Sandy Dillon

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Sandy Dillon is an American singer and songwriter.

Born near Cape Cod, Sandy Dillon studied Orchestral Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, before moving to New York where she lived at the Chelsea Hotel. 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. 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) (Previewed in Ronnie Scotts alongside Mick Ronson on guitar).

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. In 2000 she released Las Vegas Is Cursed, a collaboration with Hector Zazou and East Overshoe. in 2001 Steve Bywater died as a Thalidomide victim. Dillon went on and recorded Nobody’s Sweetheart, was the first of Dillon's albums to be released in the US in 2003. At that time Dillon had to go to hospital because of a combination of cancer, MRSA virus and autoimmune disease. After being released from hospital she recorded the album Pull the Strings, which was released in 2006. Her most recent record is Living in Dreams, recorded in Germany together with her new husband Ray Majors (Mott The Hoople, The Yardbirds) and produced by David Coulter. Dillon and Majors also contributed vocals and guitar to Sisters Euclids album 96 Tears, a collection of cover versions.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Electric Chair (1999) One Little Indian
  • 12 (Las Vegas is Cursed) by Sandy Dillon & Hector Zazou (2000) Crammed Records
  • 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" (2012) (Archival)
  • Shipwrecked" (2013)

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