I am absolutely astonished, and I owe the lady a big, BIG apology!
A few months ago, feelings were running high in parts of Italy when they were about to re-open the enquiry into Luigi Tenco's death. I, along with around 250,000 others who campaigned for this, have never believed that Tenco killed himself. The sideboard incident, for instance.
Pet Clark had recently received some stick--not least of all from me--for her poor interpretations of Tenco and another Italian icon, Sergio Endrigo. Then she went on Patrick Sebastien's French television show and murdered 'Downtown', receiving so many complaints that the next time she sang it, she mimed to the 1965 recording!
I guess we all have our off-days. Not so long ago, Pet turned eighty, and I joked last week that if you really wanted to punish your enemies, get them to watch her on Jools Holland on New Year's Eve. We watched her, and she was AMAAAAAAAAAzing! Her voice is strong, her charisma is still very much in evidence. Close up, she does look like a little old lady. BUT, she was ten times better than anyone else on the show: Bobby Womack, who sounded like he was honking up twenty pints of Guinness into a rusty tin bucket. And who had the brilliant idea of bringing back Adam Ant from the dead? As for that blonde-haired woman with the key-legs, and the Scandinavian clowns dressed in Marx Brothers suits--I would rather not go there!
Pet Clark has a new album out soon. Hypocrite that I am, I am going to buy it. Okay, so I'll let you into a little secret--I already have many of the others. It was just the Tenco and Endrigo thing. This lady has more talent in her little finger than most of the others have in their plastic bodies.