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.