"Le Parisien" - English translation
April 12, 2003

Petula Clark rekindles with France

In the sixties, she was part of the French music scene, she even got a number one hit with "DOWNTOWN" at the time that the Beatles were always at the top of the charts. Forty years later, the British Petula Clark, a legend of show-business, has stayed in the memory of many people on account of her clear voice and for her many film appearances. After being absent from the French scene for a long time, she plans to rekindle with the French people. "I have a lot of respect for the people of this country and I wanted to offer them some new songs, I just didn't want to sing my old French hits, I didn't want to be just nostalgic."

"Downtown has become an anthem to New York City"
On this double CD compilation "Kaléidoscope" apart from her greatest French and international hits, it also offers excerpts from musicals and some new titles composed by a young author and composer, David Hadzis, "He's a young man who doesn't live very far from my home in Geneva. He knows everything about my career. One day he sent me some songs that pleased me." Some of the new titles are: "La Chanson de Gainsbourg", a tribute to the person who wrote her "La Gadoue" in 1965. There is also the prophetic "Recommencer à Zéro" and "La Première Fois". "It's hard for me to remember everything that went on in the sixties. I understand the myth over the sixties. I was rather a quiet person during those years. I didn't do drugs. Today, I almost feel like apologising for it. If you really want to know, I didn't go to bed with Mick Jagger. Even if I could have..." On this compilation with all the French hits you'll hear "DOWNTOWN", the perfect pop song which is ageless. "It has become New York City's anthem, even more so since September 11th."

Going on stage still motivates Petula Clark, born November 15th 1932, in Epson, England. Two years ago, in Montreal, Canada she gave a bilingual concert where she talked about herself and her life. A fullfilled life, which started as a child star during the Second World War on BBC radio, to support the moral of the British troops away from home. "There are so many things that I've forgotten and so many others that I want to forget... But I will never forget the greeting that I received from France and its people. That's why, no matter what, that I always come back here."
Translation courtesy of Daniel Bedard


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