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A radio star is born. . .
      October 17, 1942.
     Huddled in London's underground Criterion Theatre, the sounds of World War II reverberating above them, Petula and her father had come to the "It's All Yours" radio show intending to record a message for an uncle stationed in North Africa. Before the show went on the air, an air raid siren sounded and the producer asked if anyone would like to sing a song, tell a joke or recite a poem, anything to calm the atmosphere. Nine*-year old Petula Clark (*age depending on source) raised her hand. She announced that she'd like to do Nellie Wallace, but was persuaded to sing a song instead since her father didn't think an impersonation of the raucous comedienne was quite appropriate. Confiding that she could also do Vera Lynn, Sophie Tucker and Jimmy Durante, little Petula was led to the microphone. In order to reach it, she was placed on a box. The room hushed as she began to sing a very plaintive rendition of "Mighty Lak a Rose." Just like in the movies, the orchestra joined in and by the time she had finished, the audience was spellbound and the musicians rose en mass to applaud her.
     Later, when the show went on the air, Petula was asked to sing for the broadcast and when letters by the hundreds (begging to hear more from the little girl whose "voice was crystal clear and sounded as sweet as chapel bells on a Sunday morning in England") began to pour into the BBC, a new star was born. For the duration of the war, Petula would make hundreds of radio appearances. By war's end, she had become quite an established star.

      What follows below is but a tiny sampling of Petula's very extensive career on radio. In the days before television, Petula Clark was an enormously popular radio star. The list below chronicles some of her appearances during the Golden Age of Radio and notes some of the shows upon which she was a series regular. Also listed will be some of Petula's more notable appearances on radio, particularly those live appearances that feature interviews, hosting duties and concert performances.
      As with many of the pages on this site, documentation of Petula's early radio career is difficult to compile. In her long career, Petula has easily made thousands of radio appearances on broadcasts from stations all over the world. This page is but a start. If you have any information to contribute to this section, the webmaster would be most grateful if you would contact her.

[Laurie Parsons Zenobio gratefully acknowledges Terry Young's extensive research as documented in the IPCS' PETULA & COMPANY publication and THE RADIO & TV TIMES as primary sources for what has been compiled thus far. Many thanks also to Mike Jones for invaluable assistance in this compilation.]




All listings broadcast in the UK, except as noted.
Gold colored titles indicate shows in which Petula was a series regular.


1942

10/17/42 It's All Yours (BBC)
First radio performance. Mighty Lak a Rose
11/22/42It's All Yours
Ave Maria.
12/42Babes in the WoodCast as "Good Fairy Twinkle."
12/20/42Birthday Party
Happy Birthday
Some of these Days (as Sophie Tucker) and When I Love, I Love (as Carmen Miranda.)


1943

12/25/43 It's All Yours (BBC)  


1944

6/4/44 Variety Bandbox (BBC)  
12/24/44 Variety Bandbox (BBC)  


1945

4/45 Here's Wishing You Well Again (BBC)  
7/45 Carroll Levis Show (BBC)It Had to Be You
11/9/45 The Children's Hour(BBC)Monologue & one song.
12/3//45 Variety Bandbox (BBC)It's Christmas Again, Goodnight 'till Tomorrow


1946

4/7/46 Variety Bandbox (BBC) Guests: Petula, Edundo Ros. From the Camberwell Palace.
6/9/46 Navy Mixture (BBC) 
6/23/46 Navy Mixture (BBC) 
7/11/46
7/18/46
7/25/46
8/1/46
8/8/46
She Shall Have Music (BBC) Series regular.
9/15/46 London Town (BBC)Musical scenes from the film soundtrack.
10/2/46 Vic Oliver Introduces (BBC) 


1947

7/11/47
7/18/47
7/25/47
8/1/47
8/8/47
She Shall Have Music 
8/3/47
8/10/47
8/17/47
8/24/47
8/31/47
8/31/47
9/14/47
9/21/47
9/25/47
10/5/47
10/12/47
10/19/47
Cabin in the Cotton (BBC)
Edric Connor played Uncle Remus, the old Negro slave who sang songs and told tales to 14 year old Petula Clark.
11/21/47
11/28/47
12/5/47
12/12/47
12/19/47
Leave it to the Boys (BBC) The "Boys" were comedian Michael Howard and singer Monte Rey. Petula had a re-occuring supporting role.
12/47Calling All Forces 
12/47Guest Night 
12/24/47 A Christmas Voyage (BBC) Play.
12/25/47 Christmas Party (BBC) Play.


