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Sandie Shaw

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Dagenham, Essex, UK (1964 – present)

Sandie Shaw (real name Sandra Ann Goodrich) (born February 26, 1947) was the most successful British girl singer of the 1960s. With her hair, slender frame, model cheekbones and outfits, she has been described as the ultimate working-class ‘it’ girl.

Raised in Dagenham, Essex, UK, the Ford plant IBM operator dreamed of becoming a singer. She began her recording career in 1964 at just 17-years-old having been discovered by popular singer Adam Faith.

She was spotted by Adam Faith after she appeared way down on the bill at a concert featuring himself and his group The Roulettes and The Hollies (she had gained a place in the concert having come second in a talent contest). After the show she was taken backstage to meet The Hollies and The Roulettes, and ended up being dragged to Faith’s dressing room to do an impromptu rendition of “Everybody Loves A Lover.” Faith was so impressed that he introduced her to his manager Eve Taylor, a former Variety manager. Within a fortnight the youngster had a record deal with Pye Records and a new stage name. Taylor signed songwriter Chris Andrews to Shaw and he wrote her first single “As Long As You’re Happy Baby.” However it was the second single that was to make her a household name after Eve Taylor discovered “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” on a song-hunting trip to America. The song had been written by legendary songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David and had been a minor US hit for Lou Johnston. Shaw’s version became a massive hit, spending three weeks at Number One in the UK singles chart in the autumn of 1964.

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