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

One will have noticed that I am carrying out a sort of New Year’s Resolution four days early regarding the celebrations of Valinka’s recording anniversaries, so that visitors to ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ can navigate more accurately to recording anniversaries of specific songs. It may be an ongoing project to go back through the recording anniversaries already entered to alter the Blog post titles.

That bit of ‘housekeeping’ out of the way, on 27th December 1973 the two songs mentioned in the post’s title were recorded.

For details of the latter, please go to the newest addition to ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, the page, ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’. Regarding the former, the music was written by Vladimír Rukavička and the lyrics were written by Jaroslav Šprongl.

It has just come to light that ‘Zrzek’ had originally – in the emebedded video quoted as ‘1968’, but at Boris Potemkin’s Wikipedia entry as ‘1970’ – been recorded by a singer born in Kazakstan, Лариса Мондрус (Larissa Mondrus) as ‘Рыжий парень’ (‘Rihzhy paren’ – ‘Red-Headed Boy’), thereby chiming precisely with the title of Valinka’s version.

So, with immaculate symmetry, Valinka, in 1973, recorded two songs each with origins in the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. – ‘Stop! I Don’t Wanna Hear It Anymore’, as ‘Sbohem, školní bráno’ and ‘Who’s Your Baby’, as ‘Důkaz mi dej’ from the former and ‘Mít aero a létat’ and ‘Zrzek’ from the latter.

Valinka truly was uniting East and West in that incredible year of music-making!

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