Peter Sarstedt

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Peter Sarstedt
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Sarstedt in 1969
Background information
Birth namePeter Eardley Sarstedt
Also known asPeter Lincoln
Born(1941-12-10)10 December 1941
New Delhi, British India
Origin Croydon, London, England
Died8 January 2017(2017-01-08) (aged 75)
Sussex, England
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter/ musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1967–2010
Labels United Artists
Island Records
Angel Air
Singer Records
Associated acts

Peter Eardley Sarstedt [1] (10 December 1941 – 8 January 2017), briefly billed early in his career as Peter Lincoln, was an English singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He was the brother of musicians Eden Kane and Clive Sarstedt.


Although his music was classified as pop, it generally encompassed ballads derived from traditional folk music rather than traditional rock and roll. He was best known for writing and performing the song "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1969. Set to a "faux European waltz tune" [1] and described as "a romantic novel in song", [2] it won an Ivor Novello Award. The record remained Sarstedt's biggest hit. He had 1 more hit single and 1 hit album but despite numerous releases never had chart success again.

He continued to tour throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, mainly in 1960s revival-type shows, until his retirement in 2010 due to ill health. [3]

Early life

Sarstedt was born in New Delhi in 1941 as one of six siblings to Albert and Coral Sarstedt, who were civil servants in the British administration. [4] [5] [1] Both of his parents were from England and had trained as classical musicians. [6]

Sarstedt attended Victoria Boys' School, a boarding school in Kurseong in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, where his parents worked at a tea plantation. [1] [7] Sarstedt later moved to Calcutta (now Kolkata); seven years after Indian independence from Britain, the family moved to England in 1954, [1] [7] settling in south London just before the rock 'n' roll boom, [1] [8] and the Sarstedt brothers started out performing skiffle [1] in a group known as the Fabulous Five. [9]

Sarstedt was a younger brother of the 1960s pop star Eden Kane, for whom he was backing singer and briefly played bass, and an elder brother of pop singer Robin Sarstedt. [10]


Hit recordings

Sarstedt was best known for his 1969 UK number one single, released on the United Artists label, "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", a portrait of a poor-born girl Marie-Claire who becomes a member of the European jet set. [3] [11] The song topped the chart in 14 countries. [1] It was also awarded the 1970 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. [6] [12] He later cited his first wife, Anita, as the inspiration for the song. [2]

His debut album in 1969 reached number eight on the British charts [9] and his follow-up single, "Frozen Orange Juice", reached number 10 in the UK in 1969. [13] [14] However, subsequent releases failed to chart. Sarstedt recorded songs include "Beirut", "Take Off Your Clothes", and "I Am a Cathedral". [6]

Another selection from the album Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?, from which his single of the same title had been released, was called "Overture." This instrumental, whose music Sarstedt had composed in collaboration with Ian Green and Ray Singer, was later used as the theme music for Keep America Beautiful's famous "Crying Indian" public service announcement, which starred Iron Eyes Cody.[ citation needed ]


In the 1980s and 1990s, Sarstedt frequently toured the southern UK as part of the "Solid Silver '60s" package tours, [15] having returned to England after several years residing in Denmark. [4] [16] In the 1990s and 2000s, he continued to release new albums and tour. In 1997 he released the album England's Lane , which featured the follow-up to "Where Do You Go To", entitled "The Last of the Breed" [17] and in 2007 an album of new material called On Song. [18] He sang harmonies on "Don't Think Twice" and "The Last Thing on My Mind" on Canadian singer Peter Thompson's 2007 album, Taking a Dive (Heart First).

