An Evening with 
Petula Clark 
Thursday December 6, 2018

Petula Clark

Petula_Clark-1aPetula_ClarkBorn November 15, with “a voice as sweet as chapel bells,” Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II when as a child she entertained the troops, both on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of nine and by war’s end, Petula Clark–the British “Shirley Temple” who had come to represent childhood itself–was so popular in England she was asked to sing at a national victory celebration at Trafalgar Square. In 1944, Petula made her first movie and has since appeared in over 30 British and American films.

Throughout the forties and fifties Petula was a regular guest on a vast number of radio shows and became something of a television “pioneer” in England, first appearing on experimental TV in the forties and later as host of several of her own television series during the very early years of British programming, with Pet’s Parlour being her longest running and most popular. Although she sang regularly in concert, on radio and TV all through the forties, it wasn’t until 1949 that she recorded her first song Music, Music, Music and that pretty much sums up her very prolific recording career.

Petula_Clark-2She has never stopped recording — 50 plus years and over a 1,000 songs and still counting! Her first hits were children’s songs like Where Did My Snowman Go (1952) and The Little Shoemaker (1954). To date, she has sold well in excess of 68 million records.

In answer to the rock-and-roll craze of the late fifties, Petula recorded Sailor, Romeo and My Friend The Sea and was back on the charts again. In 1957, she was invited to sing at the famed Olympia theatre in France. After one song the French crowd went wild, and an entirely new career was launched.

Asked to record in French, Petula declined at first but was quickly persuaded to do so by Frenchman Claude Wolff with whom she fell madly in love – they were married in June 1961. (They have three children, daughters Barbara and Catherine and son Patrick and a granddaughter and grandson.) By the early sixties, Petula found herself reinvented as a French chanteuse, even rivaling the legendary Piaf–during Piaf’s own lifetime. (She is still classified as a “French” singer

on the shelves in French and French-Canadian record stores.) In addition to her newfound French pop star status, Petula also began to enjoy success with the songs that she had begun to record in German and Italian. By the mid-sixties she’d established herself as superstar throughout Europe with Number One tunes sung in different languages in different countries all across the Continent. (Interesting to note, each of her early European hits were with entirely different songs–a feat not duplicated by any other singer since!)

Urged by her friends in Britain to record something in English, Petula allowed Tony Hatch to visit her in Paris where he presented his new song, Downtown. Petula recorded it and the rest is music history. Downtown skyrocketed to number 1 in the USA, launching Petula’s American career and earning her a Grammy in 1964. She quickly followed with I Know A Place which went to number 3 and earned Petula her second Grammy in 1965. Numerous top 40 hits followed. All told, Pet has had 15 top 40 hits in the USA (two #1 hits). Internationally, Petula Clark has charted in the top 40 somewhere, sometime, with 159 recordings!

In the sixties, she starred in two Hollywood musicals (Finian’s Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips) opposite the likes of Fred Astaire and Peter O’Toole. Throughout the sixties she made numerous TV appearances both as a guest star and as the host of two popular variety series for British television, as well as three of her own American TV specials. She also continued a highly successful concert career, beginning with a sellout season at the Copacabana in 1966, at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas and at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles before a star-studded audience that included Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.

By the seventies she’d been well established as a Vegas superstar–garnering critical acclaim by both critics and the American public. She gave a series of concerts in France and Canada, made appearances on European TV, hosted two more popular variety series in England (for which she was awarded “Most Popular TV Star” by the TV Times) and continued to be a much sought after guest star on American television.

In the eighties she found fame as a country recording star with her top-10 hit Natural Love, before reinventing herself as a highly successful stage star in London’s West End, beginning with the role of Maria in The Sound of Music and continuing with the production of her own musical Someone Like You, for which she wrote the music.

In the nineties Petula made her Broadway debut, starring opposite David and Shaun Cassidy in the highly successful production of Blood Brothers followed by a well-received American tour of the same production. In 1998 Petula returned to England, where she was presented with a prestigious CBE by her Majesty the Queen of England, in honor of Petula’s legendary career. As of September 2000, Petula’s most recent appearance on the stage was in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, in the starring role of Norma Desmond, a role she has now played more than any other actress to date. After appearing at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End she embarked on a national tour of most major cities in the U.S. with the musical.

