Pop icon Helena Vondráčková celebrates 70th birthday
Helena Vondráčková, one of the Czech Republic’s biggest pop stars, is celebrating her 70th birthday. Vondráčková has been popular with Czech audiences since 1964, when she won a national talent contest with a Czech rendering of Red River Valley. In 1965 she was voted the most popular singer in Czechoslovakia, winning the Golden Nightingale Award and in the years to follow, she went on to win another 27 silver and bronze Nightingales. To this day, she has released dozens of albums and is the country’s best-selling ever singer.