African Americans on TV -
That's what top-10 recording artist Petula Clark learned when she made her first NBC special in 1968.
I wanted a guest, obviously, and they said, "Who would you like?" and I said Harry Belafonte.
Clark and Belafonte performed an anti-war song called "Paths Of Glory."
("On The Path Of Glory" was co-written by Petula Clark)
|And of course because it's a very emotional song I just took hold of his arm as a natural thing.|
Petula put her hand on Belafonte's arm or whatever and it was a big deal. Please!
I didn't get it. I just didn't understand what was going on.
She wasn't even doing me a favor, or doing the race a favor. She was just looking at the way it should be.
|Petula working on a commercial for Plymouth.|
Narrator: When the story was picked up in the press Plymouth issued a public apology. The special aired uncut.
|Harry Belafonte: The way it was for Petula Clark and everyone involved with this, how they stepped up to the table, I think it was absolutely a wonderful moment|