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Petula Clark is 80

b. 15 November 1932

Petual, have a great birthday, "Downtown!"

by Anonymousreply 5012/04/2012

Petula Clark should be named a "Dame."

by Anonymousreply 111/15/2012

Happy happy birthday, Pet darling.

A word of advice at your age:

Don't sleep in the subway.

by Anonymousreply 211/15/2012

I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

Don't Sleep In The Subway

My Love

I Know A Place

by Anonymousreply 311/15/2012

Damn, father time marches on.

I remember when Petula was one of the music leaders of the "British Invasion" in the mid-1960s.

by Anonymousreply 411/15/2012

RIP Petula.

by Anonymousreply 511/15/2012

I'm not dead, you bloody fool.

by Anonymousreply 611/15/2012

She was well into her 30s when she recorded Downtown in the mid-60s, her first American hit, so her age comes as no surprise.

by Anonymousreply 711/15/2012

In 1969 she starred in "Goodbye, Mr Chips" opposite Peter O'Toole.

by Anonymousreply 811/15/2012

A fabulous version of "Sign of the Times" from back in the day -- with the gayest backup dancers of 1966.

by Anonymousreply 911/15/2012

R8 Also in the Coppola-directed "Finian's Rainbow" with Fred Astaire, Don Francks, and Tommy Steele.

by Anonymousreply 1011/15/2012

Is that a clip from Hullabaloo?

I can't believe no one picked up that cap!!

by Anonymousreply 1111/15/2012

I saw Petula Clark in the Broadway musical, "Blood Brothers," in 1993.

by Anonymousreply 1211/15/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1311/15/2012

Fascinating woman. While all the Londoners were crammed into the underground to escape the blitz she would frequently burst into song.

by Anonymousreply 1411/15/2012

Surprising she never did a Bond theme. She would have sang "You Only Live Twice" much better than Nancy Sinatra.

by Anonymousreply 1511/15/2012

She would have been a teen during the blitz, or younger.

by Anonymousreply 1611/15/2012

I love her!!!!

by Anonymousreply 1711/15/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1811/15/2012

Like Julie Andrews, Petula was a child star in Britain and well-known to her countrymen long before she came to The States.

by Anonymousreply 1911/15/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2011/15/2012

And the classic song that introduced Petula to America:


by Anonymousreply 2111/15/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2211/16/2012

DOWNTOWN what a song! Petula Clark you performed it lovely!

by Anonymousreply 2311/16/2012

She was no Lulu.

by Anonymousreply 2411/16/2012

R24 aka Lulu, i love you my pet! Hahaha, nice one R24. So you liked Lulu more. Ok my love!

by Anonymousreply 2511/16/2012

Lulu and Pet are in a pretty small group. What is the group?

by Anonymousreply 2611/16/2012

Get outta the way the lotta you! Petula, Lulu!

by Anonymousreply 2711/16/2012

I love the way she speaks French, like an English nanny.

This is my fave (after Downtown)'s a singalonger- finger clicker!

by Anonymousreply 2811/16/2012

Cilla Black? Who?

by Anonymousreply 2911/16/2012

Sascha Distel (r28's clip) was so handsome

by Anonymousreply 3011/16/2012

'Don't Sleep in the Subway' was another hit of Petula.

by Anonymousreply 3111/16/2012

Little known fact - in the 70's , Pet had cancer, and wears a colostomy bag. Not trying to be mean - just a fact. Love her !

by Anonymousreply 3211/16/2012

Pet deals with the odor of her colostomy bag by using tea light candles, the same method used by Cliff Richard and the late Queen Mother.

by Anonymousreply 3311/16/2012

This song was actually written by Charlie Chaplin:

I discovered it from watching "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss"

by Anonymousreply 3411/16/2012

My favorite years for music were 1964 & 1965, when I was 7 & 8.

by Anonymousreply 3511/16/2012

Pet means fart in French and she was sort of a star there.

by Anonymousreply 3611/16/2012

Spatula Clark

by Anonymousreply 3711/16/2012

Saw her in Branson a few years ago with Andy Williams. They were smashing.

by Anonymousreply 3811/16/2012

...and now they're dead.

by Anonymousreply 3911/16/2012

She was great, such a loss. RIP, Petula.

by Anonymousreply 4011/16/2012

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".

by Anonymousreply 4111/16/2012

r39 r40 I know a lot of you equate being 80 with being dead, but she's still with us.

by Anonymousreply 4211/16/2012

I heard her and Lulu got into a fist fight over one of the Bee Gees.

by Anonymousreply 4311/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4411/17/2012

R44 You see 'rainbows' everywhere when you are hungry for rainbows. You got me i hope...

by Anonymousreply 4511/17/2012



by Anonymousreply 4611/17/2012

Bea Wain is like 150

by Anonymousreply 4711/23/2012

she is the best performer of all times for me, i adore this lovely lady. Talented and still wonderful at 80.

by Anonymousreply 4812/01/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4912/01/2012


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

by Anonymousreply 5012/04/2012
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