REVIEW: Petula at Harold's Club (Reno, NV)
December 28, 1966
For her first encore trek to Harold's (she initialed here in November, 1965,) Petula Clark demonstrates much Americanization has been absorbed in the interim -- and it is all used to plus advantages as she tees this month-long playback. Debut in Harold's intimate Fun Room last year was her first US nitery date, and an auspicious one. Current stanza portends the same: full and enthusiastic houses. The year past has given her generous exposure among the Yankees -- disks. videos, niteries -- and she's more acquainted with this side of the Atlantic, as evidenced in her chatter and voiced affection for her coast-to-coast endorsements.
That tousled coiff, the freshly scrubbed countenance, the at-ease demeanor -- all land her a distinction that has made her the darling of the adult cafe set as well as of the teens who've established her as a big-selling wax artist. Gowned in pink and chirping through a diamond-studded mike, she creates tenor of what's to come with "Put On a Happy Face." Her 45 minutes of songmanship is happy-bent, albeit she intersperses titles of sorrow and lament with the rock -n- roll themes. Gesticulations are reserved to interpret the lyric, and she is fully conscious of mood creativity -- whatever the lines suggest.