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PETULA CLARK'S UNIQUE SEVEN DECADE CAREER

Posted by Billyjam, May 19, 2009 05:29pm | Post a Comment
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76 year old English singer/composer/actress Petula Clark holds the distinction of being the most successful British female solo recording artist ever, with a career that spans seven decades and that has racked up record sales of over 70 million units. For this feat she has been recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Additionally Clark was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 1998 when she was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).

Clark, whose number one hits include "Downtown," "My Love" and "This Is My Song," and whose other big hits include "I Know A Place" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway" (video below), made her first public performace singing at age 7 as part of a retail store promotion.

Her professional career began a few years later when the talented young girl became an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II when she performed an inspired rendition of "Mighty Lak' a Rose." Clark was a few weeks shy of celebrating her tenth birthday. She would go on to perform approximately 500 times in radio programmes designed to entertain the British troops during the War. At this same time she would tour the UK with (fellow child performer) Julie Andrews, earning herself the nickname of "Britain's Shirley Temple."


In 1944 (at age 12) she made her big screen debut in Medal For The General playing the character of Irma in the film. This led to her appearing in a string of films (many B-movies), includinpetula clark don't sleep in the subwayg Strawberry Roan, I Know Where I'm Going!, London Town, and Here Come the Huggetts. She continued making films, about 30 in all, for the next four decades. It was In 1949 when Clark, who had still to turn seventeen, released her first single and in 1954 scored her first top ten hit, "The Little Shoemaker," which would be the first of string of hits for the artist. 1961's "Sailor" would be her first UK #1 hit and "Downtown" (video below) would be her first US #1 hit single in 1964. The 1960's was her decade, with other Petula Clark hits including "I Know a Place," "My Love," "Colour My World," "A Sign of the Times," and "Don't Sleep in the Subway."

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Cass McCombs' "Dreams Come True Girl"

Posted by Miss Ess, May 19, 2009 02:33pm | Post a Comment
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Cass McCombs
is one of the best bubbling-just-under-the-radar songwriters around. Cass's got a new video out, fiercly featuring actress Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider), as well as our own dear Greg in a skateboarding cameo, for his song "Dreams Come True Girl." The track is a sweet, ambling, highly hum-able song that will be on his upcoming album, Catacombs, out on Domino June 1. The single is also out now on 7". Check out the vid below:

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I present this blog as an offering to the Goddess Pele. May she protect us through the upcoming fire season!
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Gonzales' 27 hour solo performance breaks Guinness record

Posted by Billyjam, May 18, 2009 05:24pm | Post a Comment

The Canadian musician and producer Gonzales made history today when he broke the world record for the longest-ever solo gonzalezconcert. The 37-year-old artist, who was born Jason Charles Beck and currently lives in Paris, France, successfully played piano non-stop for 27 hours, three minutes and 44 seconds in a performance at the Cine Theatre 13 in Paris that began at midnight Saturday night (technically the very beginning of Sunday) and ran until just past 3am this morning (local French time).

The record-breaking concert by Gonzales was streamed through his website. It contained 300 pieces of music in varying lengths and included a diversity of works from the likes of Gershwin, Beethoven, Britney Spears, and Feist (a fellow Canadian artist he regularly collaborates with). In the video above from approximitely 5:30am yesterday, he is seen/heard performing the Feist piece.

The performer takes the new world title from the previous Guinness record-holder, Prasanna Gudi of India, who had played raga for 26 hours and 12 minutes in 2008. As reported by the the Ottawa Citizen, Guinness, who monitored the solo performance, did permit Gonzales to take a 15 minute break after each three-hour set and a 30-second pause in between songs.
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