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Petula Clark

Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) is an English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades.

Clark's professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1950s she started recording in French and having international success in both French and English, with such songs as "The Little Shoemaker", "Baby Lover", "With All My Heart", and "Prends Mon Cœur". During the 1960s she became known globally for her popular upbeat hits, including "Downtown", "I Know a Place", "My Love", "Colour My World", "A Sign of the Times", and "Don't Sleep in the Subway". The timing and popularity of these songs caused Clark to be dubbed the First Lady of the British Invasion. She has sold more than 68 million records throughout her career.

Clark was born to a Welsh mother, Doris (Phillips) Clark, and an English father, Leslie Norman Clark, both of whom were nurses at Long Grove Hospital in Epsom, Surrey, England. Her father invented her first name and joked it was a combination of the names of two former girlfriends, Pet and Ulla.

As a child, Clark sang in the chapel choir and showed a talent for mimicry, impersonating Vera Lynn, Carmen Miranda and Sophie Tucker for her family and friends. Her father introduced her to theatre when he took her to see Flora Robson in a 1938 production of Mary Tudor; she later recalled that after the performance "I made up my mind then and there I was going to be an actress... I wanted to be Ingrid Bergman more than anything else in the world."[3] However, her first public performances were as a singer, performing with an orchestra in the entrance hall of Bentall's Department Store in Kingston upon Thames for a tin of toffee and a gold wristwatch, in 1939.

Petula Clark's song Downtown recently appered on Lost.
Petula Clark was the first British pop singer to have a number one hit in the US.
Petula Clark composed the score for A Coureaux Tires in 1964.
Petula Clark starred in Goodbye Mr. Chips in 1969.
The last film that Petula Clark starred in was Never, Never Land in 1980.
Petula Clark's claim to fame is that is the best-selling British song artist of all times selling over 70 million records.
Petula Clark not only composed but starred in the musical Someone Like You.
Petula Clark has to her credit over 1000 songs recorded.
Petula Clark has written songs for such groups as The Vogues.
Petula Clark is not only a performer but a song writer as well. She writes her songs for others under the name as Al Grant.
Clark has a tour in Branson, Missouri, which she will share the stage with singers of stature as Andy Williams.
Though Clark is now 73 she still continues to perform on a regular basis.
Clark was designated a Commander of the British Empire also known as the CBE in 1998.
Clark came out with My Love in 1966 which made her the first British singer to have 2 hits on the charts in the US at the same time.
Clark teamed up with producer Tony Hatch to produce a second hit that made it on the airways in the States titled I know a Place in 1965.
Clark was the first British pop singer to have a number one hit in the US.
Clark was the first British song soloist to win a Grammy. She did that with her song Downtown.
Clark had the opportunity to star in the following hit movies Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966), Valley of the Dolls (1967), Airport (1970), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) but turned them all down.
VH1 ranked Clark as number 85 of the top 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Before Clark became a star she was living in France and working as a secretary for Firestone offices.
Clark and Claude have three children together
Clark married Claude Wolf in June of 1961 and they are still married today.
Clark was born Petula Sally Olwen Clark but she grew up with the nickname of Pet.
Clark was born on November 15, 1932 Ewell, Surrey, England

 

50s, 60s Hits

A Sign Of The Times
Dont Sleep In The Subway
Downtown
I Couldnt Live With Out Your Love
Kiss Me Goodbye
My Love
This Is My Song

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