Calgary Herald

Musical tie to bomb upsets Petula Clark


Petula Clark is upset her 1964 hit Downtown was chosen as the countdown anthem to the Nashville explosion on Christmas

Day. Anthony Quinn Warner, the alleged bomber who died in the Tennessee blast, hooked up explosives to a recreation­al vehicle and warned passersby of the explosion, while blasting out Clark's song, written by Tony Hatch. The Second Avenue blast left three people injured and damaged more than 40 businesses. “I love Nashville and its people,” Clark says in a statement. “Why this violent act — leaving behind it such devastatio­n? I was told that the music in the background of that strange announceme­nt — was me — singing Downtown! Of all the thousands of songs — why this one?”

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