Sandie Shaw. The original Brit Girl. Chiselled cheekbones,sophisticated pop operas, independent girl about town. Otherworldliness, impossible glamour, voice of an angel. Barefaced and Shaw-footed. First number one single at 17 years old. Two more under her belt by the time she was 20. A bevy of hits in UK, Europe, USSR, Canada, North and South America, Japan, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. First to perform behind the Iron Curtain, last to perform in Iran. Loved everywhere by the young at heart.
Welcome to the Sandie Shaw timeline. Here you can go back in time, year by year acompanied by photos and artwork of the era.Enjoy
Started to record in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Has another world-wide No1, "Long Live Love".
Continues performing and recording, collecting accolades and awards, creating waves of excitement wherever she goes. Absorbing other cultural influences and exchanging her own unique and contemporary view of the world. Has an unprecedented runaway win of Europe's Eurovision Song Contest (when it was still an achievement worth having!) with Puppet On A String which gave her another worldwide No 1.
becomes the first British artist to perform behind the Iron Curtain. Filmed in
Conceives ground-breaking 6 part TV series for BBC, "The Sandie Shaw Supplement"™. Still current in film connoisseurs' collections and dreams.
Starts writing again putting songs together that will become the album, Choose Life™. Does waitressing to pay the bills and goes back on the road happily doing sad third rate gigs to fund recording.
Out of the blue Morrissey and Johnny Marr from the seminal Eighties band, The Smiths, write Sandie a fan letter. They tell her she has been influential and inspirational in their work and ask if she would please consider working with them. This resulted in a most genuine cross generational collaboration that took everyone by surprise and brought Sandie once more to the forefront of people’s imagination. They performed barefoot together on stage in the UK and Europe and recorded heartrending interpretations of songs like Hand In Glove, I Don’t Owe You Anything, and Jeane. The single Hand In Glove sold more than 20,000 units in 3 days of release. Just like the Sixties!
2010 - 2015 An incredibly busy 5 years in which Sandie multi tasked: running the Arts Clinic, campaigning for artists in Featured Artists Coalition, inspiring young women and emerging artists, supporting her old school pupils as Patron of Alumni, interspersed with live dates, touring, TV promotion and three new record releases
Asked by Lord March to curate and perform in an all women show at Goodwood covering men’s songs from a female perspective at the inaugural Vintage Festival. Her first live performance in 25 years; Sandie was introduced onto the stage by Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture , Media, Sport and Digital Industries
Approached by the producers of the award winning film, ‘Made In Dagenham’ to sing the theme tune written by David Arnold and Billy Bragg. The film tells the story of the notorious women Ford factory workers strike for equal pay in 1968. With Barbara Castle’s intervention this led to the Equal Pay Act. As a former Ford worker and Dagenham girl this was a perfect match for Sandie.
Sandie is delighted to become Patron of the alumni at her
old school, Robert Clack in Dagenham, a leading light in State school alumni
and in inspirational teaching led by its headmaster, Sir Paul Grant, knighted
for services to education.
Coaxed by Jools Holland to join him and his band, The Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on a year long tour. Sandie had rave reviews everywhere she performed and wowed every audience. The older members were reminded by and the younger members were introduced to her greatness as an artist.
Sandie, now Executive Chair, alongside her Co Chairs Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Ed O’Brien of Radiohead, devotes her time exclusively to building the membership, reputation and influence of The Featured Artist Coalition.
Sandie receives an honorary doctorate for services to music
and entertainment over 50 years from
Her FAC campaigning takes her to conferences all over UK and Europe: including Brussels where she speaks at the EU Parliament on behalf of recording artists, and Westminster where she gave evidence to the Select Committee of Culture, Media and Sport on behalf of recording artists which caused quite a stir in the music industry as no artist had ever spoken out before.
She manages to sneak in a few guest recording, singing “Just Walk In My Shoes” for “Music Of Quality and Distinction Vol 3”, followed up by live promotional stage appearances.
Neil Davidge, Massive Attack’s highly acclaimed producer, invites her to sing and make a video for the album, Riot Pictures.
At long last, the FAC, steered and driven by Sandie achieves
its aim of forming The International Artist Organisation with its 6
The IAO has now been invited to play a major part representing recording artists’ interests in EU Digital Copyright reform.