On October 28, 2000 Petula presented a new one-woman show — a concert highlighting her life and career— to tremendous acclaim. The show made its debut at the St. Denis Theatre in Montreal, Canada.

In May 2001 she was spotlighted in a 2-hour concert spectacular as the finale to the month-long Virginia Arts Festival. The show was taped by PBS and was broadcast nationwide as part of the PBS pledge drives in December 2001. A companion documentary by MPI Home Video, “Petula Clark: This Is My Song” was also broadcast on many PBS stations nationwide. Petula’s extraordinary life is chronicled in this all-new biography featuring the stories behind her upbeat, ever-popular music, including her signature song, the Grammy Award-winning “Downtown.” Petula’s remembrances, taped in Norfolk, VA, at the time of the concert, offer a candid and insightful look into her long and fascinating life in show business.

Petula_Clark-5Early 2002 saw Petula performing in concert in California at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts and also appearing in Los Angeles in March for a tribute show to legendary composer, Johnny Mercer. She then embarked on a 24-city tour of the UK to coincide with her newest UK album, “The Ultimate Collection,” which charted in the Top 20.

 

In 2003, she was the recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her timeless recording of “Downtown” and hit the Top 20 in French Canada – while preparing appearances in France to promote another new release, “Kaleidoscope.” In September, her return to Paris in a performance at the legendary Olympia Theatre –after an absence of 38 years– was a smashing success. . Petula rang out 2003 and welcomed in 2004 with two concert performances in Vevey, Switzerland.

In early March 2004 Petula headed to Australia and New Zealand for a sold-out 12-date tour of major cities. Early April saw her her on U.S. shores for a highly successful 5-night slate of performances at the Atlantic City Hilton Casinoo in New Jersey. On April 23 and 24 she reprised her role as Norma Desmond in Cork, Ireland with the world-renowned BBC Concert Orchestra for a radio broadcast concert performance of “Sunset Boulevard” opposite Michael Ball. July 12 saw her returning to North America with an evening of song at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto, Canada then on to Los Angeles where she appeared at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl in a various artists tribute to the legendary Peggy Lee. San Diego received a visit on July 15 at Humphrey’s By The Bay and Miss Clark will once again return to the U.S. in late September for a series of concerts in the cabaret theater at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

 

 

Petula Clark Discography - Albums, EPs & Singles (click to open/close)

Albums

Year

Album title

UK[1]

US

 

1956

Petula Clark Sings

 

A Date with Pet

 

1957

You Are My Lucky Star

 

1958

A Musicorama

 

1959

Petula Clark in Hollywood

Pet Clark (US title)

 

Prends Mon Coeur

 

1961

Tête à Tête avec Petula Clark

 

1962

Rendez-Vous avec Petula Clark

 

In Other Words

 

Petula

 

1963

Petula Clark

 

Le Soleil dans les Yeux

 

1964

Ceux Qui ont un Coeur

 

Hello Paris

 

Le James Dean

 

1965

Downtown

21

 

I Know a Place

42

 

The International Hits

129

 

Petula ’65

 

1966

My Love

68

 

I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

11

43

 

Petula Clark’s Hit Parade (UK Only)

18

 

1967

Colour My World

Color My World / Who Am I (US title)

16

49

 

These Are My Songs

38

27

 

1968

The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener

37

93

 

Petula

51

 

Finian’s Rainbow (soundtrack)

90

 

Petula Clark’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

57

 

1969

Portrait of Petula

37

 

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (soundtrack)

164

 

Just Pet

176

 

1970

Memphis

198

 

1971

The Song of My Life

Warm and Tender (US title)

178

 

Today

 

Petula ’71

 

1972

Live at the Royal Albert Hall

 

La Chanson de Marie Madeleine

 

Comme une Priere

 

1973

Petula

 

Now

 

1974

Come On Home

 

Live in London

 

1975

I’m the Woman You Need

 

Just Petula

 

1977

20 All-Time Greatest

18

 

Je Reviens

 

1978

Destiny

 

1983

An Hour in Concert with Petula Clark

and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

1991

Portrait of a Song Stylist

 

