Like her eventual friend Helen Reddy it took Petula Clark many records before this fantastic breakthrough hit, "Downtown", although it ushered in 1965's first week with the #1 position on the U.S. charts. The anatomy of this brilliant Tony Hatch composition and production is as interesting as the sound. After the musical interlude the song explodes back into the middle 8 "and you may find somebody kind to help and understand you". The listener hears that drum roll from Little Peggy March's reworking of a French tune, what became early 1963's #1 smash "I Will Follow Him". It seems lightning does strike twice as Clark had recorded that title as well, along with an Italian language version of Dionne Warwick's "Anyone Who Had A Heart". The singer's range and intuitive skills coupled with Tony Hatch's full understanding of pop music resulted in a classic itself covered immediately by a diverse array of artists from Marianne Faithful to Ray Conniff. "Downtown" had a sequel as blatant as Lesley Gore's "Judy's Turn To Cry" in "I Know A Place", returning to the underground dungeon she calls in that song "a cellar full of noise" (not the mis-heard lyric "a south of Illinois", one of the most classic mondegreens in pop history). The "underground" of the downtown theme continued 11 hits and two years later with her admonition to a relationship "Don't Sleep In The Subway", all made possible by this seductive single, Warner Bros #5494 in the U.S., three minutes and one second of positive reinforcement that one didn't have to take the advice of The Drifter's 1962 hit of making that dangerous climb "Up On The Roof" when this old world got one down, the wonderful sax wailing in the background at the conclusion of this hit invites you to the films, the places that never close, the rhythm of the gentle bossa nova. The imagination needed in "Up On The Roof" is too solitary, the background singers beckon with their sensual advertisement that imagination is not necessary, dreams can come true and you'll be "happy again". Interesting that 15 years later Jon Macey would issue a stern warning when his group Tom Dickie & The Desires had an underground FM hit (of course) on Polygram with their advice, they didn't want to hear none of that "Downtown Talk". The simplicity of the sixties gave way to another sign of the times: heroin in the 1980's, yet this shimmering moment from 1965 inspired many and launched the hard working Pet Clark and her producer into the pop pantheon with its unique study of the music of the day, especially that by the chart climbing female artists now joined by this British actress. The sentiment was bound to work because it was not the imagination of The Drifters or the smack addressed by Tom Dickie & The Desires, this was the reality that here you may actually find "somebody kind to help and understand you" (add Little Peggy March drums).