1948

1/1/48 Fun & Fancy Free (BBC) 
1/2/48
1/9/48
1/16/48
Leave it to the Boys (BBC)
Series regular.
4/29/48 Arthur's Blank Holiday (BBC)  
4/3/48 Children's Hour Variety (BBC)  
7/28/48 It's a Great Life (BBC)  
8/17/48 It's Fine to Be Young (BBC)  
12/23/48 Five Wishes for Christmas (BBC)  
12/27/48 The Rhubarb Room (BBC)  


1949

2/4/49
2/11/49
2/18/49
2/25/49
3/4/49
3/11/49
3/21/49
4/1/49
4/8/49
4/15/49
The Rhubarb Room (BBC)Series regular. Slightly satirical series supposedly set in a seedy nightclub.
4/20/49
4/2749
5/11/49
5/18/49
5/25/49
6/8/49
6/15/49
6/22/49
6/29/49
7/13/49
7/20/49
Way Down SouthSeries regular.
8/4/49Allan Jones Show 
8/25/49Allan Jones Show 
9/1/49Allan Jones Show 
9/25/49Variety Bandbox 
12/24/49Gala Night at the Rhubarb Room 


1950

1/8/50Band Parade (BBC) Featured Eric Winstone and his Orchestra, Geraldo & his orchestra. Regular guest star.
3/5/50French Variety (BBC) Series regular.
4/7/50Gala Night at the Rhubarb (BBC)  
6/8/50
6/15/50
6/22/50
6/29/50
7/6/50
7/13/50
7/20/50
7/27/50
Study in A Flat (BBC) Sitcom with songs for teen Petula Clark.
7/12/50Home Service (BBC) 
8/4/50Starlight (BBC) 
7/12/50National Radio & TV Awards of 1950 (BBC) 
9/8/50The Radio Show (BBC) 
December 9, 1950 - July 21, 1951Calling all Forces (BBC)
(BBC)
Series regular with her own 15 minute request spot. Series designed for men and women in service overseas.
Broadcast each Sunday, repeated on Saturday.
(29 weeks)


1951

January - July, 1951 Calling All Forces (BBC)
Series regular with her own 15 minute request spot.
5/2/51 Desert Island Discs (BBC)
Popular series whereby guest artists select the ten recordings they would take with them if they were marooned on a desert island.
11/25/51Guest Night 


1952

12/1/52 The Good Companions (Radio Luxemberg)Star studded series based on J.B. Priestley's popular novel.


1955

2/11/55 Pet's Song Party (Radio Luxemberg)
Each week Petula visited the Dr. Barnardo's Village Homes at Barkingside for a sing-song with the children there.
3/6/55 Star Bill (BBC) Introduced by Nicholas Parsons. Star guests include Petula, Tony Fayne, David Evans and Kenny Baker. The stars pay tribute to Judy Garland
3/12/55 Variety Playhouse (BBC) George Cameron introduces: Petula Clark, Bill Maynard, Bernard Miles, McDonald Hobley.
10/14/55 The Show Goes On  
10/6/55 You and I
Series starring Petula and Joe Henderson.


1956

1/20/56 The Songs the Thing
 


1957

5/28/57
20 weeks
A Life of Bliss
Petula played series star's girlfriend, Penny Gay, until she left him at the altar.


1959

1/18/59 London LightsPetula Clark, George Meaton, Edward O'Connor, Russ conway, Max Wall
7/17/59 Midday Music Hall Guest: Polka Dots, Jack Emblow
10/6/59
10/13/59
10/20/59
10/27/59
11/3/59
11/10/59
11/17/59
11/24/59
12/1/59
12/8/59
12/15/59
12/22/59
Pet and Mr. Piano
A series of fast-paced shows in which Petula and Joe Henderson (accompanied by the Ralph Dollimore Quartet) sang and played their way through no less than 26 songs in half an hour.


1960

1/29/60Round and Round (BBC) Petula Clark, Diana Coupland, The Five Dallas Boys, Gary Miller, Jane Morgan, Anthony Newley
4/19/60Frankie's Bandbox Frankie Howerd hosted variety series.


1965

10/12/65
France
Europe 1 Celebration of Europe 1 10th year anniversary. All the top French singers participated. Petula's participation was broadcast from the Copa in New York.


1967

11/24/67 WNEW 1130
Radio concert.
William B. Williams hosts.


1968

Date unknown
USA
KLAC Presents Petula
Hour long radio concert from the Coconut Grove and broadcast on Los Angeles based radio station, KLAC.


1969

8/15/69
USA
KTHO-AM-FM
Interview with DJ Bill Kingman.
Harrah's, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada


1971

10/71
France
Unknown Show Interview.


