Saturday, June 4, 2011

One Hit Wonders # 4 - The Sanford-Townsend Band

Our latest One Hit Womder is an Alabama blue-eyed soul group called The Sanford-Townsend Band. They were formed by two keyboard players, Ed Sanford and Jonny Townsend. Their one hit was "Smoke From A Distant Fire" from their self-titled album and is a fine example of the quality material to come out of the ubiquitous 70's. Several nice touches including the interplay of the guitar and tenor saxophone, and the strong lead vocal work of Townsend. Also notable is the clever bass guitar figure appearing in the song's coda. All in all a truly fun listen that makes one wonder at the band's potential. The song went to #9 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.


  1. Never heard of these guys tell now. I really like the sax/guitar interplay in the video. Thanks for the introduction to this group!

  2. Glad you liked it,Drew...I'm always looking for more good stuff.