This was taken in one of my favorite arcade promenades in Ljubljana, home to among others things a funky little record shop where there’s always an excellent, if sometimes arcane selection of music playing through old scratchy speakers.
Among the old 45 covers plastered on the walls were these: Gloria Gaynor (Top US Disco Hit!) was the first to catch my eye, followed by Olivia Newton-John’s version of Banks of the Ohio. I spent more than three-quarters of my life in Ohio and had never heard her version of this old murder ballad. She recorded it in 1971 and it was apparently her first No. 1 hit at home in Australia.
Here’s a live TV performance from 1971, when Newton-John was just 23, seven years before Grease shot her into the pop chart stratosphere. It’s both amusing and disconcerting to watch her smile as she croons about murdering someone. Enjoy. 🙂
For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 688th (!) straight, was snapped in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 21-November 2015.
And while we’re at it, here’s a 96-second video clip taped in the same arcade last year. A wispy version of Spanish Harlem began to play, so I couldn’t resist capturing the moment. You’ll be happy I did. 🙂
Ducking out of a hard afternoon rain found me in the company of John Travolta, Lief Garrett, a slew of former Yugoslav pop stars and this beautiful rendition of Spanish Harlem. A blissful 96 seconds. 🙂