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October 4, 2019

Bentley and the Girls

(The following is in from Christopher Bentley – Blog author for “Bananas For Breakfast” where the beautiful and engaging singer/performer Valérie Čižmárová is featured in an intriguing journey into Eastern Europe (Valérie was a 60’s/70’s girl whose earliest releases came out of  Czechoslovakia in 1971.

Bentley also authors “Girls of the Golden East”.  Click on either image to visit his sites.

Having another ‘tootle’ around your site it has become quite apparent to me that I was appreciably underestimating the age difference between us…amounting to getting on for a full generation, if your ‘A Boomer’s Musical Journey’ page is anything to go by.

I’m also working out that your Junior High School days would probably be the best equivalent of ‘The Herbert Strutt Days’, as set out in this ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ post – as I’d just stumbled across the invaluable information on recording dates – from the days before I started ‘Bananas For Breakfast’. There are actual photos of Yours Truly ‘back in the day’!

It’s strange how your Junior High School was a modern building while your High School was an older, more forbidding one – exactly the opposite way around from my experience! Indeed, the Wartime drama serial that I reference at ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Pictures’, ‘Colditz’, gave Herbert Strutt its rather unkind nickname!

It’s also very gratifying that the date of 26th August gets a mention on that page! (Sorry about the European format of the date at the ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ post linked!)

I’m staggered that you have, too, invented a ‘-mas’. So have I at this ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ post! So, you were born in the year of Hana Zagorová/Jana Kocianová/Eva Sepešiová and on the date of Miluška Voborníková!

Miluška & Sissy!

One didn’t have to be a ‘blondie’ like Valinka to fill out a polka-dot dress in very sexy fashion. The dark-haired Miluška could be pretty ‘hot in dots’ as well! (From the Bratislavská Lýra of June 1970, therefore more or less coinciding with the time of Mr. Martin’s Class photo, the photos being taken in June, apart from the Mr. Griffiths’ Class photo). I can see why Petra Černocká might have envied those legs!

It was only relatively recently that it fully struck me that another young lady of the ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ age who has taken my fancy was born on exactly the same day as Miluška – Sissy Spacek (Czech surname!). Here is my review of her ‘Badlands’ (from ‘that’ year of 1973!). I’m still intensely proud of the title I gave my review – my very best! (Written way back in the year of Valinka’s passing)

I think I’ll forgive the film-maker for putting Sissy in very Seventies hot pants in a film set in the Fifties!

I’ve also only just found these of Sissy (as Loretta Lynn)….with a microphone! She could be a ‘Girl Of The Golden East’ here, with her family origins!

Merry Craigmas!

Woah! 25th December 1949 was quite a date – bringing these stunners onto Planet Earth, variously in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia and Quitman, TX! Shame I’m not more of a Country Music fan, amongst the variety of genres that get me going, otherwise I think I’d really enjoy ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’!

Wasn’t bad as Liz Garrison in ‘JFK’ – the assassination being referenced at your ‘Boomer’s’ page – either, I thought!

You’ll never think about ‘Craigmas’ in the same way ever again!

The Magic (Crystal) Touch

August 7, 2019

Crystal Touch (Colorado Springs)

(Thanks to Springs record collector Chris Davis for sending this clipping our way)

The Crystal Touch formed in 1974 and recorded this one extremely rare 45 – which easily fetches near $1,000 bucks at auction.  The group often appeared in the Springs at “Bell’s Nightengale”.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Davis

  • Ron Covington (vocals)
  • Ricky Flores (drums)
  • Michael Hancock (flute – sax)
  • Russell Johnson (bass)
  • Ruben Sims (flute – sax)
  • Leonard Tyler (lead guitar)

In the Groove with Grove!

May 24, 2019

Pueblo’s John Grove – Aloha & Jan & Dean

Received this nice email from the bass player for many Colorado bands from back in the day (not the sax player):

“Craig, First of all, let me tell you thank you for keeping the garage band flame brightly burning, Appreciate the work you do, certainly a labor of love. I have a couple of requests…..I am mentioned in numerous bands out of Pueblo and in a few I am shown as my instrument being “Sax”. The only problem is, I have never played sax in my life.

Would very much appreciate if you could change it to “Bass” . That is the only instrument I’ve ever played. (Here is) a little bit of rock n’ roll history. The band “Aloha” was the backing band for surf legend, Jan Berry and Jan & Dean in the late seventies.

The band consisted of  John Grove – Bass, Carl Brenner – Drums, Gary Snyder – Guitar, Brad Rice – Keyboards, Gene Wall – Keyboards. We toured the US and played hundreds of shows with just Jan.

The historical part is…..in July of 1978, we received a call from our management. company in Arizona that we would be performing in NYC at the famed “Palladium” and for the first time since Jan’s horrific car accident in 1966, Jan & Dean would perform a full live concert.

This show was promoted by the legendary Ron Delsner and was Billed as The Murray the K Brooklyn Fox Reunion. We were the headliners, along with The Four Tops, Jay & The Americans, The Ronettes with Ronnie Spector, and the original Skyliners.

Would greatly appreciate the addition. 
Thank You”

Upper Row L-to-R: Gene Wall, Jan Berry, Gary Snyder, Carl Brenner – In Front: John Grove

Left to Right Upper Row: Carl Brenner, Brad Rice, John Grove, Gary Snyder – Front” Jan Berry