A Breath of Fresh Air May 8

Written by on 05/09/2023

A Breath of Fresh Air With Sandy Kaye
Tuesdays 1pm EST
and Fridays 8pm EST

This week:

In 1977, the Sanford-Townsend Band’s “Smoke from a Distant Fire” raced up the charts, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. They seemed to come from out of nowhere, and just as suddenly, they seemed to disappear; the band was never again to have a Top 40 hit. But as my interview with co-founder Johnny Townsend reveals, they had paid their dues for more than a decade before they reached that pinnacle of success in the summer of ’77, and both Townsend and Sanford have been far from inactive since.

The Sanford Townsend Band was an American rock group that formed in 1976. The band consisted of singer and keyboardist Ed Sanford and singer and guitarist John Townsend, who were both previously members of the band, The Heartsfield. The band’s sound was characterized by a mix of rock, pop, and soul influences, and their music often featured complex harmonies and lush instrumentation. In addition to “Smoke from a Distant Fire,” the band had several other minor hits. Despite their early success, the Sanford Townsend Band disbanded in 1980 after the release of their second album, “Nail Me to the Wall.” Following the breakup, both Ed Sanford and John Townsend continued to pursue music careers as solo artists and songwriters. In the years since their breakup, the Sanford Townsend Band has gained a reputation as a cult favourite among fans of 1970s rock music. Their music has been featured in films and television shows, and their legacy continues to influence modern rock acts..




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