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Long Live Love – Sandie Shaw (1965)

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Pye Records 7N 15841
Sandie Shaw was a British vocalist born Dagenham, Essex in 1947. Her rise to prominence was mainly due to the song writing talents of Chris Andrews, who had a major hit record of his own – Yesterday Man
Sandie was the first British female vocalist to have three number one singles. “Long Live Love” (produced by Andrews) was her second UK single to reach the top for three weeks within a 14 week run on the chart. This was a massive hit all over Europe. It also charted in Australia and was top ten in Canada. It reached #1 in Ireland and New Zealand. It was released in the US where the peak position was #97.
There is very small element of “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones to parts of the brass backing track, a song it is said that Sandie turned down in order to record this track as she liked it so much. As the title suggests its story of a young girl telling the world about her new found love.
“We meet everynight at eight, and I don’t get home till late, I say to myself each day, oh baby, long long live love”.
This was a massive hit all over Europe. It also charted in Australia and was top ten in Canada. It reached #1 in Ireland and New Zealand. This single was also released in the US where it peaked at  #97

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Original generic Pye Records paper sleeve
This is a recent purchase in October 2014. Whilst having a rummage at Birmingham’s longest running independent record store, The Diskery, I came across this. I also purchased another couple of her records at the same time. For this I paid £2 and its condition is very good. The B side “I Heard About Him” is another Chris Andrews track.
Sandie retired from singing in 2013.
 

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Posted in 1960's Singles

Yesterday Man – Chris Andrews (1965)

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Decca Records F12236
Chris Andrews is a British singer/songwriter born Romford, Essex in 1942. He had limited success singing but had a huge hit with Yesterday Man in 1965. At the same time he was responsible for writing a large proportion of hits for 60’s vocalist Sandie Shaw including her number one song Long Live Love. The sound can be described as a a fusion of pop and reggae.
The single charted in Europe reaching #1 in Ireland, Austria and Germany whilst in The Netherlands and Belgium it made #2. It is said that a million copies were sold. In the UK the single peaked at #3 and spent a total of 15 weeks on the chart.
Over the years this has been a favorite of mine and this is actually a very recent purchase. Whilst having a rummage at Birmingham’s longest running independent record store, The Diskery, I came across this. Although well played, its in great condition. Paid £2 which to me was well worth it. The B side Too Bad You Don’t Want Me could just as easily been an “A” side. As of 2015 Chris Andrews is still an active singer/songwriter.