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Sandie Shaw now: The barefoot British Eurovision champion | Music | Leisure – NEWPAPER24




Sandie Shaw now: The barefoot British Eurovision champion | Music | Leisure

2021-04-08 23:15:00


Sandie Shaw performs on Eurovision in 1967

Not solely was Sandie Shaw the first-ever British winner of the Eurovision Music Contest, when Puppet On A String topped the UK charts it made her the primary British feminine singer to have three primary data. She was solely 20 on the time and, shockingly, her supervisor was already relating to her as a pop has-been prepared for a TV mild leisure makeover. The Sixties have been a brutal time for teenage feminine singers. Two years later, Lulu would observe her down the Eurovision path at precisely the identical age. No marvel they each have very combined emotions concerning the Contest.

When she was 17, Sandra Ann Goodrich got here second in a expertise contest on the Ilford Palais in Essex and the prize was to look at a London charity contest. Singer Adam Religion, already an enormous star, was there and really useful her to his supervisor Eve Taylor, who repackaged her as Sandie Shaw and acquired her a report deal.

Her second single, a canopy of (There’s) At all times One thing There to Remind Me, was a primary smash, adopted by quantity three hit Woman Do not Come and one other primary, Lengthy Reside Love, in June 1965. 

She additionally launched music throughout Europe, singing in French, Italian, German and Spanish, which might come in useful just a few years later.

Sandie was nonetheless solely 18, however her gamine appears, trademark fringe, barefoot bohemia (truly the results of ‘inherited misshapen toes) and pure fashion made her an prompt “It woman” and vogue icon.

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Sandie Shaw then and now (Picture: GETTY)

Sandie Shaw with Adam Faith in 1964

Sandie Shaw with Adam Religion in 1964 (Picture: GETTY)

Sandie Shaw in 1965 aged 18

Sandie Shaw in 1965 aged 18 (Picture: GETTY)

She was a part of the trendsetting in-crowd in London and was horrified when Taylor introduced up the topic of Eurovision.

Even within the 1960’s, Eurovision was regarded with wariness by critical musicians and Sandie had ambitions to put in writing and produce, and to develop a extra progressive sound.

Nonetheless, her private life had abruptly plunged her into notoriety and she or he was coerced into collaborating.

In 1966, {the teenager} was named within the divorce proceedings of ­tv government Douglas Murdoch and his mannequin spouse Veronica Sands. 

Murdoch produced the music present Prepared Regular Go! on which Sandie usually appeared and his spouse mentioned in courtroom that she had discovered the teenage star at their flat on quite a few events, as soon as sporting solely a nightgown.


This was probably career-ending for a pop princess at the moment and she or he misplaced high-profile promoting endorsements like Lux cleaning soap.