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Mary Lorenzo

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Re: Petula Clark!
« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2012, 11:53:16 AM »
And the lovely Petula Clark was 80 years young yesterday!

(I knew we were celebrating something at Tots bbq evening!!)   ;D

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Re: Petula Clark!
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2012, 19:31:55 PM »
And a bit more above the lovely Petula Clark, copied directly from Wikipedia.....

In 1968, NBC-TV invited Clark to host her own special in the U.S., and in doing so she inadvertently made television history. While singing a duet of "On the Path of Glory," an anti-war song that she had composed, with guest Harry Belafonte, she took hold of his arm, to the dismay of a representative from the Chrysler Corporation, the show's sponsor, who feared that the moment would incur the racist bigotry of Southern viewers. When he insisted that they substitute a different take, with Clark and Belafonte standing well away from one another, Clark and the executive producer of the show — her husband, Wolff — refused, destroyed all other takes of the song and delivered the finished programme to NBC with the touch intact. The programme aired on 8 April 1968, with high ratings and critical acclaim.[11] (To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original telecast, Clark and Wolff appeared at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan on 22 September 2008, to discuss the broadcast and its impact, following a broadcast of the programme.[12]

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Re: Petula Clark!
« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2012, 23:18:22 PM »
Mary,

 Yes, hard to believe that back in the late sixties race was still an issue in the Southern States but equally this was at the height of the Vietnam War which was tearing the US apart and Harry Belafonte was a known political activitist against the war. Fraid it would have stuck in the claws of many American's to see a foreigner singing an anti war song on their prime time TV. Bad enough for them to watch Jane Fonda or Bobbie Dylan . He later went onto make some pretty damning remarks about George W in Venezuela which even Hilary Clinton condemned and she refused to share a platform with him afterwards .

Good to hear about her stand though but maybe not totally a rascist motivated incident methinks.

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Re: Petula Clark!
« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2013, 11:42:14 AM »
And picking up on an old theme here is ..... a Youtube video of the lovely Petula Clark singing a medley of her song about Mallorca and also Balero Balear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwZejFf9v4o