Singer Petula Clark poses in New York, January 19, 2012.

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Singer Petula Clark poses in New York, January 19, 2012.
Singer Petula Clark poses in New York, Jan. 19, 2012. When "Downtown" hit the charts in 1964, Clark, already 32 and a mother of two with a successful singing career in France, was thrust into a career-changing maelstrom by a call from the Ed Sullivan show — then the top variety show on US television. 
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