Petula Clark coming to Wilkes-Barre’s ‘Downtown’ Nov. 14

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — Petula Clark is planning to perform “Downtown.”

The singer, actress and 1960s icon will visit the F.M. Kirby Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14 ,at 7 p.m. — the day before her 86th birthday.

Tickets are available at The Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center, online at www.kirbycenter.org and by phone at 570-826-1100.

Ticket prices are $32.50, $42.50 and $60, plus fees.

Clark was born in Epsom, England, but her love of music began at a very early age in her mother’s land of Wales. She was already a star in the U.K. by age 9, singing for the troops stationed in England during World War II.

Many years later, after marrying Frenchman Claude Wolff, Clark moved to France. She soon became a star in that country, and across Europe, also recording in French, Italian, German and Spanish, finding time to raise two daughters, Barbara and Kate, and later a son, Patrick.

While still living in Paris, English songwriter Tony Hatch presented her with his new composition, “Downtown.” The recording was made in London and was destined to become a worldwide hit, leading to a string of top ten records, including “I Know A Place,” “My Love,” “A Sign Of The Times,” “Don’t Sleep In The Subway,” and others, winning her two Grammys.

While living in Geneva, Switzerland, for many years, she met up with Charlie Chaplin who wrote one of her major hits, “This Is My Song.”

Clark has performed in her own TV shows in the U.K., the United States, and France, and has also starred in movies such as “Finian’s Rainbow” with Fred Astaire, and “Goodbye Mr. Chips” with Peter O’Toole.

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By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.