Sandy Denny

Born 6 January 1947. Died 21 April 1978.
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Alexandra Elene MacLean "Sandy" Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as "the pre-eminent British folk rock singer".

After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album surfaced over thirty years later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for "The Battle of Evermore" on Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album (1971).

Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain's finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs and Cat Power.

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  1. Review of 19 Rupert Street

    19 Rupert Street 2011

    Reviewed by Robin Denselow
    A set of previously unreleased tracks that will fascinate Sandy devotees.
  2. Review of Sandy Denny

    Sandy Denny 2010

    Reviewed by Colin Irwin
    She merits inclusion among the all-time greats.
  3. Review of Live at the BBC

    Live at the BBC 2007

    Reviewed by Pete Marsh
    The definitive collection of Ms Denny's work at the Beeb...
  4. Review of Where The Time Goes

    Where The Time Goes 2005

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    More rarities from the archives documenting the early career of Britfolk's most...
  5. Review of A Boxful Of Treasures

    A Boxful Of Treasures 2004

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The title tells you all you need to know about this beautiful set.
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