Okay, so this is a little before the 70s; but I heard this song on the radio the other day and checked out Petula Clark on the ol’ internet… you know, we talk about stars with longevity; Petula started performing in 1939, and she’s still going!! This is her 1967 hit, Don’t Sleep in the Subway.
- Born in 1932, Petula’s first public performance was in a department store in a town called Kingston upon Thames. She sang with an orchestra backing and was paid a tin of toffee and a gold wristwatch.
- At nine years old, Petula made her radio debut in accidental fashion. A BBC broadcast she was attending with her father was delayed by an air raid. During the bombing, the producer asked if someone could perform something/anything to calm the theatre audience. Petula volunteered and sang. People loved it so much that it was included in the broadcasted show. There followed a series of about 500 appearances in programmes designed to entertain the troops.
- Nicknamed the “Singing Sweetheart,” or Britain’s Shirley Temple,” she performed toured the UK with another child performer, Julie Andrews.
- Petula became a mascot of the British Army. Troops would plaster her photos on their tanks for good luck as they advanced into battle.
- Following the war and into the 1950s, Petula recorded songs in both French and English and gained international success.
- This success spread to the 1960s, when she became known for a string of hits including, Downtown, My Love, This is My Song (her biggest hit) and Don’t Sleep in the Subway.
- She was one of the key figures in the ’60s UK music invasion of the US.
- She has sold more than 68 million records throughout her career.
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- Don’t Sleep in the Subway was written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent.
- It was recorded by Petula Clark and released as a single in the UK in April 1967.
- The song peaked at #12 on the UK singles chart and #5 on the US singles chart. It was at #1 on the Australian charts on 16 and 23 September 1967 – this marking Petula’s final appearance at #1 on an official national chart.
- Don’t Sleep in the Subway lyrics.
don’t sleep in the subway – petula clark – 1967 – video
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