Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Petula Clark: I turned down Elvis

Petula Clark has revealed Elvis Presley once made a pass at her

Petula Clark has revealed she turned down Elvis Presley.

The Downtown star revealed she met the King of Rock 'n' Roll in the swinging 60s and he made a pass at her and Carpenters star Karen Carpenter.

Petula said of Elvis: "I wouldn't say we were friends, although we did meet a few times. I think he wanted to be more than friends. Well, I know he did.

"He was doing his big comeback in Vegas, so this was late 60s. I was playing Vegas too but had a night off when my friend Karen Carpenter came to see me. We planned this big girly night out and went to see Elvis' show."

The 80-year-old singer recalled how he introduced her and Karen to the crowd, then invited them back to his dressing room.

"He was drop-dead gorgeous, and he was clearly quite impressed with us too. We might have been the two biggest female stars in the world at that time, and it was pretty obvious he had plans for us.

"It was flattering but I shuffled out, dragging Karen behind me, saying we had other things to do.

"He was very amused by that. It was probably the first time anyone had ever turned him down."

:: Petula Clark's new album Lost In You is out now.

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