Peter Sarstedt

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Peter Sarstedt
Birth name Peter Eardley Sarstedt
Also known as Peter Lincoln
Born (1941-12-10)10 December 1941
Delhi, British India
Origin Croydon, London, England
Died 8 January 2017(2017-01-08) (aged 75)
Sussex, England
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter/ musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 1967–2010
Labels United Artists
Island Records
Angel Air
Singer Records
Warner
Associated acts
Website petersarstedt.com

Peter Eardley Sarstedt[1] (10 December 1941 – 8 January 2017), briefly billed early in his career as Peter Lincoln, was a British singer, instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter. He was the brother of musicians Eden Kane and Clive "Robin" 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 single "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1969. Set to a "faux European waltz tune"[2] and described as "a romantic novel in song",[3] it won an Ivor Novello Award. The record remained Sarstedt's biggest hit, despite him releasing numerous successful albums and singles from the late 1960s onwards.

He continued to tour throughout the 1980s, '90s and 2000s, mainly in 1960s revival-type shows, until his retirement in 2010 due to ill health.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sarstedt was born in Delhi, India, in what was then part of the British Raj, as one of six siblings, to Albert and Coral[5][6][2][7] in 1941, where his parents were civil servants in the British administration.[7] Both of his parents had trained as classical musicians.[8] Sarstedt attended Victoria Boys' School, a boarding school in Kurseong in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, where his parents worked in a tea plantation.[7][9] His family returned to the UK in 1954,[7][9] settling in south London just before the rock 'n' roll boom,[7][10] and the Sarstedt brothers started out performing skiffle music.[7]

Sarstedt was a younger brother of the 1960s pop star Eden Kane, for whom he briefly played bass, and an elder brother of pop singer Clive Sarstedt.[11]

Career[edit]

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 who becomes a member of the European jet set.[4][12] The song topped the chart in 14 countries.[2][7] It was also awarded the 1970 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[8][13] He later cited his first wife Anita as the inspiration for the song.[3]

Other Sarstedt songs include "Beirut",[8] "Take Off Your Clothes",[8] "I Am a Cathedral"[8] and "Frozen Orange Juice", which reached No. 10 in the UK in 1969.[14][15]

In the 1980s and 1990s, Sarstedt frequently toured the southern UK as part of the "Solid Silver '60s" package tours,[16] having returned to England after several years residing in Denmark.[5][17] 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"[18] and in 2007 an album of new material called On Song.[19] 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.[4][7] In 2012, a compilation of songs called Highlights – the Demos was released.[20]

Sarstedt's final album, released in 2013, was entitled Restless Heart.[14] It was produced by Ray Singer and the single and accompanying video "Valentine", directed and produced by Lara Singer, was released on Singer Records.[21] A third instalment of "Where Do You Go To", continuing the story of Marie-Clair, to be titled "Farewell Marie-Clair", unfortunately did not materialise.[22] Sarstedt last performed live in 2010.[23]

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1969 he married dentist Anita Atke and moved to Denmark. The couple divorced five years later.[3] Sarstedt's second wife was Jill Wall. 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.[23] He died on 8 January 2017 at the age of 75.[4][24] He is survived by two children.[3]

Siblings[edit]

Sarstedt's brothers are:

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year A-side B-side Label UK Chart US Chart Notes
1967 "In the Day of My Youth" "My Monkey Is a Junkie" Major Minor MM520 -- -- as "Peter Lincoln"[28]
1968 "I Must Go On" "Mary Jane" Island WIP-6028 -- -- [5][7]
"I Am a Cathedral "Blagged" United Artists UP 2228 -- -- [5][7][8]
1969 "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" "Morning Mountain" United Artists UP 2262 1 60 [5][29]
"Frozen Orange Juice" "Arethusa Loser" United Artists UP 35021 10 116 [5][14][29]
"As Though It Were a Movie" "Take Off Your Clothes" United Artists UP 35041 -- -- [5][30][8]
1970 "Without Darkness" "Step into the Candlelight" United Artists UP 35075 -- -- [5]
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]
1975 "Tall Tree" "Mellowed Out" Warner Bros. K 16575 -- -- [31]
1978 "Beirut" "Hollywood Sign" Ariola/Hansa AHA 517 -- -- [8]
"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]

Albums[edit]

Sarstedt issued 15 albums in his 50-year-long career.[8][33][34]

Year Title Label UK Album Chart Notes
1969 Peter Sarstedt United Artists ULP 1219 8 [29]
As Though It Were a Movie United Artists UAS 29037 -- [35]
1971 Every Word You Say Is Written Down United Artists UAS 29247 -- [36]
Another Day Passes By Evolution 2022 -- [37]
1973 Worlds Apart Together EMI SRZA8516 -- (credited to "The Sarstedt Brothers") [38]
1975 Tall Tree Warner K56129 -- [39]
1979 Ps... Ariola/Hansa AHAL8006 -- [40]
1981 Up Date Festival Records D 19106 -- [41]
1986 Colors: Asia Minor Music Maker CMMR923 -- (credited to Peter and Clive Sarstedt)[42]
1987 Never Say Goodbye TRAX PETER/_IMS/POLYGRAM -- [41]
1997 England's Lane Roundtower Music RTMD89 - BMG -- [43]
2004 Singer/Songwriter EMI 5762632 -- [44]
2006 On Song RMS Studios -- (credited to Peter Sarstedt with Clive Sarstedt on guitar)[45]
2008 The Lost Album Singer SING 204 -- [46]
2012 Highlights – the Demos -- [20]
2008 Restless Heart Singer -- [8][47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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