The Sanford-Townsend Band were a successful rock 'n roll band in the United States, who scored a hit single in 1977 with "Smoke from a Distant Fire".
They were a blue-eyed soul group featuring keyboardists Ed Sanford and John Townsend, who previously worked together in a band called Heart from Alabama. After reuniting in Los Angeles, Sanford and Townsend signed a publishing deal with Chappell Music and began writing songs, most notably "Peacemaker" for Loggins and Messina and "I Keep Forgetting" with Michael McDonald.
Their 1976 self-titled album started getting attention when "Smoke from a Distant Fire" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in Cash Box. The album was re-released using the song title as its own. The band supported the song by opening for Fleetwood Mac on their Rumours Tour, as well as concerts with the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels,Foreigner, Heart and a host of other top acts of the day.