Boldog 45. születésnapot, ‘Slova kolem nás’!

This is just a quick-ish note that Valinka wound up the recording of her eponymous LP of 1975 on 10th April 1974 with the final track, ‘Slova kolem nás’ (‘Words Around Us’).

A new YouTube video to replace the one I uploaded on this date last year, specially recorded on the four-and-a-half-decade anniversary is now at ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’.

Since it had a section on Lancelot Link and The Evolution Revolution (admittedly very brief!), the group behind the song that gave rise to Valinka’s ‘Dávno nejsem hloupá’ (‘I Haven’t Been Crazy For A Long Time’), ‘Sha-La Love You’, I recently ordered a copy of Mark Voger’s excellent book, ‘Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed In Pop Culture’, from the on-line book shop, Wordery – which happens to be based in the city of my football team, Norwich City! – so it seemed logical, in view of the song’s title, to pose Valinka’s LP next to the book – a book being full of words, of course! – and the packaging from Wordery.

In the ‘Sedmička pionýrů’ magazine interview Valinka gave in 1973, she named Jimi Hendrix as a favourite singer – along with Tom Jones and Aretha ‘Franklinová’ – so I am sure she’d have been delighted to be posed next door to a musical hero!

So, these are three very good words to put together, then – ‘Groovy, Valérie and Čižmárová’!

…and feel the ‘Flower Power’ of Valinka’s magnificent top emblazoned with what I think are stylised chrysanthemums!

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