This Day in Music – Jan 6, 1947 – Sandy Denny was born!

Sandy Denny

Sandy DennyOn this date in 1947 Sandy Denny was born. In my opinion Sandy had one of the best voices ever and a life that was way too short! Some background from Wikipedia:

Alexandra Elene Maclean “Sandy” Denny (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 as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer”.[1]
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.[2] 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.

and the sad part…..

Denny had apparently suffered from substance abuse problems for some time, and by 1977 her addictions were obvious to others.[16] During her pregnancy, she drank and took cocaine.[17] Linda Thompson told The Guardian that shortly after her daughter Georgia’s birth, Denny “was crashing the car and leaving the baby in the pub and all sorts of stuff.”[18] Thompson also noted that the child was born prematurely, yet Denny seemed to have little concern for her new baby.[18]

In late March 1978, while Denny’s husband Trevor Lucas was on one of his “disappearing acts”, on holiday with her parents and baby Georgia in Cornwall, Denny was injured when she fell down a staircase and hit her head on concrete.[17]

 

Following the incident, Denny suffered from intense headaches; a doctor prescribed her the painkiller Distalgesic,[18] a drug known to have fatal side effects when mixed with alcohol.[18] On 1 April, several days after the fall, Denny performed a charity concert at Byfield.[17] On 13 April, concerned with his wife’s erratic behaviour and fearing for his daughter’s safety, Trevor Lucas left the UK and returned to his native Australia with their child, leaving Sandy without telling her.[16][18][19]
On 17 April, Denny collapsed and fell into a coma while at friend Miranda Ward’s home.[17][18] Four days later, she died at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon.[20] Her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain haemorrhage and blunt force trauma to her head.[18] Read more 

Several years ago I made the following video for my cousin Marti Griffin. I think that the final version used another song, but Sandy’s song was my initial inspiration. The pictures include pictures of Marti’s mom and dad, my father and my other uncle, Kenny. The question remains, Who does know where the time goes? Sandy we all wish that today we could have wished you a happy 66th birthday in person!!