Downtown — Petula Clark

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Petula Clark’s delightfully crisp diction really stands out on her 1964 Billboard Number One record “Downtown”.

With the possible exception of Julie Andrews…and even then, it’s arguable whose vocals are the crisper…Petula Clark showed the world how to have a Number One record without mumbling and slurring her words, which has been the fashionable vocal style for most of the cool kids pretty much since the dawn of rock…

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