It’s a Happy (Hungarian) 45th Birthday today at ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, so, Boldog 45. születésnapot ‘Vtipnejší vyhráva’ (‘The Wittiest Wins’) from Hnúšťa, on which Saturday night comedy game show Valinka performed ‘Jeho laskominy’ (‘His Treats’), ‘Správnej hoch’ (‘Office Boy’) and ‘Veterán’ (‘Veteran’) on that remarkable televisual Saturday in the long, hot Summer of ’76 when the French star who sort of set off my journey of Pop music discovery in the eventual direction of the former Soviet Bloc, Carene Cheryl had earlier in the day appeared on television in France on the innovative, interactive show presented by the late, great Bernard Golay, ‘Samedi est à vous’ (‘Saturday Is Up To You’), performing her then-current single, ‘Samedi, dimanche et fêtes’ (‘Saturday, Sunday And Holidays’), which, strangely enough, with ‘Jeho laskominy’ being a cover of an ABBA song (‘So Long’), had Carene’s cover of ABBA’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ ‘Oh! Mamma mia!’/’Oh! Mama mia!’ (there are two versions of the title!) on the flip side!
Over on ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ the theme of television coming from outside of the nation’s capital was touched upon via ‘Zpívá Karel Gott’ (‘Karel Gott Sings’) being recorded at the Městské Divadlo (Municipal Theatre) in Slaný, to the north-west of Prague.
Thanks to a recent YouTube uploading – coming to my attention via the ‘Valérie ČIŽMÁROVÁ’ Facebook Group – and subsequent communications with Aleš Korábek, I can say that the Saturday, 12th June 1976 edition of the celebrity game show, ‘Vtipnejší vyhráva’ (‘The Wittiest Wins’) – a show from the Slovak part of the former Czechoslovakia – the basic premise of which was to take a group of four celebrities from the world of comedy and have them recite funny stories sent in by viewers and being scored out of twenty-five by a panel of the local great and good, with a bouquet of red roses being…
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