New interest was sparked in his music after "Where Do You Go To" was used in the 2007 Wes Anderson films Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeeling Limited . [3] [1] In 2012 a compilation of songs called Highlights—the Demos was released. [19]

Later recordings and touring

Sarstedt's final album, released in 2013, was titled Restless Heart. [13] It was produced by Ray Singer and the single and accompanying video "Valentine," directed and produced by Lara Singer, was released on Singer Records. [20] A third instalment of "Where Do You Go To", continuing the story of Marie-Clair, to be titled "Farewell Marie-Clair", did not materialize. [21] Sarstedt last performed live in 2010. [22]

Personal life and death

Sarstedt married dentist Anita Atke in 1969 and moved to Denmark. The couple divorced five years later. [2] His second wife was Joanna Meill. From 2013 he lived in a retirement home in Sussex, England. He had progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), diagnosed in 2015, but originally misdiagnosed as dementia in 2013. [22] He died on 8 January 2017 at the age of 75. [3] [23] He is survived by his wife and two adult children. [2]


Sarstedt's brothers are



YearA-sideB-sideLabelUK ChartUS ChartNotes
1967"In the Day of My Youth""My Monkey Is a Junkie" Major Minor MM520----as "Peter Lincoln" [27]
1968"I Must Go On""Mary Jane" Island WIP-6028---- [4] [1]
"I Am a Cathedral""Blagged" United Artists UP 2228---- [4] [1] [6]
1969"Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?""Morning Mountain" United Artists UP 2262
U.S.: World Pacific 77911
170 [28] [4] [29]
"Frozen Orange Juice""Arethusa Loser" United Artists UP 35021
U.S.: World Pacific 77919
10116 [4] [13] [29]
"As Though It Were a Movie""Take Off Your Clothes" United Artists UP 35041---- [4] [30] [6]
1970"Without Darkness""Step into the Candlelight" United Artists UP 35075---- [4]
1971"You're a Lady""Useless" United Artists UP 35301---- [31]
1972"Every Word You Say""What Makes One Man Feel" United Artists UP 35369---- [32]
1973"Chinese Restaurant""Beloved Illusions"Regal Zonophone RZ 3081----Credited to The Sarstedt Brothers
1975"Tall Tree""Mellowed Out" Warner Bros. K 16575---- [31]
1978"Beirut""Hollywood Sign" Ariola/Hansa AHA 517---- [6]
"You'll Never Be Alone Again""Waitress in the Whiskey" Ariola/Hansa AHA 531---- [31]
1979"Mulberry Dawn""I Am No Longer" Ariola/Hansa AHA 537---- [31]
"The Far Pavilions""Juli's Theme"Monarch MON 04---- [31]
1981"English Girls" / "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)""Frozen Orange Juice" Liberty BP 396---- [31]
1982"Love Among the Ruins""Don Quixote"Peach River BBPR 2---- [31]
1984"Other People's Lives""You'll Never Be Alone Again"Audiotrax ATX 4---- [31]
1986"Hemingway""Don Quixote"Filmtrax FRAME 102---- [31]
1987"Suzanne""Stress"Trax PTS 1---- [31]


Sarstedt issued 15 albums in his 50-year-long career. [6] [33] [34]

YearTitleLabel UK Albums Chart Notes
1969Peter Sarstedt United Artists ULP 12198 [29]
As Though It Were a Movie United Artists UAS 29037-- [35]
1971Every Word You Say Is Written Down United Artists UAS 29247--[ citation needed ]
Another Day Passes By Evolution 2022-- [36]
1973Worlds Apart Together EMI SRZA8516--(credited to "The Sarstedt Brothers") [37]
1975Tall Tree Warner K56129-- [38]
1979Ps... Ariola/Hansa AHAL8006-- [39]
1981Up Date Festival Records D 19106-- [40]
1986Colors: Asia Minor Music Maker CMMR923--(credited to Peter and Clive Sarstedt) [41]
1987Never Say GoodbyeTRAX PETER/_IMS/POLYGRAM-- [40]
1997 England's Lane Roundtower Music RTMD89 - BMG-- [42]
2004Singer/Songwriter EMI 5762632-- [43]
2006On SongRMS Studios--(credited to Peter Sarstedt with Clive Sarstedt on guitar) [44]
2008The Lost Album Singer SING 204-- [45]
2012Highlights – the Demos-- [19]
2013Restless Heart Singer -- [6] [46]

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