Bacharach and Hal David are the writers of such 1960s hits as Dionne
Warwick's Walk On By, Dusty Springfield's The Look of Love,
and the Carpenters' Close to You. Burt Bacharach and Hal David
wrote the music and lyrics for over 700 songs that have been recorded by
some 2,000 artists including Petula - albeit limited to just 23
different songs. Here we have gathered together the Bacharach / David
songs recorded and performed by Petula presented in chronological order.
Hal David, Petula and Burt Bacharach (2000)
True Love Never Runs
Burt Bacharach and Hal David composition was Petula's 5th single produced by Tony
Hatch and recorded at the Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. True Love
Never Runs Smooth was also the opening track from the Downtown album issued
version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "True Love Never Runs
Smooth" features a good beat and a fairly heavy rhythm section
beneath its orchestral backing, and Clark's vocal is a delicate mix of
mid-1960s pop-music cool masking a hint of very convincing
vulnerability" - AllMusic
Record Mirror 27 June 1964
recorded by Gene Pitney
in 1964, with accompaniment directed by Tony Hatch, this Bacharach /
David composition was featured as the flip to the Pye single True
Love Never Runs Smooth issued in June 1964.
recorded by Burt Bacharach, Bruce Forsyth and Johnny Mathis
Ceux Qui Ont Un Coeur (Anyone Who Had A Heart)
Burt Bacharach and Hal David's
Anyone Who Had A Heart was recorded by Petula in French, German, Italian and Spanish and issued simultaneously around Europe on various singles and EPs with great success.
Petula Clark was on the roster of Pye Records, Dionne Warwick's UK label, and therefore in a position to almost immediately cover
Anyone Who Had a Heart in several foreign language versions for the international market.
Petula reached #7 in France with Ceux Qui Ont Un Coeur in the spring of 1964 then #5 in Italy with
Quelli Che Hanno Un Cuore that September; in October 1964 Petula peaked at #1 in Spain for a two-week period with
Tu No Tienes Corazon.
In Germany, Petula's cover, Alles Ist Nun Vorbei, was assigned a tandem chart ranking with both the Dionne Warwick and the Cilla Black versions of
Anyone Who Had a Heart peaking at #37.
The orchestra on Petula's versions of Anyone Who Had a Heart was conducted by Tony Hatch. The instrumentation of Petula's version differs from that of the versions by Dionne Warwick and Cilla Black in utilizing an organ for the solo on the instrumental break rather than a saxophone as on the Warwick original or a bassoon as on Black's cover.
Petula Clark has never recorded Anyone Who Had a Heart in English, feeling that both Dionne Warwick and Cilla Black have definitively rendered the song in its original language.
Also recorded by Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Shirley
Bassey, Vicki Carr, Atomic Kitten and Michael Ball
This Girl's In Love With You
Several female vocalists have rendered this Burt Bacaharach / Hal David song as
This Girl's in Love with You, apparently beginning with Eydie Gorme, for whom it was a Top 20 Easy Listening hit. Petula recorded
This Girl's In Love With You for her 1968 album Petula produced by Tony Hatch who was the exclusive producer overseeing all the album's tracks.
Petula was the last Petula Clark album of original material produced by Tony Hatch.
Petula performed This Girl's In Love With You on her 2nd
American TV special Portrait Of Petula, broadcast by NBC on April 7th
1969. Additionally, on 29 October 1969, Petula opened her Royal Albert Hall concert appearance with a
brassy Las Vegas style arrangement of This Girl's In Love With You, first issued on LP in 1972. The concert was also recorded for television - the television broadcast was a landmark transmission for the BBC when on 15 November 1969 (Petula's birthday),
An Evening With Petula Clark launched BBC1's colour transmission service.
Also recorded by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita Harris
Don't Say I Didn't
Tell You So (1971)
Produced by Arif Mardin, this Bacharach / David song, first recorded by Dionne
Warwick in 1965, was recorded by Petula for her penultimate original album
for PYE, The Song Of My Life (titled Warm and Tender in the US) issued in 1971.
Also recorded by Dionne Warwick and Herbie Mann
The World Is A
debut episode of Petula's BBC musical variety series The Sound Of
Petula was broadcast on December 26th 1972 ahead of the full series
launch in March 1973. The Boxing Day broadcast featured special guest
Anthony Newley and featured Petula performing the new Bacharach / David
composition The World Is A Circle; the main theme from their
musical Lost Horizon.
The Sound Of Petula
- The Best of Bacharach
The Sound of Petula was a musical variety series hosted by Petula Clark that aired on the BBC from
26 December 1972 through 21 December 1974. Each episode had a theme and featured guest stars.
The Best Of Bacharach was show number 5 of the first series recorded on 14 March 1973 and broadcast on 14 April 1973. Petula's guests were Anita Harris, Marion Montgomery and Barbara Windsor with The Peter Knight Orchestra and the Mike Sammes Singers. This programme represents Petula's biggest output of Bacharach / David material. As part of a cull to save room and money, the BBC erased countless hours of its output because it saw no further commercial use for such material. Included in the cull was Petula's 1973 series including
The Best Of Bacharach. The only surviving episode from the 1973 series is show six
Your Kind Of Music - a request special (recently broadcast on BBC 4) and a snippet from show two from the 1973 series:
Songs Of The Beatles.
An audio recording of the programme exists and for your enjoyment a selection of songs from the show are featured below:
This Girl's In Love With You
(They Long To Be) Close To You
Wives And Lovers
The Look Of Love
Medley: There's Always Something There To Remind Me / Anyone Who Had A Heart / Alfie / I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Living Together (from the film musical Lost Horizon)
A House Is Not A Home
What The World Needs Now
Audio recording courtesy of Tony Heester
What The World Needs
Now Is Love (1974)
Recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall, London on 14 February 1974 this live recording was arranged by Peter Knight and closed the first act. The live album originally released by Polydor Records as
Live In London was also telerecorded and broadcast by the BBC in March 1974.
Petula continued to feature What The World Needs Now in her
concert repertoire during the late 1970s and included the song during
her 1979 appearance on the TV special Eurogala.
Also recorded by Jackie DeShannon, Dionne Warwick and The Supremes
Don't Make Me Over
This Bacharach / David song marked the start of Dionne Warwick's recording
career in 1962. Petula rendered the song in 1976 when she recorded it for the proposed album
Blue Lady to be issued by ABC Dunhill Records. The album was produced in Nashville by Chips Moman
(Petula's second collaboration with Chips following the 1970 album Memphis)
but remained unreleased for almost 20 years when it was eventually
issued in 1995 by Varese Sarabande under their Vintage imprint.
Also recorded by Neil Diamond, Connie Francis and Thelma Houston
The Look Of Love
In 1996, Petula recorded a host of tracks at Angel Studios, London including
one of Bacharach and David's most covered works, The Look Of Love. The tracks were recorded for Reader's
Digest and were to be included on various album compilation albums
issued by their mail order service. In 1998, eleven of the tracks, including
The Look Of Love, were issued by First Night Records (on their Connoisseur imprint) for the Petula Clark album
Where The Heart Is.
Also recorded by Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Susan George and Diana Krall
A Tribute To Burt Bacharach and Hal David
On 30 June 2000, a host of internationally renowned
performers, including Petula paid tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David in a concert staged at London's Royal Albert Hall. For the concert, Petula chose three Bacharach / David songs
Close To You, Wishin' and Hopin' and A House Is Not A
Home. The concert was subsequently released on DVD and CD.
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