Although most people are familiar with the male acts of popular music’s “British Invasion” of the 1960s (e.g The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Who, The Animals), not very many people – even some who were around then – can name the female British invaders right away. And that’s too bad, because there were some truly talented lasses on the scene in those days: Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Marianne Faithfull and Petula Clark all achieved some degree of notoriety on this side of the Atlantic.
Ms. Clark in particular found success on these shores, racking up many appearances on the go-to TV show for entertainers in those days, The Ed Sullivan Show. However, it is her appearance on the April 17, 1966 episode of Mr. Sullivan’s really big shew that catches our attention. Specifically, that matched set of red convertibles from Pet’s homeland: An Austin-Healey 3000, a Jaguar XK-E Series I, and an Aston Martin DB5. Did Britain’s Board of Trade (as it was known back then) have a hand in the automotive casting for this performance? Probably not, but then again, Aston Martins weren’t exactly dime-a-dozen in 1960s Manhattan. Also, we aren’t sure what’s more impressive: The fact that the Jag was able to move under its own power on cue, or that Petula is still performing and still looks great today at the age of 80!