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!
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!