Peter Sando Bio

Singer/Songwriter, Peter Sando emerged in the late 60's from the band Gandalf, formerly the Rahgoos prior to the LP release, appearing at various New York clubs such as "The Phone Booth", Scott Muni's "Rolling Stone", "The Electric Circus", Murray the K's "World", and the legendary "Night Owl Cafe" in Greenwich Village. It was there that he met songwriters Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon ("Happy Together", "She'd Rather Be With Me") who brought the band to the attention of record producers Koppelman & Rubin. K&R signed the band and immediately started work on the GANDALF album which was released on the Capitol label in 1969, with two songs penned by Peter. "Can You Travel in the Dark Alone" was a favorite of the late Allison Steele, "The Nightbird", on WNEW-FM New York, who would introduce it with a lengthy dose of her inimitable psychedelic poetry.  Unfortunately, the band broke up in 1968 before the original LP was released. At that time Peter again teamed up with Bonner and Gordon to sing lead on two singles including their "Dance at St. Francis" as the Barracuda on RCA which charted briefly in 1968.

Four original songs were recorded at Brooks Arthur's 914 Studios in 1971, but lay unreleased until now. Several publishing deals in Nashville and New York would not yield another record, and his self-produced work, "Sandcastles" (1981), remains unheard. But Peter's passion for music and songwriting did not falter and he continues to write and perform his songs throughout the New York/New Jersey area folk circuit.

"Creatures of Habit", the first solo CD by  Peter Sando was released in 1999 on High Point Records. Comprised of all original material, it featured JOHN BROWN, ode to the militant abolitionist who sparked the Civil War, and DESERT FLOWER, which Peter describes as a "Native American lullaby."

The Gandalf LP, after having been bootlegged several times (including a picture disc and a blue vinyl version) was legitimately re-issued on CD by the UK based See For Miles label in 1991, and more recently, in the USA on the highly rated Sundazed. This definitive release includes an 8 page booklet with new photos and liner notes by Mike Stax.

Three of Peter's songs, co-written with composer Joe Delia, appear in the 1999 Trimark film "Time Served" with Louise Fletcher and Katherine Oxenberg.

A new CD, Gandalf 2, consisting of rare outtakes, unreleased demos including the "914 Tracks", and live recordings from Peter's personal archives circa 1967-1973 is now available on Sundazed on CD and deluxe Smokey Topaz colored vinyl LP.

And in 2011 we have the new CD, Afraid Of The Dark, featuring "Sally Hemings," which examines the affair between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress. Click on HAPPENINGS for current info on Peter's live appearances.

Disc/Filmography

LP 33 RPM:

• Gandalf (Capitol ST-121) 1969 [rainbow label]  Promos were designated by a 'FREE' perforation at the top right corner of the cover.
"Rock a Delics" by Various Artists (Capitol ST21280) 1971 includes "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone"
• Gandalf (Amos, Europe) (bootleg)
• Gandalf (EMI/Scorpio)  (bootleg?)
• Gandalf (Fantazia, Europe) (bootleg)
• Gandalf (Picture Disc) (Radioactice) (bootleg)
• Gandalf (EMI/Scorpio)  (Blue Vinyl bootleg?)

45 RPM:

The Rahgoos
• Do The Rahgoo / What To Do (Sanders- Unreleased)
• I’ll Always Remember You / I’m Still In Love With You (Sanders- Unreleased)
• A Word on Love / Greetings, This Is Uncle Sam (Lost and Unreleased)

Gandalf
• Golden Earrings / Never Too Far (Capitol P-2400) 1968

The Barracuda
• Dance Of St. Francis / Lady Fingers (RCA 9660) 1969
• Julie (The Song I Sing Is You) / Sleeping Out The Storm (RCA 9743) 1969

Compact Disc:

Gandalf
• Gandalf (See For Miles SEE-326) 1997, (Sundazed SC 6152) 2002
• Gandalf 2 (Sundazed SC 6199) 2007

Gandalf on CD Compilations

• "Psychedelic Frequencies" by Various Artists (Temple TMPCD027) includes "Golden Earrings"
• "Hippy Dip" by Various Artists (EMI CDEM 1623) includes "Hang On To A Dream"
• "Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 9 " by Various Artists (Purple Lantern) includes "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone"
• "Ah Feel Like Ahcid! - 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults" by Various Artists (EMI/Zonophone) 2007 includes "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone"

The Rahgoos
• "Garage Beat '66 Vol. 4" by Various Artists includes "Do The Rahgoo" - 2005

Peter Sando
• Creatures of Habit (High Point HP41004) 1998
• Afraid Of The Dark (High Point HP41005) 2011

Film Song Credits VHS/DVD:

"Time Served" - 1999 
"My Best Friend's Wife" (a/k/a "Grownups")- 2001

"...Oh the years go by and everything changes

          like a train rollin' over the tracks

                  and this old boy's come a mighty long way

                      I can't find a way to go back

                                  can't find a way to go back"

from "Something I Said" by Peter Sando © Sandbag Music 1998


email Peter at: peter@petersando.com