1992

Treasures

 

1995

Blue Lady: Nashville Sessions

 

1998

Where the Heart Is

 

Here for You

 

2001

Sign of the Times

 

2002

The Ultimate Collection

18

 

2004

Live at the Paris Olympia

 

2007

In Her Own Write

 

2008

Then & Now: The Very Best of Petula Clark

17

 

2012

Petula

 

2013

Lost in You

24

 

2016

From Now On

70

 

2017

I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love – Hits, Classics & More

     

EPs

– Pye/Vogue/Warner Years –

Year

EP Title

Track Listing

 

1964

Downtown

1. Downtown

2. Thank You

3. Baby It’s Me

4. True Love Never Runs Smooth

 

1965

Call Me

1. Call Me

2. Heart

3. Everything in the Garden

4. Strangers and Lovers

 

1966

My Love

1. My Love

2. Have I the Right?

3. Round Every Corner

4. You’re the One

 

Just Say Goodbye

1. Just Say Goodbye

2. The Life and Soul of the Party

3. Hold On to What You’ve Got

4. We Can Work It Out

 

I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

1. I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

2. Come Rain or Come Shine

3. Wasn’t It You

4. A Sign of the Times

 

1967

This is My Song

1. This is My Song

2. I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

3. Colour My World

4. Who Am I

 

The Many Faces of Petula Clark

1. Don’t Sleep in the Subway

2. Boy from Ipanema

3. Never on Sunday

4. Winchester Cathedral

 

Here, There and Everywhere

1. Here, There and Everywhere

2. Las Vegas

3. What Would I Be?

4. While the Children Play

 

1968

Don’t Give Up

1. Don’t Give Up

2. Kiss Me Goodbye

3. The Cat in the Window

4. The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener

 

The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener

1. The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener

2. Smile

3. Answer Me, My Love

4. I Could Have Danced All Night Long

5. At the Crossroads

6. The Cat in the Window

 

Petula

1. Have Another Dream on Me

2. Your Love Is Everywhere

3. One in a Million

4. The Sun Shines out of Your Shoes

5. Days

6. Why Can’t I Cry

 

Singles

Year

Single

Peak chart positions

UK[2]

AUS[3]

CAN[4]

FRA

GER

ITA

US Hot 100

US Cashbox

US AC

IRE

1949

“Put Your Shoes On Lucy”

b/w “There’s a House in the Sky”

“I’ll Always Love You”

b/w “Clancy Lowered The Boom”

“Silver Dollar”

1950

“You Are My True Love”

b/w “You’re the Sweetest in the Land”

“Beloved Be Faithful”

b/w “Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul”

“Two Lips” (duet with Benny Lee)

1951

“Tennessee Waltz”

b/w “Sleepy Eyes”

“Teasin'”

b/w “Black Note Serenade”

“May Kwai”

b/w “Clickety Clack”

“Mariandl”

b/w “Broken Heart”

“That’s How a Love Song Is Born”

b/w “Cold Cold Heart”

“Tell Me Truly”

b/w “Song of the Mermaid”

1952

“It Had To Be You”

b/w “The Card”

“A Boy In Love” 

b/w “Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul”

“Where Did My Snowman Go”

b/w “Anytime Is Tea Time Now”

1953

“Made in Heaven”

b/w “Temptation Rag”

“My Love Is a Wanderer”

b/w “Take Care of Yourself”

“Christopher Robin at Buckingham Palace”

b/w “Three Little Kittens”

Poppa Piccolino

b/w “The Who-Is-It Song”

1954

The Little Shoemaker

b/w “Helpless”

7

1

“Meet Me in Battersea Park”

b/w “A Long Way to Go”

“Smile”

b/w “Somebody”

“Little Johnny Rainbow”

b/w “Christmas Cards”

“Majorca”

b/w “Fascinating Rhythm”

12

1955

“Romance in Rome”

b/w “Chee Chee-Oo Chee (Sang the Little Bird)

“The Pendulum Song”

b/w “Crazy Otto Rag”

6

“How Are Things with You”

b/w “Tuna Puna Trinidad”

Suddenly There’s a Valley

b/w “With Your Love”

