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<Archive obituary> Sandy Denny: singing queen of folk-rock
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Michael Rhodes
2003-07-12 02:29:11 UTC
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<Guardian, April 27, 1978>

SANDY DENNY, who has died in a London hospital aged 31, was one of the
most individual and compelling British songwriters and singers of the
last 10 years.

She was in a coma for four days at Atkinson Morley Hospital,
Wimbledon, after falling down stairs at a friend's flat. Sandy, who
died of a brain haemorrhage, was planning to move to America with her
musician husband Trevor Lucas and nine-month old baby Georgia.

She was one of the originators of "folk-rock", a ballad artist of
considerable sensitivity and insight, and a singer who could switch
easily between high amplified rock styles and gentle emotional and
personal solopieces at the piano.

Sandy's career started in typical mid-60s fashion. A student at
Kensington Art College, London, she performed around the folk club
circuit, introducing her own songs alongside traditional material.

She joined a then-struggling band, The Strawbs, with whom she recorded
an album. Then, almost exactly ten years ago, she auditioned for
Fairport Convention confessing after she had got the job that she had
thought they were American.

In 1969 the Fairports reached their peak. By now Sandy was known also
for her songwriting abilities and she seemed set to become a major
artist.

But at the end of 1969, just as the Fairports were becoming
well-known, she left and started a new band Fotheringay with
Australian guitarist Trevor Lucas whom she married three years later.
Fotheringay rarely matched Fairport on stage.

After Fotheringay she went on to make four solo albums which included
highly personal, quietly introspective ballads.

From 1974-6 she rejoined Fairport Convention, which now included her
husband, and their 1975 album Rising For the Moon was an impressive
return to a strong mixture of rock tunes and ballads.

The public were not so impressed and Sandy quit again, returning to
solo work. Her last album Rendezvous came out last year. At her last
London concert her haunting, sensitive voice was as fine as ever.

She may have suffered from the whims of fashion and her own
insecurity, but she had the personality and talent to develop even
further. She'll be sadly missed. -R.D.


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Robin Carmody
2003-07-13 01:37:50 UTC
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Post by Michael Rhodes
<Guardian, April 27, 1978>
SANDY DENNY, who has died in a London hospital aged 31, was one of the
most individual and compelling British songwriters and singers of the
last 10 years.
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Post by Michael Rhodes
She may have suffered from the whims of fashion and her own
insecurity, but she had the personality and talent to develop even
further. She'll be sadly missed. -R.D.
I wonder who "R.D." is?

My guess is Robin Denselow, who was becoming well-known as a serious
pop/rock music critic around the late 70s and would presumably have been
writing for a broadsheet like the Guardian.

RC
Bob Champ
2003-07-13 19:27:09 UTC
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Thanks, Michael

I have several Fairport Convention CDs, and a couple of singers doing
renditions of Denny's beautiful song "Who Knows Where the Time Goes."
She was a real talent, and her early death was a blow.

I still think "Liege and Lief" is the best folk-rock album I ever
heard.

Bob Champ
Post by Michael Rhodes
<Guardian, April 27, 1978>
SANDY DENNY, who has died in a London hospital aged 31, was one of the
most individual and compelling British songwriters and singers of the
last 10 years.
theresa
2003-07-14 15:19:33 UTC
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Post by Bob Champ
Thanks, Michael
I have several Fairport Convention CDs, and a couple of singers doing
renditions of Denny's beautiful song "Who Knows Where the Time Goes."
She was a real talent, and her early death was a blow.
I still think "Liege and Lief" is the best folk-rock album I ever
heard.
Bob Champ
Post by Michael Rhodes
<Guardian, April 27, 1978>
SANDY DENNY, who has died in a London hospital aged 31, was one of the
most individual and compelling British songwriters and singers of the
last 10 years.
If you love Sandy, get her "Gold Dust" CD, her final concert recorded in
November 1977. Stunning, beautiful and sad -- just like the lady
herself.
d***@gmail.com
2020-05-23 20:29:34 UTC
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Mr Champ:

“I still think "Liege and Lief" is the best folk-rock album I ever heard.”

