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(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
by Sandie Shaw
I really liked Sandie as a singer, but not in any other way as I recall. I thought she looked 'unusual' (probably less so than Cilla Black and Lulu, but still a little incongruous to my ten-year-old immature eyes). The performance thing also puzzled me, I think - appearances on the television with no shoes (not sure if this also applied to 'live' concerts in the day). I did notice that her much later TV show guestings on which she sang a number were fulfilled WITH footwear - so, a gimmick?

Otherwise known as Sandra Goodrich, she certainly got kudos for winning Eurovision, that's for sure, and she was kind of a female hero after achieving that with "Puppet on a String" in 1967. A real pity her mainstream career seemed to have faded away by the beginning of the 1970s.

Sandie Shaw:
:: After leaving school she worked at the nearby Ford Dagenham car factory, and did some part-time modelling before coming second as a singer in a local talent contest. This led to her being spotted by singer Adam Faith and then taken on by his manager Eve Taylor. ...
:: Although success in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Puppet on a String" in 1967 brought her great publicity and good earnings, she actually despised the song, and performed it as little as possible after its heyday in the Euro-limelight. ...
:: When her star faded at the end of the Sixties, she adapted herself well to pursuits outside the music business. She variously became a writer and actress, and even worked as a waitress during a period of financial hardship in the Seventies. (In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she once said: "That was difficult but exciting, a bit like growing up again, in a different way. I'd become a Buddhist, and you learn to take responsibility for where you're at. It was the right thing for me, to start from scratch and rebuild myself.")

In #1964 :
:: The bendable "boys' doll" called 'GI Joe' ('Action Man' in the UK) was created on February 9th this year. It was 12" high, had fully bending and rotating joints, and was always referred to as an "action figure", and never a "doll", due to the stigma of male children playing with such a toy. ...
:: On April 10th 1964, the Polo Grounds (the third incarnation of the set of stadiums which existed in Upper Manhattan, New York, as homes for the sports of baseball and 'gridiron' American football) were demolished and eventually replaced by a public housing complex. (Other sports which also used the Grounds professionally over time included polo obviously, as well as boxing, Association football and Gaelic football.) ...
:: President Lyndon B Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law on September 3rd, protecting some 9.1 million acres of federal land from development. (Once a wilderness area was adopted, only Congress could alter its protection status and boundary.)

US: No. 52 - UK: No. 1 (also topped the charts in Canada and South Africa)
1964 - Pye - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 20th November 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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