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Michal Horáček


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To the general public, Michal Horáček is known mainly as a lyricist; he wrote words for all the songs and produced seven albums. The most important occurence of his artistic life is the beginning of co-operation with the acclaimed composer Petr Hapka, in 1984.

By 1987 the two released the album Sly Guest (Potměšilý host), which was eventually voted the Album of the Year and contained the Song of the Year; all the songs were sung by Czechoslovakia’s legendary chanteuse, Hana Hegerová. In 1988, Hapka & Horáček opened what was to become their trademark: an album transcending the sum of individual songs and aspiring to give an artistic testimony to an era; singers were chosen according to their ability to render a particular song better than anyone else. The resulting record, Boarding-house World (V penziónu Svět), is a Czech evergreen. The songs are still played on the radios and so far the latest edition was released in June, 2007. It won both an untold numbers of fans, and a tremendous critical acclaim.

In 1996 the third H&H album was released: Emotional Investment (Citová investice). Again, it won both Album of the Year and Song of the Year awards. Record number four came out in 2001, We Could Have It Even Better (Mohlo by tu být i líp), while the fifth hit the counters in November 2006 - The Flamekeeper (Strážce plamene). Quite like all H&H records both of these albums topped the charts and contained huge hits.


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