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Cover Story – Sandie Shaw

Back in 1969 Sandie Shaw, born Sandra Ann Goodrich, decided to abandon her “pop” past and take strides into the evolving seemingly more credible “rock” market.

The album was somewhat appropriately called “Reviewing The Situation” and was Shaw’s first time producing an album herself.

As such she chose to cover songs made popular by more alternative artists who she felt had had a big impact on the music of the 1960s.

Tracklisting and song information

# Song title Songwriter/composer Length
1 Reviewing the Situation Lionel Bart 3:33
2 Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan 3:53
3 Mama Roux Creux, Jessie Hill 3:22
4 Sun in My Eyes Gibb 2:48
5 Walking the Dog Rufus Thomas 3:47
6 Love Me Do Lennon/McCartney 2:32
7 Oh Gosh Donovan 1:46
8 Your Time Is Gonna Come John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page 3:35
9 Coconut Grove John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky 2:26
10 Sympathy for the Devil Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 5:47
11 Frank Mills [*] Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni 1:52
12 Junk [*] Paul McCartney 2:01

[*] Bonus tracks on 2004 CD re-issue

Her version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Your Time Is Gonna Come” made her the first known artist to cover a song by them.

“Your Time Is Gonna Come” – Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw would next return to the limelight with another cover version in 1984 of The Smiths song “Hand In Glove”

Despite having established themselves as a group, Morrissey and Marr still harboured ambitions that they would be recognised as songwriters by having their songs covered by others.

Their top choice was singer Sandie Shaw, who had scored several hits throughout the 1960s, including “Heaven Knows Im Missing Him Now” from 1969 allter to be adapted as a song title by The Smiths, and who was one of the most prominent British vocalists of her era.

In the summer of 1983, Marr and Morrissey began asking Shaw to cover their song “I Don’t Owe You Anything”, which they had conceived with her in mind to perform. The pair sent Shaw various letters coupled with song demos.

Shaw was sceptical at first; she was discouraged by the negative media attention that accompanied the Smiths song “Reel Around the Fountain”, and when she received a copy of “Hand in Glove” in the mail, she reportedly exclaimed to her husband “he’s started sending me pictures of naked men with their bums showing!”

Shaw was eventually won over by the intervention of Geoff Travis and by Morrissey’s praise of her in the press. In January 1984, NME announced that Shaw and The Smiths would release a collaborative recording of “I Don’t Owe You Anything” as a single on Rough Trade.

In February, Shaw and The Smiths journeyed to Matrix Studios in London, where Shaw recorded three Smiths songs with Marr, Joyce and Rourke.

The version of “Hand in Glove” recorded at Matrix was performed in the key of D minor, while Marr placed the intro riff’s accent on a major scale and Shaw altered some lyrics. Shaw ended up selecting their recording of “Hand in Glove” as the single’s a-side, placing “I Don’t Owe You Anything” as the b-side.

Released as a single in April 1984 solely under Shaw’s name, the recording became Shaw’s first hit in a decade when it reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart.

Marr, Rourke and Joyce backed Shaw on two mimed television performances of the song, first on Channel 4’s Earsay in March 1984, and then on Top of the Pops on 26 April, where the band appeared barefoot in homage to the singer, who did so often in the 1960s.

Sandie will always be one of my earliest musical memories thanks to “Puppet On A String”

To buy the music of Sandie Shaw click HERE

For previous posts on Sandie Shaw click HERE and HERE

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November 22, 2010 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , ,

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