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November 15, 2006

Petula Clark Fest, The Homestretch

It's now the evening of Petula Clark Fest day! Did you know that there are seven pages of YouTube videos that have been tagged "Petula?" Because I'm so awesome, I have sifted through many of them so that I can bring you only the best.

Just in case you haven't gone crazy today with the song "Downtown" running through your head like some inexorable virus, here's another pretty good video. It's most notable for the perfectly bored young ladies with their perfectly bouffanted hairdos, circa 1964. I swear one of them looks exactly like Barbra.

Or, skip over that one and check out Petula's medley with Dean on The Dean Martin Show. Petula was Dean's guest five times and she even helped him to roast the great William Conrad once.

Petula Clark appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show twelve times. Here she is singing "My Love." This video is quite possibly her first appearance on the Sullivan show, March 14, 1965, since "My Love" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 a month earlier.

It's a catchy tune, though not my favorite. I wonder if perhaps Petula was annoyed at having to stand in one spot the entire time.

If you watched the interaction between Dean and Petula in the video above, you might have asked yourself, as I did: I wonder if he's bangin' her? Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know that they did end up in bed together. See below.

That was really cute.

Posted by annika, Nov. 15, 2006 | TrackBack (0)
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Well, that was just frickin' adorable. I always loved Petula Clark when I was a boy--that video made me jealous. They are both so comfortable in their abilities, just an ease of talent.

Posted by: DBrooks on Nov. 15, 2006

BTW, did you notice she is wearing the same dress above with Dean that she wore in the video of Downtown from Top of the Pops? That would never happen today.

Posted by: DBrooks on Nov. 15, 2006

Yes, DBrooks, I did notice that. Who could've anticipated YouTube back in the 60's?

Posted by: annika on Nov. 15, 2006

Annika - it so seems like Dean and Petula must have been banging it up. How affectionate and flirty and close they seemed - especially in that first clip. He keeps looking her up and down - she keeps looking him up and down.

I love that guy. DAMMIT. I don't care who knows.

Posted by: red on Nov. 16, 2006

Also - it';s damn hard to sing when you're LYING DOWN.

Posted by: red on Nov. 16, 2006