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Petula Clark

Petula Clark, CBE (born Sally Olwen Clark, 15 November 1932) is a British singer, actress and composer whose career spans eight decades.

Clark's professional career began during World War II, as an entertainer on BBC Radio. From the 1950s she started recording in French and scored international hits in both French and English with songs such as "The Little Shoemaker", "Baby Lover", "With All My Heart" and "Prends mon cœur". Hits in German, Italian and Spanish followed. In late 1964 Clark's global success extended to America with a four-year run of career-defining, often upbeat singles, many written or co-written by Tony Hatch (and Jackie Trent). These include her signature song "Downtown", "I Know a Place", "My Love", "A Sign of the Times", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "Who Am I", "Colour My World", "This Is My Song" (by Charlie Chaplin), "Don't Sleep in the Subway", "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener" and "Kiss Me Goodbye". In America she was dubbed "the First Lady of the British Invasion". She has sold more than 68 million records. She also has enjoyed success in musical films (Finian's Rainbow) and in stage musicals (The Sound of Music, Blood Brothers, Sunset Boulevard).

Birth and Death Data: Born November 15th, 1932 (Epsom)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83281 8/22/1952 Song of the mermaid Petula Clark vocalist  
Decca 83282 8/22/1952 Tell me truly Petula Clark vocalist  
Decca 85042 8/17/1953 Where did my snowman go? Petula Clark vocalist  
Decca 85043 8/17/1953 Take care of yourself Petula Clark vocalist  
Decca 85044 8/17/1953 Christopher Robin at Buckingham Petula Clark vocalist  
Decca 85045 8/17/1953 Three little kittens Petula Clark vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clark, Petula," accessed April 22, 2021,

Clark, Petula. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from

"Clark, Petula." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 April 2021.

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