Singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt, known for his 1969 No1 hit, ‘Where Do You Go (My Lovely)’ has passed away aged 75.
Sarstedt’s death was confirmed by his family in a statement yesterday. He had retired from touring in 2010 owing to health issues, and battled progressive supranuclear palsy for a number of years.
Born in Delhi in 1941, when India fell under British rule, Sarstedt was involved in music from an early age. Both his parents were classical musicians, and two of his siblings went on to have careers in the music business. Following the family’s return to the United Kingdom in 1954, the three Sarstedt brothers, as part of The Fabulous Five, were key players in London’s rapidly emerging skiffle scene.
By 1966, Peter Sarstedt had begun to write his own songs, moving away from his brothers work into a folk-pop sound. He released his first, self-titled, album in 1969 which reached #8 in the UK album chart. Over the course of a five decade career, Sarstedt released 14 albums, returning to collaborate with his brothers on several of them.
Sarstedt’s biggest hit, ‘Where Do You Go (My Lovely)’ came from his debut album, spending four weeks at the top of the UK Singles chart, and receiving the Ivor Novello award for Best Song. The success of the song, praised for its rich narrative and plentiful cultural references, led to a sequel in 1997. In more recent years, ‘Where Do You Go (My Lovely)’ was featured in Wes Anderson’s ‘The Darjeeling Limited, and in the 2016, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ film.
Sarstedt released his final album, ‘Restless Heart’ in 2013, having retired from touring a few years previously. He spent the last years of his life in a retirement community in Suffolk.
Peter Sarstedt is survived by his wife, Jill, and both brothers.