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Thread #80957   Message #1480274
Posted By: Lanfranc
07-May-05 - 07:29 PM
Thread Name: Sandy Denny in the Guardian
Subject: RE: Sandy Denny in the Guardian
Way back then I knew both Sandy and Linda - Linda better than Sandy.

Somewhere I have a reel-to-reel tape of Sandy playing at either Clacton or St Osyth's College Folk Club around 1966. In those days she sang a wide variety of songs - her version of "Coal Tattoo" sticks in my memory. I have also the original demo LP of her recording with the Strawbs (which didn't get a mention in the article), which was my first exposure to "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" and I have sung it ever since. Having that song on the B-side of Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now" must have made her a few bob, as must it's use as the title of one of Judy's albums.

I was sad, but not surprised when she died. She was a good, powerful (but not, IMHO, technically brilliant and sometimes not particularly tonally accurate) singer and a better than competent guitarist, but she lived hard, as the article pointed out. One of her many lovers once made the point that she had an almost male attitude to sex, drugs and booze. Perhaps she was just over-compensating for the "chubby" jibes, although I don't think that many realised this at the time.

Of the two, I always preferred Linda, who has had her problems in the past but is still with us and producing great recordings. It's a shame we lost Sandy (or did she lose us?)