Colour My World (Petula Clark song)
"Colour My World" Single by Petula Clark from the album Colour My World (UK)
Color My World/Who Am I (U.S.)
B-side "I'm Begging You (Take Me Home Again)" Released December 1966 Format Vinyl Recorded 1966 Genre Pop/Vocal Length 2:51 Label Pye 7N 17218 (UK)
Warner Bros. 5882 (US)
Vogue DV 14609 (GER)
Vogue STU 44460 (DEN)
Vogue VN 1004 (NOR)
Writer(s) Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent Producer Tony Hatch Petula Clark singles chronology "Who Am I?"
Colour My World
"This Is My Song"
While overall conforming to the hit formula Hatch had come up with for Clark with "Downtown" - and being especially reminiscent of Clark's 1965 #1 hit "My Love - "Colour My World" acknowledged the sound of the later '60s by featuring a riff played on the sitar.
Recorded in New York City, "Colour My World" was rush released in December 1966 in an attempt to counteract the disappointing performance of Clark's preceding single "Who Am I?" which had fallen short of the US Top 20 and more seriously had become the first Petula Clark single since "Downtown" (1964) to not rank in the UK Top 50.
Although it did return Clark to the US Top Twenty with a #16 peak and was also an Australian Top Ten hit, "Colour My World" became the second consecutive Petula Clark single release to fall short of the UK Top 50 with a #52 peak. The album named for this failed UK single: Colour My World (US title even Color My World/Who Am I?) was similarly overlooked upon its January 1967 release. However after a month the original edition of the album was withdrawn in the UK, but later became one of Clark's highest charting UK albums, bolstered by the inclusion of Clark's smash hit "This Is My Song" in the reissued album's revised track listing. This boosted the Colour My World album to a #16 UK chart peak.
Tony Hatch would later produce a recording of "Colour My World" for Two of Each, a group whose lead vocalist Mally Page was the sister of the song's co-writer Jackie Trent to whom Hatch was then married. The Two of Each version of "Colour My World" was issued in January 1970 on a single featuring a version of "Here Comes the Sun" with neither track charting.
A #38 C&W hit for Barbara Fairchild in 1972 as "Color My World", the song was also rendered as an inspirational number by Sierra who included the song - as "Color My World" - on their 1998 Story of Life album.
"Colour My World" has been rendered in Croatian by Višnja Korbar as "Svijet za nas" (The world for us), in French by Renée Martel as "Viens Changer Ma Vie" (Just change my life), in Italian as "Dipingi un mondo per me" (Paint a world for me) by Milva and in Spanish by Gelu as "Pinta mi mundo" (Paint my world).
In 2004 "Colour My World" - referred to as "Color My World" - was utilized as a jingle in US television commercials for M&M's being rendered in various versions including as a languid ballad; the vocal on the last named version was by Reneé Cologne. UK furniture retailer DFS used the Petula Clark version in a UK television commercial campaign run in 2008.
"Colour My World" is featured - with some additional lyrics - in the stage musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert which debuted 6 October 2006. The song appears on the 2007 cast recording performed by Daniel Scott, Tony Sheldon, Jeremy Stanford and the Company.
"Colour My World" was used as the title for a BBC Radio 2 documentary on Tony Hatch broadcast in June 2009.
Petula Clark Version - Charts Australia Canada New Zealand United States #10 #14 #13 #16
(Easy Listening #10)
AlbumsPet Clark · Downtown · I Know a Place · The International Hits · My Love · I Couldn't Live Without Your Love · Color My World/Who Am I · These Are My Songs · The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener · Petula · Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 · Portrait Of Petula · Just Pet · Memphis · Warm and Tender · Now · Give It a Try · Treasures, Volume 1 · Live at the Copacabana · Here for You · Open Your Heart Singles"Downtown" · "I Know a Place" · "You'd Better Come Home" · "Round Every Corner" · "My Love" · "A Sign of the Times" · "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" · "Who Am I" · "Color My World" · "This Is My Song" · "Don't Sleep in the Subway" · "The Cat in the Window (The Bird in the Sky)" · "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener" · "Kiss Me Goodbye" · "Don't Give Up" · "American Boys" · "Happy Heart" · "No One Better Than You" · "Look at Mine" · "The Song of My Life" · "My Guy" · "I Can't Remember (How It Was Before)" · "Gratifaction" · "Silver Spoon" · "Never Been a Horse That Couldn't Be Rode" · "Loving Arms" · "The Old Fashioned Way"
This song, of course, is not to be confused with the 1970s Chicago (band) song from James Pankow's "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" from the 1970 Chicago album "Chicago" (Columbia Records), the more well-known song by that title in the United States of America.
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