Sandie Shaw


Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw, she kicked off her shoes and sang for Adam Faith, who guided her to being one of  the UKs leading female singer 1964-1966

While a part-time model Sandie Shaw came second as a singer in a local talent contest. As a prize, she appeared at a charity concert in London, where her potential was spotted by singer Adam Faith. Sandie was always a fan of Faiths, so she went backstage, kicked off her shoes and sang for him.

Naturally, he was impressed, so he immediately introduced Sandie to his manager, Eve Taylor, who won her a contract with Pye Records in 1964 and gave her the stage name of 'Sandie Shaw'.

Chris Andrews, wrote her first single, "As Long as You're Happy Baby", which didn’t make the charts, but her second single the Bacharach and David song "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me",(which had been a No. 49 US pop hit for singer Lou Johnson) , rose to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in the autumn of 1964. It also charted in the United States at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 early the following year.


"I'd Be Far Better Off Without You" was issued as the follow-up, but its B-side, "Girl Don't Come", also written by Andrews, got more interest and the sides were switched. "Girl Don't Come" reached No. 3 in the UK and became her biggest US hit, reaching No. 42 Further hits followed in the UK including "I'll Stop at Nothing", "Long Live Love", her second UK No. 1 in 1965, and "Message Understood".[ 

Her marriage to fashion designer Jeff Banks and becoming a mother kept sandie out of the limelight foe a while. She bounced back in 

April 1984, her version of "Hand in Glove" (the Smiths' first single) came out and peaked just inside the UK Top 30. She recorded a new version of her first hit "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" for the film Letter to Brezhnev, and then released two singles on the Polydor label. Then 1986 saw her embark on her first university tour in almost 20 years, followed in 1988 by the album "Hello Angel" the name inspired by a postcard from Morrissey. Shaw embarked on two more successful university tours, and made appearances at some Gay Pride and Peace festivals.

Sandie Shaw performing in 2016Sandie Shaw in 2016.

Sandie Shaw appeared at the Sanremo Music Festival 1990, singing "Deep Joy", the English version to Milva's song "Sono Felice". The 1990s saw the release of many compilation albums of Shaw's material on various minor labels, as well as reissues of some of her original albums. Shaw's autobiography, The World at My Feet, was published in 1991, and the following year she began studying at Oxford and the University of London and qualified as a psychotherapist in 1994.

During that time, she recorded new versions of some of her 1960s songs for the album “Nothing Less Than Brilliant”, which came out in 1994. Also, at this time Sandie and met her third husband, Tony Bedford. Concentrating on a new career as a psychotherapist, Shaw opened the Arts Clinic in 1997 with her husband, providing psychological healthcare and creative development to those in the creative industries The clinic is now styled Barefoot Therapy:

Shaw also embarked on a successful legal battle to establish ownership of her entire recording catalogue, and began working with contemporary acts and producers, reworking much of her 1960s and 1980s material. In 2003, She licensed her recording catalogue worldwide to EMI, continued to develop her Arts Clinic, and began extensive coaching and mentoring services. in 2003, actress Ashley Williams portrayed Shaw on an episode of the American television series American Dreams, performing "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" on American Bandstand.

During this time Sandie Shaw reneged on previous declarations of hatred for the Eurovision Song Contest and announced that she was proud of her Eurovision past on the BBC show “Making Your Mind Up”.

On 26 February 2007, in honour of her 60th birthday, Shaw released a new version of "Puppet on a String" on her website. The re-recorded version, called "Puppet's Got a Brand-New String," had a complete overhaul in sound and vocals under the supervision of her friend Howard Jones and mixer Andy Gray

In April 2010, Shaw appeared on the UK ITV television programme Loose Women, and revealed that she was returning to recording and would be singing the theme song to the British film, “Made in Dagenham”.

Sandie Shaw on Vinyl


The Golden Hits of Sandie Shaw

Of the twelve songs featured on this “Golden Hits of Sandie Shaw” album eleven were written by Chris Andrews who was hired as Shaw's songwriter when signed to Pye Records in 1964. The song not written by him is the opener of side one - Shaw's breakthrough single "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," which is by American songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Side 1

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"

"Long Live Love"

"Don't You Know"

"I've Heard About Him"

"I'd Be Far Better Off Without You"

"I'll Stop at Nothing"

Side 2

"How Can You Tell"

"You Can't Blame Him"

"Don't You Count On It"

"Message Understood"

"If Ever You Need Me"

"Girl Don't Come"

Sandie Shaw's Vinyl Collection

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Sandie's Puppet On A String, 1967

Girl Don't Come, 1966

With Jules Holland, live 2011