100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: I KNOW A PLACE- PETULA CLARK

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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.

11 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: I KNOW A PLACE- PETULA CLARK

    • There is a version of Downtown- by the Saw Doctor’s- which features a guest appearance by Petula which is also quite good.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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