Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?: PETER SARSTEDT

Australian singles charts:
Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? entered the Kent charts on 15 March 1969 and went all the way to #1. It was #10 on the Top 100 of 1969.

Peter Sarstedt

Ray Singer

Record label of Australian release:
United Artists

Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who grows up on the poverty-stricken backstreets of Naples, becomes a member of the jet set, and goes on to live in Paris. The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close. The rhetorical question of the title suggests that her glamorous lifestyle might not have brought Marie-Claire happiness or contentment.
A theory about actress Sophia Loren being an inspiration for the song was denied by Sarstedt.
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Among the personalities this song references is Zizi Jeanmarie, a French ballerina who in the 1950s was reckoned to be the best dancer of her generation. It also refers to the Aga Khan, a wealthy Islamic leader who married the English fashion model Sarah Croker-Poole in 1969. The names of Marlene Dietrich, Picasso, Sacha Distel and The Rolling Stones are also mentioned.
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