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Having remade "Kiss Me Goodbye" and several other hits for her 1986 Jango CD Give It a Try, Clark cut the similarly styled This Is My Song Album for the Dutch Dino label in 1988 and that album's version of "Kiss Me Goodbye" - entitled "Kiss Me Goodbye 88" - became a hit in the Netherlands reaching #13 that spring remaining the most recent appearance of a first-time release by Clark on a major singles chart until "Downtown" by the Saw Doctors featuring Petula Clark reached #2 on the Irish chart in December 2011.

(In the autumn of 1988 Clark did have an international hit with "Downtown 88" which was a remix of the original 1964 recording of "Downtown".) In 1968, Jim Nabors covered "Kiss Me Goodbye" for an album on which it served as title cut.

In Belgium "Kiss Me Goodbye" almost afforded Clark her final #1 hit on the chart for any major territory, rising as high as #2 on the Flemish hit parade, its ascendancy blocked by another Reed/ Mason number: "Delilah" recorded by Tom Jones leaving "Don't Sleep in the Subway" as Clark's final #1 hit, based on "Don't Sleep in the Subway" having topped the Australian chart.

"Kiss Me Goodbye" also afforded Clark a hit on Belgium's Francophone chart with a #13 peak.

In Malaysia "Kiss Me Goodbye" matched the #2 chart peak it had achieved on the Flemish hit parade.

"Kiss Me Goodbye" was included on the album Petula released September 1968.

Released in February 1968, "Kiss Me Goodbye" rose swiftly up the Billboard Hot 100 to enter the Top 20 at #16 on the chart dated 23 March 1968 representing a considerable comeback for Clark whose last two U. ("Don't Give Up" would peak at respectively #27 and #23 in Cash Box and Record World: in all three trades it would be Clark's last Top 40 hit.) The Billboard magazine review of the single stated: "Miss Clark has another 'This is My Song' in this beautiful ballad, penned, arranged, and conducted by Les Reed.

Exceptional performance is matched by Tony Hatch's production work." Warner Brothers advertised the single in both Billboard and Cash Box with the line "Continuing the industry's most enduring affair of the chart." In the UK, "Kiss Me Goodbye" just reached the Top 50 dated 9 March 1968, effectively punctuating Clark's British hitmaking career.

In Italy, a version which retained the lyric "kiss me goodbye", but otherwise featured Italian lyrics written by Misselvia, was released as "Kiss Me, Goodbye" and assisted by the Clark's performance on Italian television provided the singer with her final Italian chart entry at #26."Kiss Me Goodbye" reached #12 in Australia becoming Clark's last Top 20 hit of the 1960s in that nation.