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Petula Clark

The most commercially successful female singer in British chart history, Petula Clark was born November 15, 1932 in Epsom, England. Trained to sing by her soprano mother, Clark embarked on a stage career at the age of seven; soon she was a fixture on British radio programs, and began hosting her own regular show, Pet's Parlour -- a series spotlighting patriotic songs designed to boost the morale of wartime audiences -- at the tender age of 11.

After entertaining British troops alongside fellow child stars Julie Andrews and Anthony Newley, Clark made her film debut with A Medal for the General in 1944. By the dawn of the '50s she was a superstar throughout the U.K., with a résumé of close to two-dozen films; 1954's "The Little Shoemaker" was her first Top 20 single, while 1960's "Sailor" was her first chart-topper. Still, Clark struggled with her inability to shed her adolescent image. After selling over a million copies of 1961's "Romeo," she married and relocated to France, establishing a strong fan base there on the strength of hits including "Ya-Ya Twist," "Chariot," and "Monsieur," which spotlighted a new, more sophisticated pop sound anchored by her crystalline vocals.

Riding the wave of the British Invasion, Clark was finally able to penetrate the U.S. market in 1964 with the Grammy-winning "Downtown," the first single by a British woman ever to reach number one on the American pop charts. It was also the first in a series of American Top Ten hits (most written and arranged by Tony Hatch) that also included 1965's "I Know a Place" and 1966's "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," and the number one smash "My Love." At the same time, she remained a huge star throughout Europe, topping the British charts in 1967 with "This Is My Song," taken from the film A Countess from Hong Kong. In addition to hosting her own BBC series, she also starred in the 1968 NBC television special Petula, which triggered controversy when sponsors requested that a segment with guest Harry Belafonte be cut in deference to Southern affiliates; ultimately, the show aired in its intended form.

As the '60s drew to a close, Clark's commercial stature slipped, although singles like "Don't Sleep on the Subway," "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener," and "Kiss Me Goodbye" still charted on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1968, she revived her film career by starring in Finian's Rainbow, followed a year later by Goodbye, Mr. Chips. In later years, Clark focused primarily on international touring, headlining the 1981 London revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music; after starring in the 1990 musical Someone Like You, which she also co-wrote, she made her Broadway debut in Blood Brothers in 1993. Additionally, in 1988, an acid house remix of "Downtown" reached the U.K. Top Ten, another honor for the female singer awarded the most gold records in British pop history.

Throughout the 2000s Clark toured fairly steadily across the globe. Her 2002 shows in France at the Olympia were recorded and released on CD and DVD, but no new studio recordings were forthcoming until she teamed with Irish band the Saw Doctors for a new version of "Downtown" in 2011. Soon after, she began working with producer John Williams on an album. Made up of newly written songs and covers, as well as a new take on "Downtown," Lost in You was issued in early 2013. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lost In You

1. Cut Copy Me

2. Lost In You

3. Crazy

4. Never Enough

5. Downtown (New Version)

6. Next To You

7. Reflections

8. He Loves And She Loves

9. Every Word You Say

10. Imagine

11. Love Me Tender

12. I Won't Care

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Track List: Platinum & Gold Collection

1. Downtown

2. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

3. A Sign Of The Times

4. I Want To Hold Your Hand

5. Don't Sleep In The Subway

7. Kiss Me Goodbye

8. Games People Play

9. This Is My Song

10. My Love

11. I Know A Place

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Downtown

2. Don't Sleep In The Subway

3. My Love

4. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

5. This Is My Song

6. I Know A Place

7. The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener

8. You're The One

9. Round Every Corner

10. A Sign Of The Times

11. Who Am I

13. Kiss Me Goodbye

14. Colour My World

15. Happy Heart

16. Sailor

17. Romeo

18. Suddenly There's A Valley

19. With All My Heart

20. My Friend The Sea

21. Chariot

23. You'd Better Come Home

24. Call Me

Disc 2

3. I Don't Know How To Love Him

4. Look To The Rainbow

13. The Sound Of Music

17. Tell Me It's Not True

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Track List: A Sign Of The Times

