Sandie Shaw Sings Again!

BATD ON Jul 28, 2010 AT 11:47 am

Sandie Shaw, late Sixties

Three marriages, three number one hit singles, and one cosmetic foot surgery later, the barefoot pop princess of the 1960’s Sandie Shaw will be making her first live musical performance in over 25 years during Vintage at Goodwood, 13-15 August. This 63-year-old singer is making quite the comeback. 

Sandie Shaw posing for Vintage at Goodwood promotion, 2010

Sandie started out as one of the curators for Vintage at Goodwood, but she soon got caught up in the festivities. And now Sandie, along with iconic divas Paloma Faith and Sophie Ellis Bextor, will perform songs sung by men that should’ve been sung by women in a musical set titled ‘Reclaim the Song.’ Theirs is just one of the many performances that will be featured during the brand new pop culture festival, celebrating 50 years of British music, art and fashion. 

One of Sandie’s own songs that she’s looking to reclaim is ‘Puppet on a String.’ She became the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with this song, but truth be told, she didn’t like the tune. That’s why she’s come up with a new version that is soft and sophisticated. But songs aren’t the only thing Sandie is looking to reclaim. 

Sandie said on The One Show she wants to get back her original Brit Girl dress from Geri Halliwell. The iconic dress in question has become synonymous with the Spice Girls singer and no pictures could be found of Sandie wearing the Union Jack print dress in her early career. But just the same, Sandy says it’s hers and she wants it back. 

Sandie Shaw, early Sixties

And then there’s one little title she’d like to reclaim—the Dagenham Diva. 20-year-old Stacey Solomon currently holds the title after becoming one of the X Factor finalists in 2009, but she’s hardly a comparison to Sandie Shaw, who had her first number one single at age 17 and remains to be known as one of the most successful female singers of the 1960’s. 

Sandie was brought up in Dagenham and worked at the infamous Dagenham Ford car plant, which is where women went on strike against sexual discrimination in 1968. The movement forever changed the lives of working women everywhere in the UK, and the story has been made into a film called ‘Made in Dagenham’—to be released on the 1st of October. Singing the title track of the comedy drama film is none other than Sandie Shaw. 

She set the bar and shook things up in the Sixties, and it looks like she’s back to do it again.

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