Tuesday 1 September 2009

Meet Me In Battersea Park

"If you're a Londoner just like me, meet me in Battersea Park. If you are young or you'd like to be, meet me in Battersea Park ..." Over Chelsea Bridge and into Battersea Park. How could you refuse Petula Clark's singing Meet Me In Battersea Park? A number from 1954, written by her dad and Joe Henderson (no, not the Bluenote cat ...). It's easy to forget that by the time of Downtown and Don't Sleep In The Subway Petula was already a seasoned pro, and a generation older than a lot of the Brit girl singers. Nevertheless she trumped everyone at the end of the '60s with her contribution to Michel Legrand's score for The Lady In The Car With Sunglasses And A Gun. Being one of those people that always prefers Petula en francais it's the continental version of the theme song, Je Roule, that gets me going everytime. Wonderful stuff. Did someone mention the Scars or Sebastien Japrisot?

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