1. A Sign Of The Times

2. I'm Not Afraid

4. Downtown

6. Don't Give Up

9. With One Look

11. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

14. Vivre

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Track List: Legendary Petula Clark

Disc 1

1. Downtown

2. This Is My Song

3. Round Every Corner

4. A Sign Of The Times

6. Who Am I

7. My Friend The Sea

14. Games People Play

Disc 2

1. The Other Man's Grass (Is Always Greener)

2. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

3. You're The One

4. Sailor

5. You'd Better Come Home

7. Don't Give Up

9. I Don't Know How To Love Him

13. With All My Heart

17. Call Me

Disc 3

1. Don't Sleep In The Subway

2. Colour My World

3. I Know A Place

4. My Love

6. Kiss Me Goodbye

7. Happy Heart

11. Neon Rainbow

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Me... Danny !_!...
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nbath21
My favorite of her genre have never heard a song I didn't like
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Gem 59
I love petula clark
Sit back and listening to those music
Is like remember the best way to life
Downtown my favorite song
Round every corner I dont have to have dinner as long as I'm listening to her music not boring nice soft easy
One of a kind
Good work ms clark
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gary.jsam
I love you petula
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I Know a Place is the most blatant rewriting of a previous hit (Downtown) I think I've ever heard. I should be disgusted, but Downtown is such a great song that it really doesn't bother me, and I have to give I Know a Place a thumbs up!.
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Always love this song. Reminds me of where I was when I first heard it.
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rmgb17
Great Singer
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ajayrvh
One of the best female artist of all time!
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dfulaytar
Her music - timeless!
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Great artist
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I liked Pet a lot then and even more now.
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mph7909
Bringing back the memories,
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alived in country found future wife downtown!!!
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How many singers can you say had a number 1 hit with a polka (My Love) in the 60's?
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I've loved her since the first time I heard Downtown in 1965. Mighty voice for such a diminutive lady. I have many of her albums.
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I've loved her ever since I was a kid
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I feel like shopping :) :) :)
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Awful
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Great production on her records--the y still sound good today. Sign of the Times is my favorite,
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wnelsen103
Being born in 1939 and in college in the 50s & 60s Pet always trips my
trigger. I really feel lifted when I hear any of her melodies
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You are the best singer ever!��❤️❤️❤
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Wow, Pet Clark is 83 years old ? She had quite a career
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Cuando calienta el sol
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Why am I thinking of Seinfeld?... . .
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Her album, Downtown was one of the first albums that I stole from my mom and wouldn't give it back. It was 1969 and I was 14 years old. She is still one of my all time favorites.
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She is in the top 10 oldest living rock/roll singers.
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we're pregnant
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Play her music allthe time, many great memories.
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Play her music all the time, many great memories.
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Love You baby! First stuff when you're young, sweet and mellow guide you into innocence so to speak
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Great voice--alway s loved Don't Sleep in the Subway...and of course, Downtown.
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Super-Badd Super-Kool Super-Star Soul-Sissta
H-Town~Groov i n Mo-City Down With-It
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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I always think of my brother when I hear Downtown he liked that song and always liked going dawntawn in Pittsburgh he died
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Petulant is my Angel!
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Enjoyed her singing on radio and in films.
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I can't go downtown - it's too snowy
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Can't you bloody count!only makes her 81in the year 2013
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time's running out for $2 subs { please don't sleep in the SUBWAY }
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Some voices transcend time. i rest my case.
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This is one of the people who made wonderful music I've been listening to miss Clark for a long time her music is timeless she was and is so cool love her music
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My favorite song by Petula Clark: TWO RIVERS! Disc 1, Track 12! Beautifully romantic!
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I think its great that even though she is as old as my mom who is in a retirement home, she is spry enough to perpetuate her art and talent. You go girl!!!
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Cute as can be. Loved all her songs!
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Meatball plus drink $4
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don't sleep in the SUBWAY...jus t eat your sub and leave
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Her voice is very enchanting. Good listening -{~_~}-
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tgonzalez715
I've always thought of down town as an interesting place. So when I came of age I used to go to west 4th street on the A train and found a different and wonderful world.
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