Sandy Posey

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Sandy Posey
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Background information
Birth name Sandra Lou Posey
Born (1944-06-18) June 18, 1944 (age 70)
Origin Jasper, Alabama, US
Genres Pop, country
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1965–present
Labels MGM, Columbia, King, Crossworlds Entertainment
Associated acts Chips Moman, Joe South

Sandy Posey (born June 18, 1944)[1] is an American popular singer, who enjoyed success in the 1960s with singles such as her 1966 recording of Martha Sharpe's composition, "Single Girl." She is often described as a country singer, although, like Skeeter Davis (to whom she has been frequently compared) her output has varied. Later in her career, the term "countrypolitan," associated with the "Nashville sound", was sometimes applied.[2] Posey had four hit singles in the United States, three of which peaked at number 12 in the sales charts.[3]

Session singer[edit]

Sandy Posey was born Sandra Lou Posey in Jasper, Alabama.[4] She graduated from high school in West Memphis, AR in 1962.[5] Posey obtained work as a session singer, after she was recommended by an aunt to an acquaintance who worked in television. In addition to working as a receptionist at a studio in Memphis, she took part in recordings across the Deep South and appeared, for example, on recording sessions produced by Lincoln “Chips” Moman for Elvis Presley and on Percy Sledge’s "When a Man Loves a Woman" (a number one hit in the US in 1966). Other singers whom she backed included Joe Tex, Bobby Goldsboro and Tommy Roe.

Solo career[edit]

Posey's first single record, under the name Sandy Carmel was "Kiss Me Goodnight" (1965), written by William Cates, which was coupled with "First Boy". This was released by Bell Records, but received minimal publicity and made little impact. Assisted by Gary Walker, a music publisher who became her manager, Posey then made a demonstration recording of "Born a Woman", written by Martha Sharpe.[6] According to Posey, Chips Moman "went wild" when he heard this and helped her to obtain a contract with MGM in Nashville.[7]

Born a Woman[edit]

Posey had her first hit with "Born a Woman", which Moman produced in Nashville on March 15, 1966.[8] This reached number 12 on the U.S. Billboard sales charts in August 1966. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[9] "Born a Woman" is a musically adept song featuring prominent piano, understated strings and horns, and distinctive multi-tracked vocals.[10] Posey received two Grammy Award nominations for "Born a Woman" in the categories of vocal performance (female) and contemporary (R&R) solo vocal. "Born A Woman" was later covered by Nick Lowe (Bowi EP) and Hubble Bubble. The radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh uses the song in his "Feminist Update".

Single Girl[edit]

Posey's next single release was "Single Girl", also written by Martha Sharpe. Recorded in Nashville on August 19, 1966,[8] this also reached number 12 in America in January 1967 and number 15 in Great Britain, where it benefited from airplay on pirate radio (peaking, for example, at number 7 in Radio London's non-sales-based Fab 40 on New Year's Day, 1967[11]). It followed "Born a Woman" by selling in excess of one million copies.[9] "Single Girl" was re-released in Britain in 1975 and reached the top 50 for a second time.[12]

Be My Baby[edit]

In the USA on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1966, Be My Baby hit #31; while in the UK on UK Singles #48.

Other work[edit]

Posey’s final pop top 20 hit was "I Take It Back", another US number 12 in July 1967, although she made other recordings for MGM Records until 1968, including "What A Woman In Love Won't Do" that peaked at number 31 in the US in late 1967. These were mostly produced by Moman, but a few, including a version of the Shirelles' hit "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (1968), were produced by Joe South.

Country Recordings[edit]

Posey turned to the country music field in 1971, signing with Columbia Records and produced by Billy Sherrill. Sherrill had just successfully turned another 1960s pop star, Jody Miller into a leading country female vocalist and it appeared Posey might be another one when the first single, "Bring Him Safely Home to Me" hit the top 20. However it was not to be with only two other singles barely scraping into the top 40. Posey signed with Monument Records in 1976 with just one single to chart and later in the year moved to Warner Bros. Records. Her first single for the label inauspiciously peaked at No. 93 but in 1978 and 1979 enjoyed three top 30 country hits before this brief comeback faded away with the new decade.

Posey occasionally recorded as a solo artist into the early 1980s but she reverted to occasional background session work and later briefly performed as a background vocalist for Skeeter Davis on an international tour. She made a number of country recordings with a religious theme after embracing Christianity in 1974.[2][13]

In 1983, Posey had another charted single on the country charts, titled "Can't Get Used To Sleeping Without You". In 2004, Posey recorded an album for King Records in Nashville, Tennessee. She is now signed with Crossworlds Entertainment of Lebanon, Tennessee. During 2007, Posey released several songs through Crossworlds Entertainment which have been available for purchase online.

