Petula Clark

My Love

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At two minutes and forty-seven seconds this classic Tony Hatch composition went to the #1 position exactly a year after "Downtown" achieved that same level of popularity. Warner Brothers single #5684 was Petula Clark's fifth song to land in the Top 25 in a twelve month period. That's a pretty staggering statistic for the then thirty-three year old export from Britain. She'd score another four mostly Top 20 hits throughout 1966, "My Love" starting that hit parade off with a quick exchange of lyrics praising the emotion cited in the title: "My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine, softer than a sigh". The album jacket goes into detail on the artist liner note writer Stan Cronyn describes as a "progenitress" ... gushing about the composition's being written on the plane when producer/arranger Tony Hatch was working on completing another tune that would show up on the album, "The Life And Soul Of The Party". The legend Cronyn writes is that an American told Hatch that phrase "meant nothing" in the U.S. so the author says he "forgot it and wrote another there on the plane. It became "My Love"." David Bowie made a similar effort to conquer the new world with "Young Americans", succeeding where Roxy Music failed to find their ode to Texas, "Prairie Rose", embraced by the masses. The first recording actually made in America by Hatch and Clark finds the big band orchestration punctuated by a quick and bright guitar which has nuances of the groundbreaking Vinnie Bell "water sound" which would emerge almost four years later on the theme to "Midnight Cowboy". And though cowboy Sonny James was one of the few who covered it as well the song remains Petula Clark's alone. Driving adult contemporary music which feels like it concludes quicker than the two and three quarter minutes that it really is "My Love" is an explosion of pop music and descriptive lyrics, her love being "brighter than the brightest star...deeper than the deepest ocean" and, of course, there's "nothing in this world that can ever change my love". It was immediately followed by "A Sign Of The Times" and with these two songs in particular Clark firmly established herself as an international star and one of the most identifiable sounds of the '60's.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
My Love 1966 Sequel 2:45
The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1986 GNP 2:47
AM Gold: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:46
Greatest Hits [BR Music] 1990 BR Music 2:45
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 7 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:47
No Image 1991
Various Artists
My Greatest 1994 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:45
No Image 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Prism 1997] 1997 Prism Platinum 2:51
Her Greatest Hits 1998 2:45
Original Hits 1998 Master Tone Records 2:54
EP Collection, Vol. 2 1999 See For Miles Records 2:44
No Image 1999 BMG Special Products 2:49
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. 2:52
Downtown and Other Great Sixties Originals 1999 Castle Music Ltd. / Castle Pie 2:44
Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard 2000 Uptown / Universal 2:46
Sixties EP Collection 2000 Sequel 2:45
Legendary 2000 BMG 2:47
My Love/I Couldn't Live Without Your Love 2000 Sequel 2:44
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2000 Pulse / Sanctuary 2:47
Downtown: The Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2001 Pulse 2:47
Complete Golden Hits Collection 2001 Castle Music Ltd. 2:47
A Year in Your Life: 1966, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:43
The Ultimate Collection 2002 Sanctuary 2:44
Kaleidoscope 2003 Sanctuary 2:44
1966: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:43
Ultimate Petula Clark 2003 BMG Heritage 2:44
Petula Clark Sings the Sixties [Priceless Collection] 2004 Collectables 2:44
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Prism 2004] 2004 Prism Leisure 2:46
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 BMG Heritage 2:45
The Song of My Life 2005 Brentwood Records 3:50
Songs of My Life: The Essential 2005 Sanctuary 2:43
Don't Sleep in the Subway 2005 WMO (Netherlands) / Wonderful Music 2:46
Supersounds from the Superstar 2007 Wounded Bird 2:44
Then & Now: The Very Best of Petula Clark 2008 2:43
Signature Collection: Her Classic Hits 2015 Factory of Sounds 2:46
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