100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: ‘I Know A Place’- Petula Clark. ‘I Know A Place’ was the follow up single to her #1 smash ‘Downtown’- and it nearly did as well- peaking at #3 in the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is similar in structure and subject matter- but with more rock and roll beat. Why mess with a winning formula. From this point on Clark’s singles would be more successful in the UK than in her native UK. There is a reference in the song- which was written by her producer Tony Hatch of- ‘a cellar full of noise’- which Beatles maniacs will recognize as-the title of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s autobiography. Petula Clark won a Grammy Award in 1965 for Best Contemporary Rock and Roll Vocal Performance-Female.
Single: ‘I Know A Place’- Petula Clark/ Written by Tony Hatch/ Record Company- Warner Bros/ Time: 2:39/ Produced by Tony Hatch/ Recorded 1965- Released March 1965/ Peaked at #3 in US Billboard Hot 100- #17 in UK Singles Chart.
I always liked Petula Clark.
This sounds more balanced than ‘Downtown’ somehow. Her voice highlights the four words of the title just on the right side of stridency.
Petula Clark was never really a rocker, but she was a wonderful singer and this was a great song.
I agree with you on all your points!
‘Downtown’ is one of my all time favs!
There is a version of Downtown- by the Saw Doctor’s- which features a guest appearance by Petula which is also quite good.
I like it a lot. For me, one of those fine songs that kind of infiltrated my mind and memory when I was really little and someone (probably my mom) had on the radio, on what we’d call now an easy listening station, a lot of the time at home.
When I think of Petula Clark- I now first think of- a few years ago in a record store I bought one of her used records- and this young guy who was working there went on and on about how he is such a fan of hers. He couldn’t have been more than 25- it impressed me that he knew who she was- let along was a fan.
She was almost a swinging chick of the sixties, but was a bit too old to fit the bill. Still, a fantastic singer. I remember seeing her on Ed Sullivan, Shindig and a few other of those shows. Always a class act.
Its great that she’s still around and active especially when you consider at the time- she was very much an adult- and most of the others around her having success were rather young.
She acted in a few movies, and was quite a good actress.