"Petula Clark Puts On a Happy, Winning Act at Copa Nitery"
October 29, 1966
Marking her second appearance at the Copacabana, Petula Clark made a splashy entrance with her special lyric interpretation of "Put On a Happy Face" before a packed room that overflowed onto the dance floor on opening night last week.
The tiny Warner Bros. recording star with her magnetic quality, wistful humor and dynamic song style won the audience thoroughly, combining her recorded hits with a well-balanced program of standards and special material. She was equally at home with a fresh Latin beat treatment of "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and an emotional reading of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," as she was with her own hits, "I Know a Place" and "Downtown." Her compelling personality and sheer enjoyment of performing was obvious throughout her song stint, which included a clever and original "My Name Is Petula." In this number she related how she has been "mispronounced around the world" and it allowed her to sing in German, French and Italian. Her powerful voice was at its best in an emotion packed ballad, "Just Say Goodbye," and in her own original "Two Rivers," in which she accompanied herself at the piano and told the lyric content of her English background and her marriage to a Frenchman. A moving piece of material indeed.
Her accompanist, Frank Owens, did a top job handling the 14-piece orchestra. After introducing her song partner from England, Tony Hatch, Miss Clark wowed the audience with a medley that ran from "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town" to "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" and led up to the closing strains of "Downtown."