Peter Sarstedt

Peter Sarstedt
Birth name Peter Eardley Sarstedt
Born (1941-12-10) 10 December 1941
Delhi, India
Origin Croydon, London, England
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 1968–2010 (retirement)
Labels United Artists
Associated acts

Peter Eardley Sarstedt[1] (born 10 December 1941), briefly billed early in his career as Peter Lincoln, is a Northern Indian-born British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has recorded a number of successful albums and singles since the 1960s. Although his music is classified as pop, it generally encompasses ballads derived from traditional folk music rather than rock and roll. He is best known for writing and performing the single "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1969 and won an Ivor Novello Award.

Early life

Sarstedt was born in Delhi, India, in what was than part of the British Raj,[2][3][4] in 1941, where his parents, both themselves classical trained musicians, were civil servants in the British administration. He attended Victoria Boys' School in Kurseong, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, where his parents administrated a large tea plantation. His family returned to Britain in 1954, settling in south London just before the rock 'n' roll boom, where the Sarstedt brothers started out performing skiffle music.

He is 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.[5]


Sarstedt is best known for his 1969 UK number-one single "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] It was also awarded the 1970 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[6] Other Sarstedt songs include "Beirut", "Take Off Your Clothes", "I Am a Cathedral" and "Frozen Orange Juice" (UK No. 10 in 1969).[7]

In the 1980s and 1990s, Sarstedt frequently toured the southern UK as part of the "Solid Silver '60s" package tours, having returned to England after several years residing in Denmark. In the 1990s and 2000s, he continued to release new albums and tour. In 1997 he released the album England's Lane and in 2002 an album of new material called On Song. He sang harmonies on "Don't Think Twice" and "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. In 2012, a compilation of songs called Highlights — the Demos was released.[4]

Sarstedt's latest album, released in 2013, is entitled Restless Heart. It was produced by Ray Singer and the single and accompanying video clip "Valentine" was released on Singer Records and distributed by Proper/Finetunes.[8] Sarstedt has not toured since 2010 and has now retired. Sarstedt is married to Jill Wall, as of 2013 he lives in a retirement home in Sussex, England, and suffers from Progressive supranuclear palsy, (PSP), diagnosed in 2015, originally diagnosed as dementia in 2013




  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"
  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."
  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"
  1. "Go Back in Time"
  2. "Rain"
  3. "Another Day"
  4. "Open a Tin"
  5. "Charlie"
  6. "Elizabeth Bay"
  7. "Time,Love, Hope, Life"
  8. "I Am No Longer"
  9. "Fast Women and Slow Horses"
  10. "Found My Love Today"
  11. "Jack and Jill"
  1. "A Way Leading Out"
  2. "Kurseong"
  3. "Mohommedan Girl"
  4. "Here Are in London Town"
  5. "All Together Now"
  6. "The Genuine Romanoff"
  7. "You're Just an Image"
  8. "Searching for the Truth/Love, Love, Love"
  9. "Sea Wall"
  10. "Glory, Glory"
  11. "Catch the Next Train"
  12. "Worlds Apart Together "
  1. "Cruel Sea"
  2. "Pone & Carter"
  3. "Valentine"
  4. "This Place is Corrupt"
  5. "America Baby"
  6. "Kocholine"
  7. "Mellowed Out"
  8. "Tall Tree"
  9. "Employee"
  10. "Don't Bury Your Love"
  11. "Joe Valdez"
  12. "Reincarnation"
  1. "You'll Never Be Alone Again"
  2. "Hollywood Sign"
  3. "Mulberry Dawn"
  4. "Beirut"
  5. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
  6. "I Am No Longer"
  7. "Another Day"
  8. "Muscle Twitch"
  9. "Waitress in the Whiskey"
  10. "St. Louis Blues"
  1. "Where Do You Go My Lovely "
  2. "Frozen Orange Juice"
  3. "Mulberry Dawn"
  4. "I Am a Catherdral"
  5. "Mellowed Out"
  6. "English Girls"
  7. "Eternal Days"
  8. "Take Off Your Clothes"
  9. "Boulevard"
  10. "Tall Tree"
  11. "Southern Belle"
  12. "Beirut"
  1. "Dream Pilot"
  2. "Teradactyl Walk"
  3. "Glider"
  4. "India"
  5. "The River"
  6. "Corigador"
  7. "Vaguely Connected"
  1. "Suzanne"
  2. "Katerina"
  3. "Nothing Personal"
  4. "Friends"
  5. "Roma"
  6. "Hemingway"
  7. "I Camera"
  8. "Don Quixote"
  9. "Stress"
  10. "Why would Anybody"
  1. "England's Lane"
  2. "British Museum"
  3. "You Crazy Fool"
  4. "The Horses"
  5. "Biarritz"
  6. "All Together Now"
  7. "Castles in Spain"
  8. "I Need Her"
  9. "Spanish Made Easy"
  10. "Empty Pages"
  11. "The Last of the Breed"
  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"
  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)"
  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"


Sarstedt's brothers are:

See also


  1. "Search for 'where do you go to'". Australasian Performing Right Association. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007.
  2. "Peter Sarstedt". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. "Peter Sarstedt". British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  4. 1 2 3 Unterberger, Richie; Eder, Bruce. "Biography of Peter Sarstedt". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  5. "Peter Sarsedt Biography". Music Entertainment Network. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  6. "The 15th Ivor Novello Awards". The Ivors. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. "". Lyricszoo. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. "Peter Sarstedt website". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  9. 1 2 3 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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