Peter Sarstedt

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Peter Sarstedt
Birth name Peter Eardley Sarstedt
Born (1941-12-10) 10 December 1941 (age 72)
Origin Delhi, India
Genres Pop, folk
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitarist
Years active 1968–present
Labels United Artists (UK)
World Pacific (US)
Associated acts Eden Kane
Clive Sarstedt
Website www.petersarstedt.com

Peter Eardley Sarstedt[1] (born 10 December 1941) is an Indian-born British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded a number of well-known and successful albums and singles since the 1960s.

Career[edit]

Sarstedt was born in Delhi, India,[2][3][4] where his parents were civil servants in the British administration. He attended Victoria Boys' School in Kurseong, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. His family returned to England in 1954. He is the younger brother of the 1960s pop star Eden Kane, for whom he briefly played bass, and the elder brother of pop singer Clive Sarstedt.[5]

He is best known for his 1969, UK number one hit, "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", a portrait of a poor-born girl who becomes a member of the European jet-set. The song topped the chart in 14 countries.[4] The song was awarded the 1969 Ivor Novello Award (together with David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). Other Sarstedt songs include "Beirut", "Take Off Your Clothes", "I Am a Cathedral" and "Frozen Orange Juice" (UK #10 in 1969).[6]

In the 1980s and 1990s, Sarstedt frequently toured the UK as part of the "Solid Silver '60s" package tours. "Where Do You Go To" was later used in the 2007 Wes Anderson films Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeeling Limited, which sparked new interest in his music. In the '90s and 2000s, he has continued to release new albums and tour. In 1997 he released England's Lane, and in 2002 an album of brand new material called On Song. In 2012, a compilation of songs called Highlights — the Demos was released. [4] Sarstedt's latest album, released Spring 2013 is entitled "Restless Heart" produced by Ray Singer, and the single and accompanying video clip "Valentine" released on Singer Records and distributed by Proper/Finetunes.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "In the Days of My Youth" / "My Monkey Is A Junkie" (Major Minor MM520, 1967) As Peter Lincoln
  • "I Must Go On" / "Mary Jane" (Island WIP-6028, 1/1968)
  • "I Am a Cathedral" / "Blagged" (1968)
  • "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" / "Morning Mountain" (UK #1, US #70) (1969)[7]
  • "Frozen Orange Juice" / "Arethusa Loser" (UK #10, US #116) (1969)[7]
  • "As Though It Were a Movie" / "Take Off Your Clothes" (1969)
  • "Without Darkness" / "Step into the Candlelight" (1969)

Albums[edit]

  • Peter Sarstedt (UK #8) (1969)[7]
  1. "I Am a Cathedral"
  2. "Sons of Cain Are Abel"
  3. "No More Lollipops"
  4. "Stay Within Myself"
  5. "You Are My Life"
  6. "Sayonara"
  7. "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?"
  8. "Blagged!"
  9. "My Daddy Is a Millionaire"
  10. "Once Upon an Everyday"
  11. "Time Was Leading Us Home"
  12. "Many-Coloured, Semi-Precious Plastic Easter Eggs"
  13. "Time, Love, Hope, Life"
  • As Though It Were a Movie (1969)
  1. "Overture"
  2. "As Though It Were a Movie"
  3. "Open a Tin"
  4. "Step Into the Candlelight"
  5. "Take Off Your Clothes"
  6. "Letter to a Friend"
  7. "Overture"
  8. "Boulevard"
  9. "Sunshine is Expensive"
  10. "Artist"
  11. "Friendship Song (Hey, Nena)"
  12. "Juan"
  13. "I'm a Good Boy"
  14. "National Anthem/Doors Close at 10:45 P.M."
  • Every Word You Say Is Written Down (1971)
  1. "Every Word You Say"
  2. "Down on the Flesh"
  3. "You're a Lady"
  4. "Lay Down my Alibi"
  5. "Let the Music Flow"
  6. "Taxi Driver"
  7. "Nexus"
  8. "Mind of Man"
  9. "What Makes One Man Feel"
  10. "Slow"
  11. "Stand Outside Ourselves"
  12. "Politics is Showbusiness"
  13. "Rain"
  • Another Day Passes By (1971)
  • Worlds Apart Together (1973) (credited to "The Sarstedt Brothers")
  • Tall Tree (1975)
  • Ps... (1978)
  • Update (1982)
  • Colors: Asia Minor (1986) (credited to Peter and Clive Sarstedt)
  • Never Say Goodbye (1987)
  • England's Lane (1997)
  • On Song (2006) (credited to Peter Sarstedt with Clive Sarstedt on guitar)
  1. "Scherazade"
  2. "The Silken Thread"
  3. "The Tango Anglais"
  4. "Desperado"
  5. "Save the Rhino"
  6. "Amnesty"
  7. "One Day"
  8. "Strategy Chatterji"
  9. "Chelsea"
  10. "In That Once Tremendous War"
  11. "Memsahib"
  12. "I Set You Free From Loving Me"
  13. "Come On, All You Foreigners"
  • The Lost Album (2008)
  1. "A Way Leading Out"
  2. "I Need Her"
  3. "Rain"
  4. "Margueritte"
  5. "Weaver, Weave Me a Coat"
  6. "Jethro"
  7. "Another Day"
  8. "John Coltrane"
  9. "Plain Chick"
  10. "Muscle Twitch"
  11. "It's a Road"
  12. "Walk Down Real Streets"
  13. "Hollywood Sign"
  14. "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)"
  • "Restless Heart" (2013)
  1. "Valentine"
  2. "Castles in Spain"
  3. "Restless Heart"
  4. "Mulberry Dawn"
  5. "Warm Woman"
  6. "Don't Go To India"
  7. "I Lost My Heart Down The Road"
  8. "Anna"
  9. "We Were Never Happier"
  10. "Bird In A Gilded Cage"
  11. "Noone Breaks This Heart"
  12. "Empty Pages"
  13. "(Seems Like We Only Met)To Say Goodbye"

Siblings[edit]

Peter Sarstedt's brothers are:

  • Richard Graham Sarstedt, who also topped the UK Singles Chart himself in 1961, with "Well I Ask You", under the stage name Eden Kane.
  • Robin Sarstedt (born Clive Robin Sarstedt, 21 January 1944, Ajmer, Rajastan, India, the youngest brother), who made his recording debut as "Wes Sands" (recorded by Joe Meek), and then continued as "Clive Sands". He had a hit in 1976 (as "Robin Sarstedt") with "My Resistance is Low".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for 'where do you go to'". Australasian Performing Right Association. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Peter Sarstedt". 45 rpm UK website. 
  3. ^ "Peter Sarstedt". British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  4. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie; Eder, Bruce. "Biography of Peter Sarstedt". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2008. 
  5. ^ Anon. "Peter Sarsedt Biography". Music Entertainment Network. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ Lyricszoo.com
  7. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 482. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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