Song:Girl Don't Come
Album:Long Live Love
Pop singer Sandie Shaw had success in her native England in the mid-60s. She never attained the same success in North America and then she retired in the 70s. She was born Sandra Ann Goodrich Feb. 26, 1947 in Dagenham, Essex, England. After graduating high school, she worked in the local Ford plant and modeled part time. A second place in a local talent contest got her a trip to a charity concert in London. Pop singer Adam Faith spotted her and took her to his manager Eve Taylor. Pye Records signed her up and gave her the name Sandie Shaw. They paired her with songwriter Chris Andrews who had written hits for Faith. He wrote most of her songs. But her first number one hit was a cover of the Burt Bacharach Hal David song Always Something To Remind Me which was a hit in the US for Lou Johnson. The next single was I'd Be Far Better Off Without You with Girl Don't Come on the B side. Apparently Sandie didn't like Girl Don't Come. But Eve convinced her to record it anyway. When Sandie performed both songs on TV, fans and DJs preferred Girl Don't Come. It reached #3 on the British singles chart and it became Sandie's signature song. Sandie's other number one hits were Long Live Love in 1966 and Puppet On A String in 1967. She was also successful in other European countries by recording her hits in several languages. This was common practice back then. After Puppet On A String won the Eurovision Song Contest and was a big hit all across Europe, Sandie faded and Eve turned her into a cabaret performer. Sandie retired from music when her Pye contract ended in 1972. You can get all her hits on this comp. Sandie concentrated on writing and acting. She returned to music in the 80s and then again in 2010. So she's still active but not like her heyday in the 60s. Here's Sandie Shaw performing Girl Don't Come on Ready Steady Go 1964.