was petula clark the best female pop singer of the ’60s?

In the opinion of many professional rock and pop music critics, Dusty In Memphis may be the best all-around album by a white female pop singer recorded and released in the ’60s. But, for my taste, the lady with the best pipes and the best all-around taste in pop music in that decade was Petula Clark.

And “pop” was the music she recorded throughout her career, which began as a child star in 1949! By 1963, she was an international star who had scored #1 hits in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Australia.

But in 1964 she became an international superstar when Downtown reached the top of the charts in six countries, including—finally!—the United States. In the next three years, she was the top female artist on US singles surveys, reaching #1 once more (with My Love) along with seven more singles reaching the Top 20. Unfortunately, the hits came to a halt in 1967 . . .


The above are the original opening paragraphs to this article, which has been moved to my Rather Rare Records site under the same title, “Was Petula Clark the Best Female Pop Singer of the “60s.” I also made the corrections suggested by Mike Jones in his comments below, added a few paragraphs closing paragraphs, and added photos, which I didn’t know how to do two years ago.


3 thoughts on “was petula clark the best female pop singer of the ’60s?

  1. I agree Petula is the best..couple of corrections.. Tony Hatch was not Petula’s husband…he married singer and songwriter Jackie Trent (who died this year 2015) and together they wrote Petula’s ” I couldn’t live without your love” “Color my world” and “Don’t sleep in the subway”.
    Also the “You’re the one” clip is from the American ” Big Tnt Show” which also featured The Byrds, Ike and Tina Turner and the Loving Spoonful.

    1. Oh and the Top 40 hits finished on the USA in 1968….”Kiss me goodbye” was Top 20..but she did continue to hit the Top 75 with songs such as ” Don’t give up”, “Happy heart”, and in the 70’s “Wedding song” ,”my guy” and in 1982 ” Natural Love” which was also her first Country Top 20 hit. In 2013 Time magazine voted her ” Cut Copy me” at # 6 in their Top songs of 2013

    2. MIKE

      Thanks for the correction! I have carried the thought around in my head for fifty some years that Clark was Mrs. Hatch. Oh well, learn and live, as they say.

      THE BIG T.N.T. SHOW was filmed before a live audience in October 1965, It featured Joan Baez, The Byrds, Ray Charles, Petula Clark, Bo Diddley, Donovan, Lovin’ Spoonful, Roger Miller, The Modern Folk Quartet, The Ronettes, Ike And Tina Turner, and special guest star David McCallum, then hot as a pistol in the MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. television series).

      That’s rock and rhythm & blues and folk and pop and country, black and white, female and male, and an international cast! You don’t see anything like this anymore. The 95 minute show can still be seen in its entirety thanks to the magic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QM9wSyn8BY

      Mike, all my music articles have been transferred to my other site Rather Rare Records. Give some of them a read and do not hesitate to post more comments with corrections.

      Bestest,

      NEAL

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