7

1956

“Band of Gold”

b/w “Memories Are Made of This

“To You, My Love”

b/w “Fortune Teller”

“Another Door Opens”

b/w “A Million Stars Above”

1957

“The Sky”

b/w “Who Needs You”

With All My Heart

b/w “Gonna Find Me a Bluebird

4

Alone

b/w “Long Before I Knew You”

8

1958

“Baby Lover”

UK B: “Little Blue Man”

US B: “Ever Been In Love”

12

6*

“Love Me Again”

b/w “In a Little Moment”

“Devotion”

b/w “St. Tropez (Sur La Plague/On the Beach)”

“Fibbin'”

b/w “I Wish I Knew”

1959

“Ever Been In Love”

b/w “Lucky Day”

“Watch Your Heart”

b/w “Suddenly”

“Where Do I Go from Here”

b/w “Mama’s Talking Soft”

“Adonis”

b/w “If I Had My Way”

Prends Mon Coeur

9*

“Dear Daddy”

b/w “Through the Livelong Day”

1960

“I Love a Violin”

UK B: “Guitare Et Tambourin”

US B: “(Where Are You) Now That I Need You”

“Cinderella Jones”

b/w “All Over Now”

1961

Sailor” (FR: “Marin”)

b/w “My Heart”

1

98

2*

“Something’s Missing”

b/w “Isn’t This a Lovely Day”

44

Garde-moi la Dernière Danse

3*

“Welcome Home”

b/w “Les Gens Diront”

Romeo

UK B: “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me”

US B: “Isn’t This a Lovely Day”

3

25

1

“My Friend The Sea”

b/w “With All My Love”

7

44

1962

I Will Follow Him (Chariot)” (GER: “Cheerio”, IT: “Sul Mio Carro”)

b/w “Darling Cheri”

2

6*

1*

“Monsieur”

1*

1*

“I’m Counting On You”

b/w “Some Other World”

41

“Whistlin’ for the Moon”

b/w “Tender Love”

66

Ya Ya Twist

b/w “Si C’est Oui, C’est Oui”

14

1

“Jumbo Sale”

b/w “Too Late”

“The Road”

UK B: “No Love, No Nothin'”

US B: “Jumble Sale”

1963

“Valentino”

b/w “Imagination”

“Let Me Tell You”

b/w “Be Good to Me”

“Baby It’s Me”

b/w “This Is Goodbye”

Les Beaux Jours

10*

“Cœur Blessé”

1*

“Casanova” (GER: “Casanova Baciami”)

b/w “Chariot”

39

2*

Dance On” (FR: “Je me sens bien auprès de toi”)

3*

1964

“Thank You”

b/w “Crying Through a Sleepless Night”

“In Love”

UK B: “Forgetting You”

US B: “The Road”

“True Love Never Runs Smooth”

b/w “Saturday Sunshine”

Downtown” (IT: “Ciao, Ciao”, FR: “Dans le temps”)

b/w “You’d Better Love Me”

2

1

1

6*

1*

1*

1

1

2

Anyone Who Had a Heart” (FR: “Ceux qui ont un cœur”,

GER: “Alles ist nun vorbei”, IT: “Quelli che hanno un cuore”)

7*

37*

5*

1965

Invece no

5*

I Know a Place” (FR: “Viens avec moi”)

b/w “Jack and John”

17

7

1

8*

35

3

2

16

“You’d Better Come Home”

b/w “Heart”

44

54

11

22

25

4

Round Every Corner” (IT: “Gocce di mare”)

b/w “Two Rivers”

43

70

6

10*

21

23

You’re the One” (FR: “Un Mal Pour Un Bien”

GER: “Deine Liebe ist wunderbar”)

b/w “Gotta Tell the World”

23

4

6*

My Love” (FR: “Mon Amour”,

IT: “L’amore e il vento”, GER: Verzeih die dummen Tränen)

b/w “Where Am I Going”

4

4

1

12*

13

21*

24*

1

2

4

6

1966

“Kann Ich dir vertrauen?”

