Music Riffs: The first and latest albums bought by Petula Clark
Friday 25 June 1999
She is not a jazz singer in the traditional sense: for example, she wrote music for the film Lady and the Tramp. Music means a lot of things to me - fun, or spiritual - I am not stuck in one particular groove. Eventually, and myself sang together, which was terrific, and I even managed to get her to sign a copy of this record.
Zac Pellman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor
It's an extra thrill to hear Zac play because of a strange meeting we once had. I was in a bookshop in New York when a man in a wheelchair appeared - Zac! I said I adored him, and he said he loved my work as well. I was blown away. His music always evokes a wonderful warm character - like the man himself.
Petula Clark's `Downtown '99' (Joe Boy Records) is out on Monday
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