Sandy Dillon

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Sandy Dillon
Born Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Elektra, One Little Indian
Associated acts Ensemble Modern, Man Parrish

Sandy Dillon is an American singer and songwriter. She has released several solo albums, describing her music as "jazz-punk western blues", and has also worked with worked with Ensemble Modern and Man Parrish.[1]


Born near Cape Cod, Dillon took up piano at the age of 6, and studied Orchestral Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, before moving to New York City where she lived at the Chelsea Hotel.[1] She played Janis Joplin on Broadway in Rock n Roll: The First 5,000 Years where she was spotted by Tony DeFries, who had managed both David Bowie and Iggy Pop.[1] Defries steered her to Elektra, for whom she recorded two (unreleased) albums Candy From A Stranger (produced by Man Parrish) and Flowers (co-produced by Mick Ronson and Dieter Meier), those songs previewed in a performance at Ronnie Scotts alongside Ronson on guitar.[1][2] Elektra released her third set as her debut album.[1]

Dillon moved to London where she met her husband Steve Bywater, who was a member of the Churchfitters (also known as the Blue Lighthouse Brigade in alternate form) alongside Pete Brown (bass and sax) Geoff Coombs (Mandolin,whistles and Vocals) and Angus Wallace (Guitar and vocals). Steve Bywaters subsequently went on to produce several of Dillons albums. She signed to One Little Indian for whom she recorded Electric Chair.[3] In 2000 she released Las Vegas Is Cursed, a collaboration with Hector Zazou and East Overshoe. in 2001 Steve Bywater died after suffering a heart attack.[1] Dillon went on and recorded the well-received Nobody’s Sweetheart, produced by Julius from Kinobe and featuring guest vocals from Heather Nova, which was the first of Dillon's albums to be released in the US, in 2004.[4][5][6][7] She then recorded the album Pull the Strings, which was released in 2006.[1] Her 2008 album, Living in Dreams, was recorded in Germany together with her new husband Ray Majors (Mott The Hoople, The Yardbirds) and produced by David Coulter.[8] Dillon and Majors also contributed vocals and guitar to Sisters Euclids album 96 Tears, a collection of cover versions.



  • Dancing on the Freeway (1995), Elektra
  • Skating (1996), Bonjour
  • Electric Chair (1999), One Little Indian/Virgin
  • 12 (Las Vegas is Cursed) by Sandy Dillon & Hector Zazou (2000), Crammed Discs
  • East Overshoe (2001), One Little Indian
  • Nobody's Sweetheart (2003), One Little Indian
  • Pull the Strings (2006), One Little Indian
  • Living in Dreams (2008), Tradition & Moderne
  • Flowers (2013), NRX
  • Shipwrecked (2013)


  • "Flowers" (1985), Mainman
  • "Shoreline" (2007), One Little Indian


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Harris, Craig "Sandy Dillon Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave (1985) " Sandy Dillon And Mick Ronson: Ronnie Scotts, London", Melody Maker, 17 August 1985
  3. ^ Juffin, Bruno (1999) "Sandy Dillon - Electric Chair", Les Inrockuptibles, December 8, 1999. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  4. ^ Thompson, Dave "Nobody's Sweetheart Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  5. ^ "Sandy Dillon – Nobody’s Sweetheart", Uncut, August 1, 2003. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  6. ^ Paoletta, Michael (2004) "Sandy Dillon Nobody's Sweetheart", Billboard, June 19, 2004, p. 35. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  7. ^ MacNeil, Jason (2004) "Sandy Dillon Nobody's Sweetheart", PopMatters, June 7, 2004. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  8. ^ Stafford, Charity "Living In Dreams Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2016

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