1973

2/73Late Night Extra (Radio 2) Interview.
8/2/73
South Africa
The Evening StarThis is My Song, Nothing Succeeds Like Success, Solitaire, My Guy
11/18/73 Petula (BBC Radio 2) Excellent six part series about Petula's life and career. Narrated by Anthony Newley.
Part 1: The Soldier's Child
11/25/73 Petula (BBC Radio 2) Part 2: Growing Up
12/2/73 Petula (BBC Radio 2)
Part 3: The Difficult Years.
12/9/73 Petula (BBC Radio 2)
Part 4: A Change of Direction.
12/16/73 Petula (BBC Radio 2) Part 5: International Stardom
12/23/73 Petula (BBC Radio 2) Part 6: What of the Future.


1974

9/5/74 Late Night Extra (BBC 1) Host John Dunn.
Petula chated via telephone from Geneva.


1975

4/75 Music Through Midnight (BBC 2)  
4/7/75 The Day That Changed My Life (Radio Luxemberg) Interview.
Songs featured: Don't Sleep in the Subway, Fool on the Hill ~ The Bypsy ~ What the World Needs Now ~ and the song that caused the day that changed Petula's life Downtown
7/75
USA
KIIS Radio Show (KIIS Radio)
Petula was guest afternoon DJ on this popular Los Angeles-based radio station. The host of the show, Larry McKay was completely smitten.


1976

9/5/76 Pete Murray's Open House (BBC 2)
Guests: Petula & David Soul


1977

7/10/77
Canada
Live in Montreal
TV broadcast
Broadcast of Place des Arts concert recorded live in December 1976.
Your Song ~ Ma Fete a Moi ~ Romeo/Marin/Chariot ~ Beatles medley ~ Je Voudrais qu'il soit Malheureux ~ La Gadoue/O O Sherrif/Les Incorruptibles ~ Medley from Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity & Jesus Christ Superstar. ~ La Vie en Rose ~ Feelings ~ Je Me Sens Bien (Apres de Toi) ~ I Got the Music in Me.
April 1977
Monaco
(Radio Monte Carlo)
 


1978

3/12/78 Pete Murray's Open House (BBC 2)  
6/3/78 BBC International Festival of Light Music (BBC 1) Your Song, Destiny, Put a Little Sunshine in Your Life, Don't Cry for Me, Argentina, My Love/Downtown.


1980

6/5/80 Petula at Drury Lane (Capital Radio)
Excerpts from May 4, Drury Lane concert.
With a Little Luck, Don't Sleep in the Subway, Something, Stevie Wonder medley, I Know a Place, On With the Show, This is My Song, How are Things in Glocca Morra, I Couldn't Live without Your Love, Day and Night, My Love, Downtown.


1981

3/18/81 Radio 2 Interview 
12/25/81 Petula Clark (Radio 2) Presented an hour of her favourite Christmas music, intersperced with anecdotes.
Joy to the World-Joan Sutherland ~ Christmas for Cowboys-John Denver ~ Sunnybank-Chichester Choir ~ Sleighride/ Love is a Song (from Bambi) ~ Gaudete_Cymbrn Welsh Choir ~ It Was a Glad Morning -Combined Welsh Choirs ~ Ding Dong Merrily on High-Morriston Orpheus Choir ~ The Christmas List -Peggy Lee ~ Deck the Halls - The Muppets ~ The First Noel -Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra ~ Jingle Bells/The First Snowfall of the Winter/Let it Snow - The Carpenters ~ White Christmas Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds ~ The Three Drovers - The Adelaide Singers ~ The Lonely Goatherd (Petula & SOM cast ~ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland


1982

2/3/82 Be My Guest (BBC) From her dressing room at the Apollo (during the SOM run) Petula took over the regular weekly half-hour spot to play a selection of her favorite music: Don't Smoke in Bed -Peggy Lee ~ New York, New York-Frank Sinatra Day and Night Theme Eric Satie ~ What a Fool Believes-Doobie Brothers ~ Easy to Remember-John Coltrane ~ I Will Survive-Gladys Knight ~ Excerpt from Petruska by Stravinsky ~ La Foule (The Crowd)-Edith Piaf
2/20/82 Desert Island Discs (BBC)
For the second time, Petula played selections from the recordings she would take with her to a deserted island.


1983

8/28/83
USA
Profile on Petula Clark 3 hour profile hosted by Dick Clark. Show included recent interviews.


1985

3/19/85 Gloria Hunniford (Radio 1) Interview.