17*

A Sign of the Times

b/w “Time for Love”

49

11

8

11

15

2

I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

(GER: “So wunderbar, verliebt zu sein”)

b/w “Your Way of Life”

6

11

6

28*

9

8

1

Who Am I

b/w “Love Is a Long Journey”

42

14

21

22

31

Si Tu Prenais Le Temps

b/w “L’amour Avec Un Grand “A””

1967

Colour My World

UK B: “I’m Begging You”

US B: “Take Me Home Again”

10

14

16

18

10

This Is My Song” (FR: “C’est Ma Chanson”,

GER: “Love – so heißt mein Song”, IT: “Cara Felicita”)

UK B: “The Show Is Over”

US B: “High”

1

1

4

1*

16

23*

1*

3

5

2

1

The Last Waltz” (FR: “La dernière valse”)

2*

Don’t Sleep in the Subway

b/w “Here Comes the Morning”

12

1

5

5

6

1

The Cat in the Window (The Bird in the Sky)

b/w “Fancy Dancin’ Man”

19

35

26

27

9

1968

The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener

b/w “At the Crossroads”

20

29

12

31

28

3

Kiss Me Goodbye

b/w “I’ve Got Love Going for Me”

50

14

10

36

26

15

12

2

“Don’t Give Up”

b/w “Every Time I See a Rainbow”

43

23

37

27

5

“American Boys (Take Good Care of Your Heart)

b/w “Look to the Sky”

37

59

49

18

“I Want to Sing with Your Band”

b/w “Look to the Sky”

20

1969

Happy Heart

b/w “Love Is the Only Thing”

22

62

62

71

12

“Look at Mine”

b/w “You and I”

42

43

89

62

14

“No One Better Than You”

b/w “Things Bright and Beautiful”

64

93

91

18

1970

“The Song Is Love”

b/w “Beautiful Sounds”

19

“Melody Man”

b/w “Big Love Sale”

28

1971

“The Song of My Life” (FR: “C’est La Refrain De Ma Vie”)

UK B: “For Love”

US B: “Couldn’t Sleep”

32

44

11*

I Don’t Know How to Love Him

UK B: “Song Went Wrong”

US B: “Maybe”

47

“The World Song”

b/w “I Know What Love Is About”

1972

My Guy

b/w “Little Bit of Lovin'”

70

89

12

The Wedding Song (There Is Love)

b/w “Song Without End”

10

71

61

77

9

1973

“I Can’t Remember (How It Was Before)

b/w “Serenade of Love”

Gratification

b/w “I Can’t Remember (How It Was Before)”

“Lead Me On”

b/w “Taking It On”

Both sides with Sacha Distel

“Silver Spoon”

b/w “Fixing To Live”

1974

“Never Been a Horse That Couldn’t Be Rode”

b/w “I’m the Woman You Need”

“Let’s Sing a Love Song”

b/w “I’m the Woman You Need”

The Old Fashioned Way

b/w “Come On Home”

40

“Loving Arms”

b/w “I’m the Woman You Need”

12

“I Am Your Song”

b/w “Super Loving Lady”

“Wind of Change”

b/w “Memories Are Made of This”

What I Did for Love

b/w “I Believe in Love”

1977

Downtown ’77

b/w “Two Rivers”

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (FR: “La Chanson d’Evita”)

8*

1978

I’m Not in Love

b/w “What Am I Doing Here”

“Put a Little Sunbeam in Your Life”

b/w “Songbird”

“Just a Dance with Time”

b/w “Don’t Stop the Music”

1981

“Natural Love”[A]

b/w “Because I Love Him”

66

24

Edelweiss

b/w “Darkness”

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

b/w “Love Won’t Always Pass You By”

1982

“Dreamin’ with My Eyes Wide Open”

b/w “After Glow”

1985

“Mister Orwell”

b/w “Glamoureuse”

1988

“Life’s a Game”

b/w “How”

Downtown ’88

b/w original version of A-side

10

62

13

14

1989

I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love ’89

b/w “Come On Home”

1990

“Someone Like You” (Duet with Dave Willetts)

b/w “Getting the Right Thing Wrong”

1992

“Oxygen”

2011

Downtown (The Saw Doctors featuring Petula Clark)

CD single

2

2012

“Cut Copy Me”[B]

2013

“Never Enough”

“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org

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