Petula Clark

I Know a Place

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British record producer and songwriter Tony Hatch wrote "Downtown" with the idea that he might get the Drifters to record it. It was in the style of their hit "Up on the Roof," a song that described a place where the singer and his listener can go to have fun, set to a buoyant tune. "Downtown" did not find its way to the Drifters, but it was taken up by British singer Petula Clark, who had achieved considerable success as a child singer and actress in her home country and then become a major star in France. It became her biggest hit in four years in the U.K. when it was released in the fall of 1964 on Pye Records. The label had a licensing deal with Warner Bros. in the U.S., and while Clark had never had any presence in America before and, just having turned 32, was hardly a likely candidate for youthful success, the British Invasion was still going full-tilt stateside. Warner Bros. put out "Downtown" as a single around Thanksgiving of 1964, and by the third week of January it was the number one record in the country. Hatch and Clark quickly concocted a follow-up, "I Know a Place." Once again, the arrangement began with a solo piano that built into a quasi-wall-of-sound production set to a rollicking beat. Once again, Clark offered advice on a hot spot where fun was to be had. Not only were we going downtown, but now she had a specific place in mind, "a cellarful of noise," borrowing the title of Beatles manager Brian Epstein's recently published autobiography, which in turn referred to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where he'd first seen the group perform. Released in the U.S. and the U.K. on the heels of "Downtown"'s success in February 1965, "I Know a Place" did almost as well in America, where it just missed the top of the charts, though it only made the Top 20 in Britain. Clearly, being a near-carbon copy of its predecessor didn't hurt much. It has hurt in the long run, however. While "Downtown" is a much-recorded standard, "I Know a Place" has rarely been covered and remains a Petula Clark oldie.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Know a Place 1965 Sequel 2:43
The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1986 GNP 2:48
Greatest Hits [BR Music] 1990 BR Music 2:40
AM Gold: The Mid '60s 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:46
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 6 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:49
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Treasures, Vol. 1 1992 Scotti Brothers 2:46
No Image 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Prism 1997] 1997 Prism Platinum 2:52
Her Greatest Hits 1998 2:45
Original Hits 1998 Master Tone Records 2:54
EP Collection, Vol. 2 1999 See For Miles Records 2:48
The Classic Collection 1999 Castle Pulse 2:44
Very Best of Petula Clark [Crimson] 1999 Crimson Productions
Petula Clark [Classic World] 1999 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:49
Downtown: The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1999 Buddha Records 2:43
Downtown and Other Great Sixties Originals 1999 Castle Music Ltd. / Castle Pie 2:43
Pop in the 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 2:45
Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard 2000 Uptown / Universal 2:45
Legendary 2000 BMG 2:47
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2000 Pulse / Sanctuary 2:46
Downtown: The Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2001 Pulse 2:46
The Anniversary Party 2001
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 2:44
Complete Golden Hits Collection 2001 Castle Music Ltd. 2:45
Downtown/I Know a Place 2001 Sequel 2:45
A Year in Your Life: 1965, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:47
The Ultimate Collection 2002 Sanctuary 2:45
Ultimate British Invasion Collection 2003
Various Artists
Magada International / WEA International 2:45
Ultimate Petula Clark 2003 BMG Heritage 2:44
1965: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:43
Call Me: The Songs of Tony Hatch 2003 Castle / Sanctuary 2:41
That's How It Goes: The Pye Anthology 2003 Castle Music Ltd. 2:44
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 BMG Heritage 2:46
Don't Sleep in the Subway 2005 WMO (Netherlands) / Wonderful Music 2:47
Supersounds from the Superstar 2007 Wounded Bird 2:44
The British Beat: Best of the '60s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 2:44
Then & Now: The Very Best of Petula Clark 2008 2:44
Signature Collection: Her Classic Hits 2015 Factory of Sounds 2:47
No Image SEL
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution