Peter Sarstedt

Peter Sarstedt
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Background information
Birth namePeter Eardley Sarstedt
Also known asPeter Lincoln
Born(1941-12-10)10 December 1941
Delhi, British India
OriginCroydon, London, England
Died8 January 2017(2017-01-08) (aged 75)
Sussex, England
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter/ musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1967–2010
LabelsUnited Artists
Island Records
Angel Air
Singer Records
Associated acts

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 his 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

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]

Other Languages
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Türkçe: Peter Sarstedt
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