Round Every Corner

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"Round Every Corner"
Single by Petula Clark
B-side Two Rivers (originally a non-LP track, later released on I Couldn't Live Without Your Love)
Released July 1965
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1965
Genre British Invasion, Pop, Vocal
Length 2:36
Label Warner Bros. WB 5661 (US)
Pye 7N 15945 (UK)
Vogue DV 14415 (GER)
Vogue STU 4513 (DEN)
Writer(s) Tony Hatch
Producer(s) Tony Hatch
Petula Clark singles chronology
"You'd Better Come Home"
(1965)
"Round Every Corner"
(1965)
"You're The One"
(UK 1965)
"My Love"
(U.S. 1965)

"Round Every Corner", with words and music by Tony Hatch, is a single release by Petula Clark recorded in July 1965 at the Pye Studios in Marble Arch. The personnel on the session, produced by Hatch, included guitarist Big Jim Sullivan.

Described by Clark herself as "an anti-protest song", "Round Every Corner" employs the musical structure of a children's singing game to present its message of optimism.

Clark recorded versions of "Round Every Corner" in French: "Va Toujours Plus Loin" ("Always go farther") and Italian: "Gocce di mare" ("Drops in the ocean"). Although Clark had been recording successfully in German regularly since 1962, no German version of "Round Every Corner" was recorded by herself. Instead, Israeli-born singer and actress Carmela Corren recorded the song in German as "Heut' oder morgen" ("Today Or Tomorrow").

The previous Petula Clark single "You'd Better Come Home" had evinced a sharp decline in the chart fortunes established by her breakout hit "Downtown". "Round Every Corner" would virtually duplicate the precedent single's chart placings in both the US, where "You'd Better Come Home" and "Round Every Corner" respectively peaked at #22 and #21, and in the UK. The UK fall-off was more severe - the respective peaks being #44 and #43 - suggesting a brief presence for Clark at the forefront of the '60s Britpop scene, particularly as the follow-up to "Downtown": "I Know a Place", had - despite reaching #3 US - only been a moderate UK hit (#17).

Clark's next UK single "You're the One" would boost her UK chart profile considerably with a #23 peak but it would be the subsequent "My Love" - ironically a record the singer disliked - which would consolidate the stardom augured for Clark by "Downtown".

The 1967 album release Pet Project by the Bob Florence Big Band features an instrumental version of "Round Every Corner", the album being devoted to songs associated with Petula Clark.

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