Let’s Meet Out on the Ledge 😉

It is the greatest folk album ever 50 years later
Slugger
2020-05-24 04:45:11 UTC
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“I still think "Liege and Lief" is the best folk-rock album I ever heard.”
Let’s Meet Out on the Ledge 😉
It is the greatest folk album ever 50 years later
Who knows where the time goes?
d***@gmail.com
2020-05-24 08:34:29 UTC
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American folk singer Judy Collins heard a tape of the original demo recording in 1968, and decided to cover the song. She released her recording first as the B-side of her cover of "Both Sides, Now", and then as the title track of her album Who Knows Where the Time Goes, both released in 1968. Hers was the first widely available recording of the song.

In 1968 Denny joined the folk-rock band Fairport Convention. She recorded the song on her second album with the band, the 1969 album Unhalfbricking. This version had more of a rock influence.

"Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" became a signature song for both Denny and Fairport Convention, and has been covered by many artists.

In 2007, the Unhalfbricking version was voted "Favourite Folk Track Of All Time" by listeners of BBC Radio 2.[1]
d***@gmail.com
2020-05-25 23:51:59 UTC
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I hate that Miss Denny died so
long ago and so horribly.

But, selfishly recall that I can
still hear her sing beautifully.

No doubt Miss Denny had
medical issues undiagnosed
and untreated. I wish she had
real help.

💔
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2020-06-01 17:39:17 UTC
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d***@gmail.com
2020-05-24 08:35:31 UTC
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Sandy wrote it; Judy Collins popularized.
d***@gmail.com
2020-05-23 20:13:59 UTC
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Horrible loss

R. I. P.
d***@gmail.com
2020-05-23 20:24:30 UTC
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She died in 1978 from an accidental fall.

I wanted to hear her sing today ....


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2021-09-01 15:42:06 UTC
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Post by Michael Rhodes
<Guardian, April 27, 1978>
SANDY DENNY, who has died in a London hospital aged 31, was one of the
most individual and compelling British songwriters and singers of the
last 10 years.
She was in a coma for four days at Atkinson Morley Hospital,
Wimbledon, after falling down stairs at a friend's flat. Sandy, who
died of a brain haemorrhage, was planning to move to America with her
musician husband Trevor Lucas and nine-month old baby Georgia.
She was one of the originators of "folk-rock", a ballad artist of
considerable sensitivity and insight, and a singer who could switch
easily between high amplified rock styles and gentle emotional and
personal solopieces at the piano.
Sandy's career started in typical mid-60s fashion. A student at
Kensington Art College, London, she performed around the folk club
circuit, introducing her own songs alongside traditional material.
She joined a then-struggling band, The Strawbs, with whom she recorded
an album. Then, almost exactly ten years ago, she auditioned for
Fairport Convention confessing after she had got the job that she had
thought they were American.
In 1969 the Fairports reached their peak. By now Sandy was known also
for her songwriting abilities and she seemed set to become a major
artist.
But at the end of 1969, just as the Fairports were becoming
well-known, she left and started a new band Fotheringay with
Australian guitarist Trevor Lucas whom she married three years later.
Fotheringay rarely matched Fairport on stage.
After Fotheringay she went on to make four solo albums which included
highly personal, quietly introspective ballads.
From 1974-6 she rejoined Fairport Convention, which now included her
husband, and their 1975 album Rising For the Moon was an impressive
return to a strong mixture of rock tunes and ballads.
The public were not so impressed and Sandy quit again, returning to
solo work. Her last album Rendezvous came out last year. At her last
London concert her haunting, sensitive voice was as fine as ever.
She may have suffered from the whims of fashion and her own
insecurity, but she had the personality and talent to develop even
further. She'll be sadly missed. -R.D.
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She threw herself down the fuckin stairs what a way to go

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