Kiss Me Goodbye (Petula Clark song)

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"Kiss Me Goodbye"
Single by Petula Clark
from the album 'Petula'
A-side Kiss Me Goodbye
B-side I've Got Love Going For Me
Released 1968
Format 7" single
Recorded 1968
Genre Easy Listening
Length 3:59
Label Pye (United Kingdom)
Warner Bros (U.S.)
Writer(s) Les Reed
Barry Mason[1]
Producer(s) Tony Hatch
Petula Clark singles chronology
"The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener"
"Kiss Me Goodbye"
"Don't Give Up"

"Kiss Me Goodbye" is a Les Reed/Barry Mason composition recorded in 1968 by Petula Clark.


After recording the Reed/Mason composition "The Last Waltz" for her 1967 album The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener Clark had rendered that song as "La derniere valse" for release in France to serve as the follow-up to her No. 1 hit "C'est Ma Chanson." The success of "La derniere valse," which reached No. 2 in France in January 1968, encouraged Clark to record an original Reed/Mason composition: "Kiss Me Goodbye" in a session at Pye Studios in Marble Arch produced by Tony Hatch although the arranging/conducting duties were assigned Les Reed who played piano; the track also featured Big Jim Sullivan on guitar. Hatch also produced the B-side: "I've Got Love Going For Me," a composition by Clark herself, with Hatch's assistant Johnny Harris as arranger/conductor.[2]


Released in February 1968, "Kiss Me Goodbye" rose swiftly up the Billboard Hot 100 to enter the Top 20 at No. 16 on the chart dated 23 March 1968 representing a considerable comeback for Clark whose last two U.S. singles had been Top 20 shortfalls. However despite being showcased on Clark's 2 April 1968 Petula NBC-TV special, "Kiss Me Goodbye" would rise no higher than #15 — although the track was ranked as high as No. 12 in Cash Box and No. 10 in Record World) — and would mark Clark's final appearance in the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 where the follow-up "Don't Give Up" would peak at #37. ("Don't Give Up" would peak at respectively No. 27 and No. 23 in Cash Box and Record World: in all three trades it would be Clark's last Top 40 hit.)

In the UK, "Kiss Me Goodbye" just reached the Top 50 dated 9 March 1968, effectively punctuating Clark's British hitmaking career. The track charted in several European territories but despite its pronounced continental flavour "Kiss Me Goodbye" attained a Top 20 European chart placing only in Belgium. In Italy, a version which retained the lyric "kiss me goodbye", but otherwise featured Italian lyrics written by Misselvia, was released as "Kiss Me, Goodbye" and assisted by the Clark's performance on Italian television provided the singer with her final Italian chart entry at #26. Clark similarly also recorded a German-language version of the song which retained the "Kiss Me Goodbye" title with lyrics otherwise rendered by Hans Bradtke; this version reached No. 36 in Germany, Clark's final chart single there (except for the 1988 remix of "Downtown"). Clark also recorded a rendering of "Kiss Me Goodbye" for the French market by lyricist Pierre Delanoë: "Dis-moi au revoir", which failed to chart.

"Kiss Me Goodbye" reached No. 12 in Australia becoming Clark's last Top 20 hit of the 1960s there. The best chart showing for "Kiss Me Goodbye" was in Malaysia at #2.

"Kiss Me Goodbye" was included on the album Petula released September 1968.

Having remade "Kiss Me Goodbye" and several other hits for her 1986 Jango CD Give It a Try, Clark cut the similarly styled This Is My Song Album for the Dutch Dino label in 1988 and that album's version of "Kiss Me Goodbye"1 became a hit in the Netherlands reaching No. 13 that spring remaining the most recent appearance of a first-time release by Clark on a major singles chart until "Downtown" by the Saw Doctors featuring Petula Clark reached No. 2 on the Irish chart in December 2011. (In the autumn of 1988 Clark did have an international hit with "Downtown 88" which was a remix of the original 1964 recording of "Downtown".) [3] [4]

  • 1The track was fully titled "Kiss Me Goodbye 88" referencing the year it was re-recorded.

Chart performance[edit]

#12 #2 (Flemish Region), #13 (Wallonia)
"Kiss Me Goodbye
@#18 (Wallonia)
#10 German

Italian version:
"Kiss Me,

#2 #26
"Kiss Me Goodbye
#50 #15
Easy Listening:


Other versions[edit]

In 1968, Jim Nabors covered "Kiss Me Goodbye" for an album on which it served as title cut. That same year the song was featured on albums by Ray Conniff (Honey), Michele Lee (L. David Sloane), Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (Young Girl) and Inga Sulin (fi) (in Finnish as "Suutele Minua Hyvästiksi") (Niinkuin Jokainen). Also in 1968 Ana Štefok (hr) recorded a Croatian rendering of "Kiss Me Goodbye" entitled "Poljubi me za kraj".

Connie Francis recorded "Kiss Me Goodbye" for her Connie Francis Sings the Songs of Les Reed album which featured Reed as producer and pianist; the album was released in November 1969.[9] Also in 1969 Karel Gott recorded a Czech rendering of "Kiss Me Goodbye" entitled "Zpátky Si Dám Tenhle Film".

Red Hurley and the Nevada had a #1 hit on the Irish charts in 1971 with a remake of "Kiss Me Goodbye": released that October, this version reached #1 on November 18 1971 returning to #1 on December 2 1971. ("Kiss Me Goodbye" by Red Hurley and the Nevada was succeeded at #1 on the Irish charts by another local version of a Top 50 UK hit for Petula Clark, specifically "I Don't Know How to Love Him" by Tina & Real McCoy.)

Bamse remade "Kiss Me Goodbye" for his 1977 album release Din Sang, himself writing lyrics for a Danish rendering entitled "Kys Mig Farvel."

Wendy Van Wanten (nl) had a #4 hit on Belgium's Flemish chart in 1995 with her version of "Kiss Me Goodbye" which retained the English title for a Dutch rendering of the song by lyricist Yvan Brunetti.

The 2007 compilation album Try to Remember by Heidi Brühl features the singer's version of "Kiss Me Goodbye" recorded in 1969 with the Les Humphries (de) Orchestra.


  1. ^ Ascap entry for "Kiss Me Goodbye" ASCAP, Retrieved 28 September 2011
  2. ^ "Discogs entry for "Kiss Me Goodbye"". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "European Record Charts". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Petula Clark Discography". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Petula Clark's Chart Stats". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Top 40 Database entry for "Kiss Me Goodbye"". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top Singles 1968". Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Australian Record Charts". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Connie Francis, Connie Francis Sings the Songs of Les Reed Retrieved 28 September 2011

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