Sandy Denny

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Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978), known as Sandy Denny, 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 Uncut and Mojo, as well as the Sunday Express, have all 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 It's Sandy Denny Sandy Denny 4
1971 The North Star Grassman and the Ravens Sandy Denny 5
1972 Sandy Sandy Denny 3
1974 Like an Old Fashioned Waltz Sandy Denny 3
1977 Rendezvous Sandy Denny 3
1991 Sandy Denny and the Strawbs Sandy Denny and the Strawbs 1
2005 All Our Own Work Sandy Denny and the Strawbs 3
2011 Don't Stop Singing Thea Gilmore and the words of Sandy Denny 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? Sandy Denny 2
1987 The Best of Sandy Denny Sandy Denny 1
1999 Listen, Listen: An Introduction to Sandy Denny Sandy Denny 1
2000 No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology Sandy Denny 2
2001 Borrowed Thyme Sandy Denny 1
2004 A Boxful of Treasures Sandy Denny 1
2004 The Collection: Chronological Covers and Concert Classics Sandy Denny 1
2008 The Music Weaver: Sandy Denny Remembered Sandy Denny 1
2010 Sandy Denny Sandy Denny 1
2011 19 Rupert Street Sandy Denny & Alex Campbell 1
2012 The Notes and the Words: A Collection of Demos and Rarities Sandy Denny 1
2013 The Lady: The Essential Sandy Denny Sandy Denny 1
2016 I've Always Kept a Unicorn; The Acoustic Sandy Denny Sandy Denny 1
The Attic Tracks 1972-1984 Sandy Denny, Trevor Lucas and Friends 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The BBC Sessions 1971-73 Sandy Denny 1
2007 Live at the BBC Sandy Denny 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 'Gold Dust': Live at the Royalty Sandy Denny 1
2011 Ebbets Field 1974 Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny 1

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