Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

There's No Stopping Petula; English Star Still Puts on a Great Show, Even at 84

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

There's No Stopping Petula; English Star Still Puts on a Great Show, Even at 84

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Byline: Seanna Cronin Entertainment Editor

THERE'S no slowing down for Petula Clark after more than seven decades in the spotlight.

The English singer, actress and composer is speaking to me from New York when she says how delighted she is to be able to fit in another Australian tour. She'd just been in Montreal working with several young French Canadian writers and will return there in October to record a French-speaking album.

"I've got a US tour after that in November and December and then a Canadian tour after that," she said.

"Of course it's a long way to go to Australia, but it's such a great experience once you get there.

"I love it so much. It's one of my fav places in the world. It doesn't feel like a chore for me by any means.

"I know a lot of performers don't enjoy touring but I love it."

Clark returns to our shores by popular demand. Since her last tour two years ago, she released her latest English language album From Now On.

Fans will be treated to the new original songs, as well as her iconic hits including Downtown, I Know A Place and Colour My World.

"My experience of Australian audiences has always been, right from the start, extremely warm and generous," she said. "They get the jokes, too. I will definitely be doing quite a few of the new songs in my concerts in Australia.

"I love these news songs almost as much as I love the old ones. The old ones, like Downtown, are like old friends and I wouldn't dream of going on stage and not singing them, but new friends are nice, too."

Dubbed the First Lady of The British Invasion, Petula has sung with everyone from Dean Martin and John Lennon to Michael Jackson and even starred opposite Fred Astaire in the 1968 film Finian's Rainbow.

Her career as a performer started at the tender age of nine, entertaining British troops during the Second World War on BBC Radio.

"I always loved music and I always had music going on in my head since I was five years old, but I think more than that I wanted to be an actress," she said.

"I wanted to be Ingrid Bergman, actually.

"My dad took me to see a stage play and it starred a great actress called Flora Robson. …

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