Sandie Shaw now: The barefoot British Eurovision champion who was a star at 17

Not solely was Sandie Shaw the first-ever British winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, when Puppet On A String topped the UK charts it made her the primary British feminine singer ever to have three primary information. She was solely 20 at the time and, shockingly, her supervisor was already relating to her as a pop has-been prepared for a TV mild leisure makeover. The Nineteen Sixties have been a brutal time for teenage feminine singers. Two years later, Lulu would comply with 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 at the Ilford Palais in Essex and the prize was to look at a London charity contest. Singer Adam Faith, already a large star, was there and advisable her to his supervisor Eve Taylor, who repackaged her as Sandie Shaw and bought her a file deal.

Her second single, a cowl of (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me, was a primary smash, adopted by quantity three hit Girl Don’t Come and one other primary, Long Live Love, in June 1965. 

She additionally launched music throughout Europe, singing in French, Italian, German and Spanish, which might turn out to be useful a few years later.

Sandie was nonetheless solely 18, however her gamine appears to be like, trademark fringe, barefoot bohemia (truly the results of ‘inherited misshapen ft) and pure fashion made her an prompt “It lady” and style icon.

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 jot down and produce, and to develop a extra progressive sound.

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

In 1966, {the teenager} was named within the divorce proceedings of ­tv govt Douglas (*17*) and his model spouse Veronica Sands. 

(*17*) produced the music show Ready Steady Go! on which Sandie usually appeared and his spouse mentioned in court docket that she had discovered the teenage star at their flat on quite a few events, as soon as carrying solely a nightgown.


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

Taylor labored with the BBC, who weren’t eager at first, to repackage Sandie as a healthful mild leisure star and she or he turned the face of Eurovision 1967. 

Sandie sang 5 songs on the Rolf Harris TV show and the British public voted on their favorite. Despite Sandie personally considering it was ridiculous, Puppet On A String gained by a landslide and she or he was packed off to compete in Vienna.

On the evening, there was even a mishap along with her microphone at the beginning of the track however the Essex lass defined why she refused to let something, from technical issues to her personal emotions concerning the track, stand in her approach.

If you watch the video, you will notice that the microphone shouldn’t be switched on when she begins singing.

Sandie later mentioned: “I was so centered on delivering one of the best efficiency for the UK that I might have carried on even when the stage collapsed! I was additionally very relaxed with the European viewers as I had already labored there for a few years and I felt everybody’s help and friendship.”

The UK entry obliterated the competitors, pulling in 47 votes to the second-place French and Irish on 20 votes.

Sandie returned a nationwide hero, married clothier Jeff Banks in March 1968 (they’d a daughter, Gracie in 1971) and launched her personal style label.

In the early Seventies, Sandie’s music profession as a pop princess dried up and her file contract expired in 1972. She blamed Puppet On A String: “It ruined me creatively for a whereas. It took away any technique of me putting out and doing something I assumed value doing.”

She deliberate to focus on her household however sadly, cash issues adopted in her marriage: “I did not need to work. I did not need to go away my child. But to be trustworthy, I needed to work as a result of my husband misplaced all our cash.”

Sandie appeared on TV leisure exhibits, and tried her hand at stage appearing with roles as Ophelia in Hamlet and the lead in St Joan. 

Her marriage resulted in 1978 and, broke, she quickly took a job as a waitress.

In 1982, Sandie married Nick Pyke, one of many co-founders of Virgin Records. As nicely as two youngsters, the wedding resulted in a inventive interval when she labored with main stars like Chrissie Hynde and The Smiths. Her model of their track Hand In Glove returned her to the charts in April 1984.

Since then, she has recorded albums and movie soundtrack thems sporadically, at her personal selecting, launched her autobiography The World at My Feet in 1991, and certified as a psychotherapist in 1994.

IN 1995 she married her third husband, psychologist Tony Bedford and so they arrange the Arts Clinic to counsel musicians and performers.

Sandie loved one more renaissance in 2010 when she sang on the soundtrack to the movie Made In Dagenham and went on tour with Jools Holland in 2011.

In 2017 she was awarded an MBE for companies to music. And these well-known ft?

Back in 2007, Sandie revealed that whereas she would by no means have cosmetic surgery, she had had corrective surgical procedure on her ft: “I’ve all the time wished stunning ft. My husband says that, once I was being created, the design crew did a nice job till they bought right down to my ankles.

“I could not put on very nice footwear. And now… they’re pretty. I really like my ft.”

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