100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. ‘[There’s] Always Something There To Remind Me’]- Sandie Shaw. Sandy Shaw was born Sandra Ann Goodrich in Dagenham, Essex, England in 1947. ‘[There’s] Always Something There To Remind Me’- was her breakout hit in the United Kingdom in 1947- going to #1 late in 1964. Shaw was seventeen years old at the time. It would be the first of three #1 hits in the UK for Shaw. She put 15 singles into the Top 40 during the 1960’s. Sandie Shaw was one of the most successful female recording artists in the UK in the 1960’s- but never was able to crack the Top 40 in the United States. ‘[There’s] Always Something There To Remind Me’- peaked at #52. Shaw was also a fashion figure in the UK in the 1960’s- having her own fashion label featuring clothes, shoes and jewelry. I noted this in the feature on Tom Jones- ‘It’s Not Unusual’ was written for Sandie Shaw. When she heard the then unknown Tom Jones demo- she dropped plans of recording it and insisted the song go to Jones. Shaw was kind of like Donovan- her chart success except for one hit was contained in the 1960’s. She did have a gap of fifteen years between hits- when she had her final hit in 1984 which is worth noting- a cover of The Smiths great ‘Hand In Glove’ went to #27 in 1984.
‘[There’s] Always Something There To Remind Me’- written by the great songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David- was first recorded as a demo by guess who?- of course Dionne Warwick in 1963. Lou Johnson released it as a single in 1964 and it peaked at #49. The first version I ever heard was of course in 1982 when Naked Eyes took cover to #8 in the Billboard Hot 100. Note- Sandie Shaw was produced by Tony Hatch- who also produced among others Petula Clark.
Single: ‘[There’s] Always Something There To Remind Me’-Sandie Shaw/ Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David/ Record Company- Reprise/ Time: 2:42/ Produced by Tony Hatch /Recorded 1964, Released September 1964/ Peaked at #52 in US Billboard Hot 100 -#1 in UK.
Sandie Shaw has such a wonderful voice. Ever heard “Puppet On A String”? It won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967.
There were a lot- a LOT-of really young artists who hit it big in their teens in Britain in the 60s- her, Donovan, Helen Shapiro, (can I hear the American readers go ‘who?’) Peter Noone AKA Herman, Steve Winwood. In the US, hmm, Stevie Wonder, Alex Chilton, Cher… there must be more.
The name Helen Shapiro is familiar to me- through her association with the early Beatles.
She was big in the UK and Commonwealth areas for about 2-3 years. ‘Walking Back To Happiness’ was her big one- like Alex Chilton she had a voice that sounded twenty years older.
I only knew the Naked Eye version. It’s funny, I always kind of liked the tune because it felt retro to me but never undertook the effort to read up on the song.
Naked Eyes has some success with this song in the 80s – never knew it was a cover