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November 14, 2009 Downtown, Popular Culture 2 Comments

45 years years ago, November 1964, Patula Clark released Downtown:


In January 1965 the song made it to #1 in the United States.  This was a time that downtown needed a positive image.

Linger on the sidewalks where the neon signs are pretty

Except that sign laws in many cities made these great signs disappear — they were visual “clutter.”  Very glad to see the projecting blade sign make a return.  Although in St. Louis you must jump through hoops to have one.

This classic song has been covered by many artists, I’m fond of the B-52s version.

– Steve Patterson


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  1. njenney says:

    In the Seinfeld episode “The Bottle Deposit” George looks for clues about a work assignment when Wilhelm mentions the song to him.


  2. mbrewer says:

    Love the blade signs – we are thinking of doing some at the corner of Belt and Pershing in the DeBaliviere Neighborhood.



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