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|The Sanford-Townsend Band|
|Origin||Alabama, United States|
|Genres||Pop rock, blue-eyed soul|
The Sanford-Townsend Band featured keyboardists Ed Sanford (from Montgomery, Alabama) and Johnny Townsend (from Tuscaloosa, Alabama), who previously worked together in a Tuscaloosa-based band called Heart (not to be confused with the band of the same name fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson from Seattle/Vancouver).
After reuniting in Los Angeles, Sanford and Townsend signed a publishing deal with Chappell Music and began writing songs, most notably "Peacemaker" for Loggins and Messina, which was co-written by Sanford and Townsend with Kenny Loggins.
Their 1976 self-titled album started getting attention when "Smoke from a Distant Fire" reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in Cash Box, recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. The album was retitled with the name of the hit song and re-released. The band supported the song by opening for Fleetwood Mac on their Rumours tour, as well as concerts with The Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Buffett, Foreigner, Heart and others.
Former lead guitarist Roger Johnson currently works with his wife in publishing, following 25 years working in the film industry as a video technician and editor subsequent to his time in the Sanford-Townsend Band.
In 2008, John Townsend formed the Toler/Townsend Band with Dan Toler. Townsend's tenor voice remains substantially unchanged from thirty years prior.
Principal band members
- John Wayne Townsend: lead vocals, keyboards
- Ed Sanford: keyboards, vocals
- Roger Johnson: lead guitar, backing vocals
- Otis Hale: guitar, woodwinds, backing vocals
- Jerry Rightmer: bass, backing vocals
- Jim Varley: drums
- Sanford Townsend Band (1976)
- Smoke from a Distant Fire (1977) US #57
- Duo-Glide (1978) US #92
- Nail Me To The Wall (1979)
|1977||"Shake It to the Right"||-||-|
|"Smoke from a Distant Fire"||9||44|
|1978||"Eye of My Storm (Oh Woman)"||-||-|
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