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Petula Clark Touches Harry Belafonte's Arm

When Petula Clark touched Harry Belafonte's arm, they made TV history - it was the first time a white woman had touched a black man on US television.

In 1968 Harry Belafonte and Petula Clark sang together her song On the Path of Glory for a special for NBC. Not such a remarkable event in itself, but Petula touched Harry's forearm during the duet and made TV history. It was the first time a white woman had touched a black man on US television. The sponsor insisted the touch be cut from the programme, the programme makers refused.

Listen to the producer of the programme, Steve Binder.

Picture: Harry Belafonte, Credit: Alan Meek/Express/Getty Images

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Fri 9 Apr 2010 10:50GMT

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