My Love (Petula Clark song)

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"My Love"
Single by Petula Clark
from the album My Love
B-side "Where Am I Going?"
Released December 1965
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1965
Genre British Invasion, Pop, Vocal
Length 2:43
Label Pye 7N 17038 (UK)
Warner Bros. 5684 (US)
Vogue STU 42234 (DEN)
Writer(s) Tony Hatch
Producer(s) Tony Hatch
Petula Clark singles chronology
"Round Every Corner"
(U.S. 1965)
"You're the One"
(UK 1965)
"My Love"
(1965)
"A Sign of the Times"
(1966)

"My Love" is a 1965 single release by Petula Clark which in early 1966 became an international hit, reaching #1 in the US: the track continued Clark's collaboration with songwriter and record producer Tony Hatch.

In November 1965 Tony Hatch, on a flight from London to Los Angeles, was putting the finishing touches on his composition "The Life and Soul of the Party" which he planned to record with Clark in Los Angeles to serve as her next single. In casual conversation with the American sitting next to him Hatch was advised that this song's title would be meaningless to the American public. Hatch then proceeded to write lyrics for a song whose title - "My Love" - could not conceivably present any comprehension issue: the lyrics were completed during the flight and Hatch completed the music soon after landing in Los Angeles.

"My Love" was recorded at Western Studios[1] and featured the backing of the Wrecking Crew.[2] Petula Clark would recall: "We recorded three songs on that session...I liked the two other songs quite a lot, but I really didn't like 'My Love'...I thought it was a bit ordinary. I had got so used to these wonderful songs that Tony had been writing with all these different moods and I thought "My Love" was just a bit flat."[3] Clark would describe her discouraging Warner Bros a&r man Joe Smith from issuing "My Love" as a single: "he's a very small man physically...about the right height for me. I was able to get hold of his lapels, and I said to him, 'Joe, I don't care which [of the three songs] you put out, but just don't put out "My Love". And he said: 'Trust me, baby.'"[3]

Smith did in fact okay the single release of "My Love" which would return Clark to the top of the US charts for the first time since her breakthrough success with "Downtown", as "My Love" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 5 February 1966, making her the first British female to have two US #1 hits.[4] Also a #1 hit in Canada, "My Love" returned Clark to the UK Top Ten for the first time since "Downtown" two years previous with a March 1966 peak of #4. "My Love" became a certified Gold record for US sales of one million units and in the UK the single earned a Silver disc for sales of 200,000 units.

"My Love" also provided Clark with a hit in Australia (#4), New Zealand (#6), Rhodesia (#1) and South Africa (#6) and reached #13 in both the Netherlands and the Dutch speaking region of Belgium. In Germany "My Love" became a hit first in its original English version (#13) and then again when rendered in German as "Verzeih' die dummen Tränen" (Forgive the foolish tears) (#21). Translated recordings by Clark also made "My Love" a hit in France and Italy, respectively as "Mon amour" (#12) and "L'amore e il vento" (Love is the wind) (#24).

Cover versions[edit]

  • The Norwegian rendering "Det er så lett å leve livet" was recorded in 1966 by Vigdis Mostad, also the Swedish rendering "Det är så lätt att leva livet" by Gitte Haenning and the Finnish rendering "Rakkauteni" by Hannele Laaksonen. "Rakkauteni" was also recorded by Laila Kinnunen whose version appears on the 2002 compilation Kadonneet Helmet.
  • Mrs. Miller covered the song in 1966, on her debut album with Capitol Records entitled Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits and is on the 1997 compilation CD of her work released on Capitol's Ultra-Lounge label: Wild, Cool & Swingin', The Artist Collection Vol. 3: Mrs. Miller.
  • John Davidson covered it in 1966 for his album Time of My Life!.
  • The 1967 album release Pet Project by the Bob Florence Big Band features an instrumental version of "My Love", the album being devoted to songs associated with Petula Clark.
  • Sonny James (C&W singer) covered "My Love" in 1970. His version reached No. 1 that May on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart, in the midst of his then-record string of 16-straight No. 1 singles in as many releases.[5] Also in 1970 C&W singer Barbara Fairchild recorded "My Love" for her debut album Someone Special.
  • Nancy Boyd (nl) remade "My Love" for her 1987 album of classic hit songs Let's Hang On credited to Nancy Boyd & Cappello's.
  • Florence Henderson (Actress/singer) performed the song as a serenade on the famous 1969 "Tonight Show" segment in which Tiny Tim married Miss Vicky.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eastwest-studios.com/history
  2. ^ Hal Blaine, David Goggin (1990). Hal Blaine & the Wrecking Crew (1st US ed.). Mixbooks. p. XVII. ISBN 0-918371-01-5. 
  3. ^ a b "Petula Clark". Songfacts.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 192. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 172. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
(Petula Clark version)

February 5, 1966
Succeeded by
"Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie
Preceded by
"The Pool Shark" by Dave Dudley
Billboard Hot Country Singles number one single
(Sonny James version)

May 16, 1970 - May 31, 1970
Succeeded by
"Hello Darlin'" by Conway Twitty