THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
910-Peter Sarstedt-Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?
1969-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 2.31.First of all lets get the important bit out of the way,The ‘Topless Swimsuit,’ consisting of only a brief, close fitting bottom, and two thin straps, was conceived by the Austrian fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, in 1964.
Peter Sarstedt was born 10th December, 1941, in Delhi, British India, but moved to the UK with his family in 1954, he died of a degenerative brain disease in 2017.
Sarstedt was the brother of teen idol, Eden Kane (see also best songs 997,) who had a UK Number 1 in 1961, with ‘Well I Ask You,’ Another brother, Robin Sarstedt also charted in the UK with his cover of the Hoagy Carmichael song,’My Resistance Is Low,’ which reached Number three in 1976. This makes the brothers the only three siblings to have had solo hits in UK chart history.
‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?’ is a song about a fictional girl called Marie-Claire who grew up in the poverty stricken back streets of Naples, who becomes a member of the ‘Jet Set,’ and goes to live in Paris. Sarstedt has said that the song is not about one particular person, but was inspired by his future wife, Anita Atke.
In 1997 Sarstedt wrote a sequel to the song called, ‘Last of the Breed,’ this song can be found on his Album ‘England’s Lane.’There were plans for a third and final instalment, but because of ill health, Starstedt never got around to completing it.
‘He sent you a racehorse for Christmas, and you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, ha ha.’