The Elvis connection[edit]

In 1968, Posey married Wade Cummins, who performed as an impersonator of Elvis Presley under the name of Elvis Wade. Posey appeared with Presley during an engagement in Las Vegas in 1969.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US US Country
1966 Born a Woman 129 MGM
1967 A Single Girl
Sandy Posey Featuring "I Take It Back" 182
The Best of Sandy Posey
1968 Looking at You
The Very Best of Sandy Posey
1972 Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love 28 Columbia
1982 Because of You Audiograph
— denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Positions Album
US[15] US Country CAN CAN Country UK[16] AUS
1966 "Born A Woman"
b/w "Caution To The Wind"
12 7 24 2 Born A Woman
"Single Girl"[A]
b/w "Blue Is My Best Color" (from Born A Woman)
12 11 15 5 Single Girl
1967 "What A Woman In Love Won't Do"
b/w "Shattered" (from Single Girl)
31 48 21 The Very Best Of Sandy Posey
"I Take It Back"
b/w "The Boy I Love"
12 9 Sandy Posey
"Don't Touch Me"
b/w "I'm Your Puppet"
Single Girl
"Are You Never Coming Home"
b/w "I Can Show You How To Live" (from Sandy Posey)
59 The Best Of Sandy Posey
1968 "Something I'll Remember"
b/w "Silly Girl, Silly Boy"
102 Looking At You
"Ways Of The World"
b/w "The Wonderful World Of Summer" (Non-album track)
Sandy Posey (Golden Archive Series)
"Your Conception Of Love"
b/w "All Hung Up In Your Green Eyes" (Non-album track)
1971 "You Say Beautiful Things To Me"
b/w "Losing Out On You"
Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love
"Bring Him Safely Home To Me"
b/w "A Man In Need Of Love"
18 13
1972 "Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love"
b/w "Together"
51
"Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"
b/w "Thank The Lord For New York City"
36 Non-album tracks
1973 "Don't"
b/w "Thank The Lord For New York City"
39 60
1976 "Trying To Live Without You Kind Of Days"
b/w "Why Do We Carry On (The Way We Do)"
99
"It's Midnight (Do You Know Where Your Baby Is?)"
b/w "Long Distance Kissing"
93
1978 "Born To Be With You"
b/w "It's Not Too Late"
21
"Love, Love, Love/Chapel of Love"
b/w "I Believe In Love"
26 19
1979 "Love Is Sometimes Easy"
b/w "I Believe In Love"
26 30
"Try Home"
small<b/w "Love Is Sometimes Easy"
82
1982 "She's Got You"[B] Because Of You
1983 "Can't Get Used To Sleeping Without You"
b/w "You Can't Ride On My Coat Tail"
88
— denotes releases that did not chart.
Notes
  • A^ "Single Girl" was re-released in the UK in 1975 and peaked at No. 35.
  • B^ "She's Got You" peaked at No. 22 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources give 1947, but 1944 is more consistent with her having graduated from high school in 1962 and Posey herself has referred to her age as 21 at the time that "Born a Woman" was made in 1966: see sleeve notes for Sandy Posey, CD A Single Girl: The Very Best of the MGM Recordings (2002), which contains an extensive interview with Posey about her early career
  2. ^ a b Michael D'Arcy, June 2001
  3. ^ Charlie Gillett & Simon Frith (1976) Rock File 4
  4. ^ Posey’s birth name has sometimes been cited mistakenly as Martha Sharpe, because Sharpe wrote some of her early recordings: see for example, Hugh Gregory (1993) Who's Who In Country Music.
  5. ^ See sleeve notes for A Single Girl (2002)
  6. ^ Sharpe made her own recordings of "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl" in 1973 for a Monument album (KZ 32234).
  7. ^ Sleeve notes for A Single Girl CD (2002)
  8. ^ a b MGM home page at the Wayback Machine (archived October 21, 2009)
  9. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 210. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  10. ^ See John Dowler, liner notes for "Born to be Hurt" Raven Records, 2004
  11. ^ Radio London: Field's Fab New Year - 1st January 1967
  12. ^ Guinness British Hit Singles (15th ed, 2002)
  13. ^ sleeve notes for A Single Girl CD, 2002
  14. ^ Elvis Wade Tickets - Elvis Wade Concert Show Tickets At Onlineseats
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 708. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  16. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 432. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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