known as PUT A CHRYSLER SUNBEAM IN YOUR LIFE and PUT A LITTLE
SUNSHINE IN YOUR LIFE
Put A Little Sunbeam In Your Life is a song by Petula Clark that was
issued by CBS Records as a single ( S CBS 6245) on the 14 April 1978 and
included on her 1978 album Destiny released by CBS (CBS 82608).
The song was recorded in November 1977 at PYE Studios, London. The album
featured five songs written / co-written by Petula.
The original version, co-written by Clark,
Put A Chrysler Sunbeam In Your Life, launched the new car called the CHRYSLER SUNBEAM.
The Chrysler team needed a superstar to launch their product, so they approached Petula and her husband Claude.
It was reported that Petula initially said "No" when she was first asked to appear in the Chrysler Sunbeam commercial.
South African composer Gus Galbraith was hired in January 1977 to start writing the music.
In the beginning, the car didn't have a name and the art director Richard Truman had to write lyrics for the song.
The working title was PUT A CHRYSLER LA-LA IN YOUR LIFE. Throughout the development of writing the song, the lyrics continued to change until the
creative team were given a name for the car: THE CHRYSLER SUNBEAM.
Put A Chrysler Sunbeam In Your Life was written by Gus Galbraith (music) and the lyrics were written by Richard Truman, David Climpson, Richard Krupp and Petula Clark.
By the time the advert was launched, the lyrics had been rewritten 17 times! For
Put A Chrysler Sunbeam In Your Life Petula had made changes to two of the words and a change in the
and co-writer Richard Truman recalls: "Petula's infectious exuberance
swept over all of us, Petula is indeed one of a kind, a creative force that is missing today in an era of
global music factories. In the end, it is to her credit that the song was ever created - Petula added everything to every step in the process."
Petula recorded her vocal to
Put A Chrysler Sunbeam In Your Life at PYE Studios (Studio 2), London.
The track was used in the TV and radio commercials and issued as a
7" flexi disc issued in an album sleeve to dealerships.
Chrysler campaign was launched on 16 October 1977 as 60 second and 30 second commercials
in cinemas, on TV and radio.
& TV ADVERT
/ CAMPAIGN ADVERTS
Petula extended the song into a full length single for commercial release on the CBS label entitled
Put A Little Sunbeam In Your Life that was featured on her 1978 album
Following the release of the full length single on the CBS label on 14
April 1978 the BBC and the ITC refused to play the single saying that "the record could be taken as plug for the Chrysler cars, whose "Sunbeam" advertising jingle is also sung by Petula". A spokesperson for the BBC commented:
"With any song based on a commercial, we always advise that certain keywords are
A new version was recorded by Petula and quickly issued as a single
on 21 April 1978 after Petula went back to the recording studio to replace the offending
Sunbeam with Sunshine. On radio, Petula performed Put
A Little Sunshine In Your Life as part of a mini-concert-set for the
BBC's International Festival Of Light Music recorded at The Royal
Destiny featured the original Sunbeam version. The album
and many of its songs, including Put A Little Sunbeam In Your Life
was performed by Petula on her 1979 BBC TV special Petula ... and
Songs Of Love broadcast by the BBC on 10 February 1979. In 2007,
Zone Records issued a previously unreleased version of Put A Little
Sunbeam In Your Life on the album Don't Cry For Me Argentina -
The CBS Years Volume Two featuring an alternate vocal and
further information on creating the Chrysler TV advert, creative
and co-writer Richard Truman is the author of Mods, Minis, and Madmen
- the entire last half of his book is dedicated to Petula, her music and the commercial director Richard Lester.
Richard's book is available to order from Amazon.co.uk and
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