1986

3/86 Star Choice (Radio 1)
Petula played another selection of her favourite recordings. Lena Horne ~Old Devil Moon ~ Matt Monro-We're Gonna Change the World ~ Doobie Brothers-Minute by Minute ~ Count Basie Orchestra-I Can't Help Loving You ~ Dina Ross-Chain Reaction ~ Elvis Presley-Suspicioous Minds ~The Carpenters-For All We Know ~ Charles Aznovour-You Let Yourself Go ~ Bee-Gees-Staying Alive ~ Elton John-Rocket Man ~ Peggy Lee-He's a Tramp ~ Police-Every Breath You Take ~ Downtown
8/17/87
USA
WNBC Radio Interview with DJ Alan Coombs.
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love.


1988

11/14/88 Greater London Radio (BBC)  


1994

10/27/94
USA
KQQL 108 While touring the US in Blood Brothers, Petula appeared as Guest Disk Jockey on this Minneapolis, MN radio station.


1995

12/24/95 Desert Island Discs (BBC 4)
For the third time, Petula played selections from the recordings she would take if stranded on a desert island.


1996

10/25/96 Radio 2 Concert (BBC 2)
Part I: Here We Are, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, This is My Song, Elton John medley, Losing My Mind, I Concentrate on You, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Tell Me It's Not True, Don't Give Up/Tomorrow/Look for the Silver Lining
Part II: With One Look, The Perfect Year, As If We Never Said Goodbye, Don't Sleep in the Subway, Strangers Once Again, Medley of French tunes, Let it Be Me, Beat Out That Rhythm on a Drum, Comme Une Priere, I Know You're Out There Somewhere, The Other Man's Grass is Always Greener, Downtown.


1997

7/11/97 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Radio 2) Six part radio series narrated by Petula who talks about and plays the music of many of the famous stars of British musicals. Programme One recalls some of the great women of Britain's Silver Screen, including Cicely courtnedge, Evelyn Laye, Betty Driver, Jessie Matthews.
7/18/97 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Radio 2) Programme two concentrates on several of the great male stars of British film musicals including Jack Buchanan, Jessie Matthews, Jack & Claude Hulbert, & Richard Tauber.
7/25/97 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Radio 2) Programme Three: Black song and dance legends: Leslie Hutchinson, Turner Layton, Mabel Mercer, Elisabeth Welch, Paul Robeson.
8/1/97 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Radio 2) Programme Four: Leading ladies of the silver screen: Gertrude Lawrence, Mary Ellis, Gracie Fields.
8/8/97 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Radio 2) Programme Five: Stars of the war-time musicals: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon, Pat Kirkwood, Anne Shelton, Arthur Askey, Bertha Willmot.
8/15/97 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Radio 2) Programme Six: More popular stars of wartime musicals: Vera Lynn, Jean Simmons, Patricia Burke, Sid Field, Tessie O'Shea.
12/97 Cardigans at Christmas  


1998

1/23/98 Debbie Thrower Show (BBC2) I'll Imagine You a Song, Rise & Seize the Day, America the Beautiful.
1/25/98 Pete Murray Show (LBC) Interview. UK tour promotion.
1/28/98 Steve Allen Show Interview. UK tour promotion.
8/23/98 LBC Interview 
10/31/98 The Story of the Twist (BBC R2) Short interview revolving around Petula's contribution to the dance crazes of the sixties.


2001

1/25/01
Australia
Jeremy Cordeaux Breakfast Show (5DN) Interview. Australian tour promotion.
1/25/01
Australia
Lionel Yorke Breakfast Show (Perth 1080 6IX) Interview. Australian tour promotion.
1/25/01
Australia
Breakfast Show (Sydney 2CH) Interview. Australian tour promotion.
1/25/01
Australia
Morning Show (Melbourne 3MP) Interview. Australian tour promotion.
11/9/01
USA
(WGN Radio) Phone interview prior to PBS pledge break appearance for A Sign of the Times special. Chicago, Illinois.


