every aspect of show business, Petula Clark's worldwide popularity has
made her a celebrated favourite and one of the most distinguished and
enduring entertainers the world has known.
will realise Petula Clark's significant output as a composer and
lyricist. Petula doesn't consider herself to be a songwriter, but there
is evidence to the contrary; she has written over 200 works, including
film themes and incidental music, an original London stage musical, an
un-staged musical and a top 10 hit with You're the One recorded
by The Vogues in 1965.
her first published composition, Golden Guinea in 1959, her
catalogue of self-penned material grew throughout the sixties whilst she
was under contract to Pye Records in the UK and Vogue in France and
peaking in the 1980s when writing with lyricist Dee Shipman.
don't look on myself as a songwriter. I'm a sometimes songwriter. I'll
write a song if it comes to me, but nobody could say to me, "Will
you write me a song?" Because I wouldn't know how to do that. It
just has to come" - Petula Clark
is continually updating her catalogue of fine compositions - some of her
most recent works; Butterfly In The Snow, Refugee, The Rainbow, Never Enough, Reflections, Happiness,
I Won't Care, Meant To Be, From Now On, Never Let Go, A Miracle To Me, Sacrifice My
Heart and Living For Today are amongst the best of her career.
Petula was recently asked whether she would like to be
remembered for either singing, acting or song-writing Petula choose her
song-writing; "because it is something that comes directly from
we examine and celebrate the song-writing career of Petula Clark.
For The Record provides for a series of articles around particular
recordings and songwriting projects. Keep checking back for future
issues of Just For The Record.
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