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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:02 PM

Alexandra Elene Maclean "Sandy" Denny

It seems I've missed the birthday of one of my favorite singers.

(6 January 1947 21 April 1978) was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described by Allmusic's Richie Unterberger as "the pre-eminent British folk rock singer".

After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album surfaced over thirty years later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for "The Battle of Evermore" on Led Zeppelin IV (1971).

Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain's finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs and Cat Power.


My personal favorite:

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Reply Alexandra Elene Maclean "Sandy" Denny (Original post)
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 OP
MotherPetrie Feb 2013 #1
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #5
HooptieWagon Feb 2013 #2
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #6
Hoyt Feb 2013 #3
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #4
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #7
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #8
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #11
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #12
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #13
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #14
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #15
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #16
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2013 #9
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #10
seabeyond Feb 2013 #17
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #18

Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:07 PM

1. Thank you... fan here too

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:40 PM

5. Thanks for that

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:15 PM

2. Yes, what a beautiful voice.

Fan of Sandy Denny here also.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:41 PM

6. A truly amazing voice

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:24 PM

3. Love Fairport Convention and Fotheringhay. Still have original vinyl albums.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:39 PM

4. Cool



How ya doin'?

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:00 PM

7. She was the voice in the Battle for Evermore?"




Thank you for this . It reminds me of the time I discovering "Joy of Cooking" through a friend

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:11 PM

8. Since you might be in the mood...

...for trivia, does the name Merry Clayton mean anything to you?

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:00 PM

11. I cheated

'Gimme Shelter'by the Rolling Stones-- although in all honestly that is something I did know at one time----

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:05 PM

12. So you read the wiki article on her? n/t

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:36 PM

13. Exactly

I used to hang out around wiki more than I do now.I'm curious as a cat. My problem is, is some facts, without reinforcement just fade away.

These threads are good reminders of how fun and interesting Wiki can be.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:53 PM

14. Try this on:

Probably an exaggeration but weird all the same:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimme_Shelter


At about 2:59 into the song, Clayton's voice cracks twice from the strain of her powerful singing; once during the second refrain, on the word "shot" from the last line, and then again during the first line of the third and final refrain, on the word "murder", after which Jagger can be heard saying "Whoo!" in response to Clayton's emotional delivery. She suffered a miscarriage upon returning home, attributed by some sources to the strain involved in reaching the highest notes.


Give a listen if you care to:

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:05 AM

15. The video alone was worth it

I was a child in the sixties, but that period of time has always strongly resonated with me.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:13 AM

16. Yeah, me too.

Well then:



Philip Wallach Blondheim (January 10, 1939 August 18, 2012)

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:41 PM

9. thanks for posting this

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:45 PM

10. :) you're welcome n/t

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:04 AM

17. loved it. thanks. that is so much fun. playing music down the thread,

while reading du....

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:48 PM

18. You're very welcome

I have an interest in folk tales and music from Southern Scotland where this ballad is set.

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