2002

1/10/02
USA
(KOLA Radio) Interview recorded in Long Beach, California to promote concert appearance at the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center.
4/9/02 (LBC Radio) News interview.
4/10/02 Woman's Hour (Radio 4) Interview.
4/10/02 Various BBC local radio staions Interview.
4/11/02 Johnnie Walker (Radio 2) Interview.
4/11/02 Mick Brown (Capital Gold network) Interview.
4/12/02 Mike Sweeney (Capital Gold network) Interview.
4/14/02 Desmond Carrington (Radio 2) Feature.
4/14/02 (Heart FM - London) Breakfast show interview.
4/14/02 Takeover (Capital Gold network) Special feature.
4/15/02 Richard Allinson (Radio 2) Interview.
4/15/02 Simon Mayo ((Radio 2) Album chart show - interview.
4/15/02 (Liberty Radio) Interview.
4/18/02 (Capital Gold network) Interview.
4/19/02 Friday Night is Music Night(Radio 2) Feature.
4/20/02 Jonathan Ross Show(Radio 2) Competition.
4/21/02 Parkinson Show(Radio 2) Interview.
4/23/02 From the Bottom to the Top Show(Capital Gold network) Feature.
11/4/02 Johnnie Walker (Radio 2)
Interview.


2003

11/4/03
France
Les Grosses Tête (RT1) Interview.
1/10/02
France
La tête dans les étoiles (RT1) Interview.


2004

5/02/04
"Sunset Boulevard" Concert (BBC2)
Recorded in Ireland at the Cork Opera House. Performance featured Petula as Norma Desmond and Michael Ball as Joe Gillis.
9/16/04
USA
WICH-AM Radio (1310) Interview with DJ Stu Bryer (Norwich, CT)
9/17/04
USA
Mary Jones Show (WDRC-AM) Interview with DJ Mary Jones. (Hartford, CT)
9/24/04
USA
WNHU (88.7 FM) 30 minute interview.
12/21/04
USA
In the Morning (FM 88.3)
DJ: Bonnie Grice
Phone interview.


2005

4/02/05
USA
WVLT (92.1 FM) Interview
(Philadelphia, Southern Jersey, Atlantic City)
4/05/05
Piaf (BBC Radio 2)
4 part documentary on the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf, narrated by Petula
5/06/05
5/13/05
5/20/05
5/27/05
PETULA CLARK -DRIVEN BY EMOTION (BBC Radio 2)
4 part documentary exploring Petula's life and career. In conversation with Desmond Carrington.
5/29/05
USA
Espace Musique
(Radio-Canada)
Interview
(Boston)
6/05/05
Canada
The Lost 45s
(WODS 103.3)
Interview
(Montreal)
6/16/05
Canada
FRÉQUENCE LIBRE
(Première Chaîne)
Interview
11/22-23/05
Australia
Brisbane 4KQ Interview


2006

2/10/06
USA
Charlie Brennan Show
(KMOX 1120AM)
Interview
(St. Louis, Missouri)
2/10/06
USA
Charlie Brennan Show
(KMOX 1120AM)
Interview
(St. Louis, Missouri)
3/06
USA
AM 740
Interview
6/17/06
USA
Saturday Night Oldies
WABC - AM 770
Interview
(New York, NY)
7/29/06
USA
The Rewind Show
KAHI Radio AM 950
Various (Syndicated)
(Los Angeles, CA)
8/24/06
Switzerland
WRG-FM 88.4 Interview - "Together" debut
(Geneva)
9/8/06
9/15/06
9/22/06
9/29/06
STOP THE WORLD: THE ANTHONY NEWLEY STORY
(BBC Radio 2)
4 part documentary - Jonathan Ross recalls the life and career of singer, songwriter and stage and screen star Anthony Newley. With contributions from Petula Clark, David Bowie, Elaine Paige, Bill Kenright, Don Black and former wife Joan Collins.
11/23/06 STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON
BBC Radio 2
Interview
12/15/06 FRIDAY NIGHT WITH PETULA CLARK
BBC Radio 2
Petula in concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Special guests: Michael Ball and Tony Hatch


2007

1/1/07 David Hamilton Interview
BIG L 1395AM / Sky Digital channel 0190
Interview from 2002.
1/23/07 Ray Noble Interview
BBC Radio Wales
Interview to promote Coming Home series.
3/07 The Saturday Carry On
BBC Radio Kent
Interview to promote spring UK Tour.


2008

3/22/08
USA
Growing Bolder Radio Show
WFLA AM540
Interview.
(Orlando, Florida)
3/23/08
USA
WBZT AM1230 Interview.
(West Palm Beach, Florida)
5/29/08 Smooth Radio 102.2
Interview.
6/5/08 Tracks of My Years
BBC2
Host: Ken Bruce.
Petula chooses BBC Radio 2 jazz specialist & vocalist Clare Teal.
6/9/08 Steve Wright Show
BBC2
Interview.
6/22/08 Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch
BBC2
Interview.
7/13/08 Aled Jones with Good Morning Sunday
BBC 2
Host: Aled Jones
8/4/08 Value Judgements
Radio Wales
Host: Phil George


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