Petula Clark

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1982 (The 1983 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Downtown (1964)

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Will Petula Clark be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


13 comments so far (post your own)

"A little known fact about Pet is that, besides being the queen of the universe, she is the unknown mysterious cohesive force that keeps our universe together and prevents it from disintegrating from day to day. "

That quote from another website sums it up.

If 1 song was needed for a time capsule to show future civilizations what the 1960's sound was then "Downtown" would be that song.

If 1 song was enough to induct an artist into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame then "Downtown" would be that song and Petula Clark would be that artist.

The song is still being used for commercials like the new one for Visa and was even on the show "Lost"

She predates rock & roll and she's still going!

Some say her voice is even better now than 40 years ago and she looks better at 74 than a lot of people half her age.

Many here will argue she doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame because a majority of her songs are more of the ballad/cabaret style of performing as opposed to the in your face style of the heavier "rock" acts like Def Leppard, but I think Pet Clark represents a different softer side of the British Invasion that a lot of people (especially today) don't know about. To all who write that Mariah, Celine, Britney et al should be inducted-meet Petula Clark.

Posted by SG on Saturday, 06.9.07 @ 02:09am

I like her oodles her some thing hot her and Peggy lee

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 01.30.10 @ 22:26pm

Back in the day Petula Clark was the major female voice of the whole British Invasion. Downtown, I Know a Place, Don't Sleep in the Subway, My Love,A Sign of the Times, Colour My World -- only Dusty Springfield had a similarly strong portfolio, and she's already in the Hall. With the exception of Patsy Cline (who should at least be in as an influence, Ms Clark is the longest outstanding obvious female snub and should be corrected asap.

Posted by Chris on Saturday, 04.3.10 @ 21:00pm

Pet Clark should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great voice and great songs. Her music and songs always put a smile on me.

Posted by David on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 19:51pm

As an FYI, Petula's first release was in 1949, with a song called "Put Your Shoes On Lucy." So her eligibility would be 1974 (the 1975 ceremony).

But I don't think Petula even wants to be in the RnRHoF. In interviews, she's rather dismissive of the American RnR scene until the time of the Beatles. And her later work is quite Broadway-style oriented. Her '60s work is impeccable, but she'll never get inducted. I prefer "My Love" (although she hated it), and "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love." Still good music.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 21:37pm

I love this lady. Her music is not revolutionary but solid, warm, passionate and tasteful. She deserves to be inducted.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 10:17am

Pet is my favorite female pop singer of the 1960's. Perhaps the hotest female singer in America when she charted with her string of singles from 1965-1968. She is a class act unique unto itself. Worthy of RRHF induction.

Posted by Lee Roschen on Saturday, 01.7.12 @ 12:14pm

She won two grammys for rock and roll songs. She is the very best of the best and no one deserves to be inducted more!

Posted by Deb Hendricks on Tuesday, 03.27.12 @ 19:37pm

I can't see it myself, straight up light pop/

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 09.2.12 @ 16:15pm

I hope she gets in.. Pop is as muck rock,, As what Maddona does ..Petula Clark helped set the stage for many up and comming female singers..She has done it alll way beyond just rock. From her own TV show to films....... Wow it is endless talent.
Let's hope she gets in..A class act can't hurt

Posted by Happy on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 23:43pm

Would actually like to see her get in, but the Hall wouldn't go for it and as Philip already pointed out, I don't think she even wants to.

"Don't Sleep in the Subway" should be inducted in the song project.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 16:04pm

Petula Clark should be in the RRHOF. She was a big influence on later female rock singers. First there was Petula, then Grace Slick and Linda Ronstandt.

Posted by Myrna Mandjikov on Wednesday, 07.8.15 @ 16:48pm

Eligible for induction since 1983. Winner of a Grammy (Downtown), more hits than Dusty Springfield(already a member), Queen of the British invasion: It is a crime that she hasn't even been nominated. Someone needs to put a bug in the ears of the nominating committee!

Posted by Seery Chamberlain on Monday, 02.22.16 @ 08:59am

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