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Sandy Dillon


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Raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Sandy Dillon describes her music style as “jazz-punk western blues”.

She began music with piano at the age of six. After studying music at Berkelee College of Music, she relocated to New York and played piano in gay bars and supper clubs. She also portrayed Janis Joplin in a Broadway musical.

She firstly signed with the label Elektra in the early ’90s. Her music was met with resistance from the label. Indeed, her first two albums were unreleased despite the production work of Mick Ronson. The label finally accepted to release her third attempt, Dancing of the Freeway. Elektra dropped her contract shortly after the release.

Sandy Dillon continued to record in her home studio, with the help of her husband and collaborator Steve Bywaters. In 1996, she released a second album, Skating, released on the independant label Bonjour.

Then she released East Overshoe in 2001, just after Bywaters died of a sudden heart attack. After the death of her husband, Dillon was left on her own for the first time in more than a decade. In the summer of 2002, she started to work on a new album. In 2004, Nobody’s Sweetheart is released under the label One Little Indian.

In 2006, Sandi Dillon released Pull the Strings.

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  • pechorkinname

    Я в восторге от её музыки, от её голоса! Это нечто. Настоящий артист.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    so talented

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Kaoru_is_here

    Well, what do you know? She has not one but TWO new albums out right now. Not just "Shipwrecked", but also "Flowers", which apparently is a compilation of the materials from the unreleased 80s albums. I only found out about it through pure chance, though. There's no promotion whatsoever for them, as of this moment Sandy doesn't even have a website of her own! But whatever, I'm glad she's still making music, after all.

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Hvalskards

    uncle_jed, thanks for the link. :) however, it is hard to believe that there are still American artists with a problematic discography like Ms. Dillon's...

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • thetrousers

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • funkcutter

    love you sandy gal! nice to see you on here. for all you sandy dillon enthusiasts listen out for her on this film soundtrack... it hurts. but it's good.

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • uncle_jed

    it is not indie. stop that!

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
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    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • thetrousers

    Sandy has a live version of 'Can't Afford To Lose My Man' on Wears The Trousers magazine's Odetta tribute album – more info here:

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • uncle_jed

    i just found this info... and this one: "TO BUY SKATING, COME TO A LIVE GIG!"

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Hvalskards

    AMG mentions these two albums, apart from the regular Sandy's albums: 'Dancing on the Freeway' and ' Skating'. is it possible to find these two albums anywhere?

    29 Jun 2009 Reply
  • paranoid_panda

    oh yeah and I'd also be interested in the unreleased albums. how can they be forgotten in the unknown!

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • paranoid_panda

    bad luck blues is breathtaking. I heard a good portrait in german radio.. she went through hard stuff it seems. and she's got a good humour. anyway. las vegas is cursed is a great album, apart from that I often think the music is not appropriate for her voice.. like it would have been good if she had worked with more experimental musicians..

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Kaoru_is_here

    The new album is neat, but really not her strongest. But anyway, there are some good things on it, like "Bad Luck Blues".

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • sennisennele

    she has a nice new album out with Ray Majors and David Coulter, called Living Dreams

    7 Aug 2008 Reply
  • LucieAndCo

    Hahaha, what is Helge Schneider doing in the similar artists?

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
  • terribleman

    you can get a fuller biography at

    25 Feb 2007 Reply
  • zed_

    i agree with oruiz hell of a voice :)

    18 Jan 2007 Reply
  • bradley_python

    Her last album sounds so Tom Waits-ish.. Also her biography was kinda hard to find on the internet but I found some stuffs and I wrote something in the wiki, don't hesitate to correct things ;)

    10 Dec 2006 Reply
  • oruiz

    The female version of Tom Waits

    9 Aug 2006 Reply
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