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"Peter Eardley Sarstedt" (born 10 December 1941 – died 8 January 2017) - British "pop" singer and songwriter, though he performed in the genre of traditional folk music, not as a typical pop artist. He was born in Delhi, India, had six siblings, two of which are musicians Eden Kane and Clive "Robin" Sarstedt. In 1954 his family returned to London, and in 1969 Peter married dentist Anita Atke, who inspired him to create Marie-Clair. Peter Eardley Sarstedt was a hardworking person who performed until his retirement due of illness. He died at the age of 75 on 8 January 2017.

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The One-Hit Wonder "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)", performed in 1969, made him famous all over the world. It was top in the charts in 14 countries. The well written story of Marie-Clair, a low born girl who became a member of the aristocracy, touched the hearts of many people, and was awarded the 1970 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. This song also was used in films Wes Anderson's 2007 film "The Darjeeling Limited", and in Jennifer Saunders' 2016 film "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie".

Peter decided to continue the story of Marie-Clair, and in 1997 he released its sequel "The Last of the Breed". Also, he planned to make the ending to this saga named "Farewell Marie-Claire", but this song was never created because of Peter's poor health.

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Peter's songs:

  • "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" - One-Hit Wonder. That one is his most famous song and it has full version, without being censored. Compare Where do you go to my lovely and Where do you go to my lovely - complete version
  • The Last of the breed - Sequel of "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)". It was in album "England's Lane". The last of the breed
  • "In the Day of My Youth"
  • "I Must Go On"
  • "I Am a Cathedral"
  • "Frozen Orange Juice"
  • "As Though It Were a Movie"
  • "Without Darkness"
  • "You're a Lady"
  • "Every Word You Say"
  • "Tall Tree"
  • "Beirut"
  • "You'll Never Be Alone Again"
  • "Mulberry Dawn"
  • "The Far Pavilions"
  • "Love Among the Ruins"
  • "Other People's Lives"
  • "Hemingway"
  • "Suzanne"

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List of Albums:

  • Peter Sarstedt
  • As Though It Were a Movie
  • England's Lane
  • Every Word You Say Is Written Down
  • Another Day Passes By
  • Worlds Apart Together
  • Tall Tree
  • Ps...
  • Up Date
  • Colors: Asia Minor
  • Never Say Goodbye
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • On Song
  • The Lost Album
  • Highlights – the Demos
  • Restless Heart


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  • Broken Ace: Marie-Claire from "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" is a woman who is beautiful and witty ("You talk like Marlene Dietrich and you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire..."), intelligent and with excellent taste (she's a graduate of the Sorbonne, owns a Picasso, dresses in Balmaine, listens to the Rolling Stones and drinks Napoleonic brandy) has famous friends and is famous in her own right. However the narrator, who is a childhood friend, recalls their shared origins as beggar children in Naples and suggests that beneath her incredibly glamorous life Marie-Claire still bears the scars of life on the streets.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The Hero of the song "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" has feeling for his friend Marie-Clair and he never stops to love her as we can see in the sequel "Last of the breed".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both Marie-Clair and the Hero grew up to a slums on Naples together.
  • One-Word Title:
    • "Beirut", which is also an example of The Place, as it is about the city of Beirut.
    • "Ps..."
    • "Hemingway"
    • "Suzanne"
  • Lonely at the Top: Marie-Clair in the "Last of the breed".
  • The Place: "Beirut", which is also an example of One-Word Title, as it is about the city of Beirut.
  • Rags to Riches: Marie-Clair story is about woman who become a member of European Blue Blood.
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: Marie-Clair has left the Hero of the song for wealth.
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