Friday, October 20, 2017

Song of the Day: 'Don't Sleep in the Subway' by Petula Clark

As I've written about before, Petula Clark's "Downtown" was the unwitting theme song to my childhood big-city ambitions. What I don't think I've ever mentioned was the time a bunch of us were arguing in the New York Times newsroom about whose obituary would get better Page 1 placement — Petula’s or Dusty Springfield’s. The general consensus was that Petula was by far the bigger star -- she's been in the business for more than 70 years! -- but that Dusty's legacy is more important. Sadly, Dusty died in 1999 at just 59. But Petula is still going strong at 84!

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