Passings: British Singer/Songwriter Peter Sarstedt (1941 - 2017)

by VVN Music

Peter Sarstedt, a British singer/songwriter who peaked briefly in 1969 with Where Do You Go To (My Lovely), died on Sunday (January 8) after a six year battle with the rare neurological disease Progressive Supranuclear Palsey. He was 75.

Sarstedt was born in Delhi, India to civil servants of the British government. While both of his parents were classically trained musicians, he and his siblings took a more pop route once the family returned to Britain in 1954. His older brother, Richard, became known as Eden Kane who had five top ten British hits including the 1961 number 1 Well I Ask You. His younger brother, Clive Sarstedt, had a number 3 hit in 1976 as Robin Sarstedt with My Resistance is Low.

As for Peter, his musical career peaked in 1969 with Where Do You Go To (My Lovely), the story a woman who grew up on poverty that suddenly found herself part of the jet set. The single hit number one in fourteen countries including both Britain and Australia where it was number 1 for four weeks, and went on to win the Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.  In the U.S, it was Sarstedt's highest charting, reaching number 70.

Peter had one more hit later in 1969 with Frozen Orange Juice, reaching number 10, but it was his last charting record. He also released over a dozen albums, the last of which was 2013's Restless Heart which was recorded after Sarstedt's 2010 retirement due to his condition.

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