Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Helena Vondráčková

I was listening to the radio the other day.  So who knew that there was a Czech version of the 1970s disco hit I Will Survive?

Helena Vondáčková is like the Czech version of Cher, a singer whose career has spanned five decades.

The Golden Kids
Born in 1947, she won a national talent contest in Czechoslovakia in 1964.  In 1968, she and Vaclav Neckář and Marta Kubišová formed the trio - The Golden Kids.  In 1970, the group was forced to disband due to Kibišová's outspoken comments about the communist regime.

Vondráčková is known for a number of Czech language cover songs.  She has released songs sung in Czech, English, Slovak, French, Polish, Russian, German and Japanese.  She spent most of the 70's and 80's touring Europe, Asia, and North and South America. 

Like several other Czech pop stars, her career declined after the Velvet Revolution because she was associated with the communist government.  Since that time she has regained popularity.

Here's a clip I found on YouTube of her singing Já půjdu dál.

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