100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: Sign Of The Times: Petula Clark.
Petula Clark had been a successful entertainer in the UK since she was a child at the end of World War II- it wasn’t until ‘Downtown’ in 1964 that she became a success in the United States- and then a strange thing happened- starting with ‘Downtown’- her signature tune- she was more successful on the American charts than she was in her native United Kingdom. From 1964-68 she had a great run on the charts- with 15 Top 40 hits. ‘Sign Of The Times’ which happened in the middle of that successful stretch- was a song that Clark really liked- it had a different kind of feel about it than previous songs. It premiered on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US in late February 1966. Note- After 9-11 the evil Clear Channel Communications- had ‘Sign Of The Times’ on their list of banned songs-saying the song could be construed to refer to the end of the world. What a bunch of simpletons.
Single: ‘Sign Of The Times’- Petula Clark/ Written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent/ Record Company- Warner Brothers/ Time: 2:55/ Produced by Tony Hatch/ Recorded 1966/ Released March 1966/ Peaked at #11 in US Billboard Hot 100, #49 in UK Singles Chart.
She was great in the 60s. I enjoyed watching her on Sullivan and Johnny Carson many times. Not your typical British singer, but more American pop style bordering on a Broadway stylist. I believe she is still performing a bit in UK. I liked all of her songs and even bought one of her albums for my mother. I may still have it packed away.
yes she is still active!
Banning ‘Sign Of The Times?’ It’s as inoffensive a song as you can hear. Talk about kicking poor Pet.
I think the idiots had too much time on their hands–
I love Petula Clark. And Evangelical Christians are morons.
Always loved her voice.