PETULA CLARK was born in Epsom, England, but her love of music began at a very early age in her mother’s land of Wales. She was already a star in the U.K. by the age of 9, singing for the troops stationed in England during World War II. Many years later, when, after marrying French PR man Claude Wolff, she moved to France. Almost without trying, she soon became a star in that country, and across Europe, also recording in French, Italian, German and Spanish.
While still living in Paris, English songwriter Tony Hatch presented her with his new composition: Downtown. The recording was made in London and was destined to become a worldwide hit, leading to a string of top ten records (including I Know A Place, My Love, A Sign Of The Times, Don’t Sleep In The Subway, etc.), winning her 2 Grammy awards, and taking Petula’s career to international level. She has been living in Geneva, Switzerland for many years, where she met up with Charlie Chaplin who wrote one of her major hits, This Is My Song.
Rhode Island PBS has your opportunity to see Petula Clark live when she comes to the Park Theatre in Cranston, Rhode Island on Friday, November 9 at 8:00 pm. Tune-in during our September fundraising drive for special airings of My Music: The British Beat featuring Petula Clark!