1964 – 47th Segment: “Eyes Covered by Snow”

In this series we present 100 songs which have gone down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. On Czech Radio’s web pages you can find a poll, in which you can vote for the best hit from the past century. We look forward to your vote! We continue with the year 1964.

1964
The Škoda 1000 MB car was first put on the market.
On October 15th, the Prime Minister of the USSR Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was dismissed. His successor was Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev.
On November 12th, the Czechoslovak presidential election took place. The only candidate was Antonín Novotný, who was unanimously elected.

At the turn of the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Semafor Theater became a breeding ground for new singers. Semafor played a key role in popular domestic music, and it later became one of the most popular Czech pop scenes, featuring a plethora of young performers who passed through its stage,.

Karel Gott, photo: Czech TelevisionKarel Gott, photo: Czech Television Even Karel Gott started his career in Semafor. He caught the public’s eye in the third production of the show “Susanne,” when this charming girl was not “at home for anyone” - except for probably the young Karel Gott. He performed Suchý and Šlitr’s “Eyes Covered by Snow.”

We should also add that the single recordings of this song have sold 116 thousand records since 1964. This does not include the number sold on CD’s and LP’s, which would be impossible to even count.

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