1965 Petula Clark – You’d Better Come Home

1965 Petula Clark – You’d Better Come Home

Petula Clark first reached the top ten on the charts in the UK in 1954 and had her first number on record there in 1961. US music fans were mostly unaware of Petula until the Beatles launched the British Invasion in 1964.

Downtown only reached #2 in the UK, but topped the charts in the US and Canada. Her next single, I Know A Place, reached #3 on the Hot 100 in early 1965, but stalled at only #17 in the UK.

Tony Hatch wrote and produced both songs, as well as Petula’s next three singles. Neither of the next two singles reached the top forty in the UK, and they both peaked in the twenties on the Hot 100 in the US.

You’d Better Come Home first reached the US charts in July 1965 and the single peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 in August.

Petula sang her next single, Round Every Corner, live on The Ed Sullivan Show in October. The record got as high as #21 on the Hot 100 the next month.

The last week of the year marked the release of her next single (My Love) and it became her second chart-topping single in the US in February 1966.


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