R8 Also in the Coppola-directed "Finian's Rainbow" with Fred Astaire, Don Francks, and Tommy Steele.
Is that a clip from Hullabaloo?
I can't believe no one picked up that cap!!
I saw Petula Clark in the Broadway musical, "Blood Brothers," in 1993.
Love her. Saw her in her "Sunset Boulevard" tour. Stayed at the hotel where I worked. Lovely ladys, a but batty but very kind and very sweet. Invited my niece and I backstage.
Fascinating woman. While all the Londoners were crammed into the underground to escape the blitz she would frequently burst into song.
Surprising she never did a Bond theme. She would have sang "You Only Live Twice" much better than Nancy Sinatra.
She would have been a teen during the blitz, or younger.
I love her!!!!
She was Britain's littlest sweetheart during the blitz. She springboarded from those performances to national fame much like last years Rebecca Black or todays Nicole Westbrook.
Like Julie Andrews, Petula was a child star in Britain and well-known to her countrymen long before she came to The States.
It's amazing that she is only 2 years younger than my mother. I know she was a child star in Britain, but in the US she came along with the British Invasion. And my parents were so far out of the loop with regards to the Beatles, the Stones, etc. They looked at the British Invasion as if it was a bunch of children from another planet. Yet Petulia got right in there with all the younguns.
And the classic song that introduced Petula to America:
At my junior high in the 1960s there was a rampant rumor that Petula was actually French, didn't speak a word of English and sang her big hit Downtown phonetically.
So we all watched her debut on American TV on Hullabaloo singing Downtown.
And IIRC the rumors were fanned because she only sang the song (and maybe I Know a Place, as well) and there was no chitchat with whoever the week's host was.
Of course, this was all dispelled in a matter of days as the publcity mounted about her and she appeared frequently on American TV.
DOWNTOWN what a song!
Petula Clark you performed it lovely!
Saw her in Branson a few years ago with Andy Williams. They were smashing.
...and now they're dead.
Downtown - IN HELL!
She was great, such a loss. RIP, Petula.
I have also heard that rumour about a colostomy bag, my partner in the 70s knew someone who knew her ... and she did always wear loose fitting clothes ....
Saw her in concert about 5 years ago, when she was still belting out the hits.
We will always have "Downtown".
r39 r40 I know a lot of you equate being 80 with being dead, but she's still with us.
I heard her and Lulu got into a fist fight over one of the Bee Gees.
Doesn't 'Downtown' allude to oral sex? i only mention this cos Ginger Spice sang a cover version on Brit TV once, and when she sang the chorus, she kept pointing to her crotch.
R44 You see 'rainbows' everywhere when you are hungry for rainbows.
You got me i hope...
she is the best performer of all times for me, i adore this lovely lady. Talented and still wonderful at 80.
Here is young Petula and young Anthony Newley in a film that was a sort of precursor to Freaky Friday. Supposedly, Petula had an unrequited crush on Newley. She told him that he ought to learn how to sing, because he would be more employable.
When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go - Downtown!
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know - Downtown!
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown - no finer place, for sure
Downtown - everything's waiting for you