) – written by Jindřich 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 forty-six years ago today at the studio at Dejvice, Prague, so it is a ‘Happy Birthday!’ to that track. Here is a performance of it from the programme, ‘Písničky ke kávě’ (‘Songs For Coffee Break’), from 1972 (on an unfortunately unspecified date) on which ‘Koko’ and ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’ were also performed.

It is notable that – in the more than four-and-a-half years that have elapsed since its publication on YouTube on 6th March 2013 – this has been viewed a grand total of just 318 times, indicating that this is perhaps a forgotten or overlooked title in Valinka’s oeuvre, which is a pity, since, although it was not one of her most spectacular tracks, it is at least a very agreeable offering.

It is also a pity that, thus far, although I am fairly confident that the year of Valinka’s marriage to Doctor Jaromír Langer was also 1972, I have never been able to pin down an exact date for that either, because I have only this last day spotted that, in two of the stills from that performance (seen below) Valinka can be seen wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of her left hand. If one knew the date of the marriage one would at least be able to say that this performance must have post-dated that.

Over on the new page of the ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ Blog: ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Pictures’, there is a series of stills from the ever-so-slightly more popular video of Valinka’s performance of ‘Pojď jen dál’ on the TV show, ‘3. program Orchestru Karla Vlacha’ on 28th June 1973 (29,828 views since its publication on 28th September 2009). Considering that there may have been a matter of only a very few months between these two TV appearances there could not be a greater contrast between the still-relatively-innocent girl (it is almost unreal to think of her as an already-married woman) singing a whimsical song about a gentleman with a lute and the made-up and glammed-up goddess demanding why a hesitant suitor can’t pluck up the courage to ask her out.

This must have been an awful (but, in a way, pleasant?) shock to the viewers of ‘3. program Orchestru Karla Vlacha’!


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