Few celebrations of the city's allure and bright lights were as upbeat or successful as Petula Clark's "Downtown," a 1965 chart-topper that broke her in the US after years of stardom in the UK and France. Her producer Tony Hatch had written the song in hope that an American black singer or group would record it. "While I'd been in the States, I'd been greatly inspired by the atmosphere in New York and the life there," he remembered in 'This Is My Song': A Biography of Petula Clark. "I had picked up the word 'Downtown' [in the US]."
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