100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘MY LOVE’- PETULA CLARK

Petula Clark – My Love (1966, Vinyl) - Discogs

100 Great Songs From The British Invasion 1963-1966. ‘My Love’- Petula Clark.

Petula Clark’s songwriter and producer Tony Hatch was on a flight from London to Los Angeles and was working on a song he had titled ‘ The Life And Soul Of The Party.’ He got into a conversation with an American who was on the flight who told him that the title would be meaningless to American’s- so Hatch changed the songs lyrics and titled the song ‘My Love’- the lyrics were finished by the time the flight ended and shortly after so was the music. It was to be Petula Clark’s next single. She was in Los Angeles and recorded three songs at Western Studio’s one day- with the famous Wrecking Crew as her back up musicians. She liked two of the three songs but didn’t care for ‘My Love’- and tried to discourage the record company from releasing it as a single- going as far as trying to intimidate a record company official – whose response to her was ‘ Trust me, Baby.’ He turned out to be right- ‘My Love’ became her second #1 in February 1966- two years after her breakthrough hit ‘Downtown.’

Single: ‘My Love’- Petula Clark/ Written by Tony Hatch/ Record Company- Warner Bros./ Recorded 1965/ Time: 2:43/ Produced by Tony Hatch/ Released December 1965/ Peaked at #1 in US Billboard Hot 100 #4 in UK Singles Chart.

5 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: ‘MY LOVE’- PETULA CLARK

  1. A great singer from the old school merged with 60s pop. Her, Dusty Springfield and Shirly Bassy gave us great stuff. I remember seeing her on Ed Sullivan doing that song and Downtown. I was more a Dusty fan, but she was darn good.

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