Petula Clark has always been one of my favorite singers. Her voice always had a certain element of .... something .... in it accented by an English accent. Whatever that ... something ... was, it made her a bit special.
Petula Clark always seemed like she had a bit of a razor's edge to her even though she was often considered a good girl -whatever that means. Whenever I saw her on TV or heard her singing, I felt she was probably much more comfortable with the working guys and gals than she was with the social elite.
Here she is with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. I have a feeling she was much more into the Stones than she was the Beatles. Keep in mind when this picture was taken she was already famous and these guys were just getting a good start. They had their picture taken with her - not the other way around.
Another thing about Petula Clark that made her a bit mysterious and exotic was that she is fluent in French and sings as effortlessly in French as she does in English.
I remember Johnny Carson saying that you can say anything in French and it will always sound good.
Like all of us Petula Clark is older today. In fact, this past November she turned 80. Hard to believe but I guess that is true. This photo was taken of her last year.
Petula Clark is still working and keeping busy. Over the years she has performed countless concerts and made regular appearances. Just this past year she released a new album.
Though Petula Clark reached the pinnacle of her fame from about 1965 to 1972, she was famous before that time and she has remained famous since. Not many people can say that.
One of my favorite Petula Clark songs is I Know a Place. Like most songs of the mid 60s it is about 2 1/2 minutes long. I always liked the energy in her songs.