Sunday Music – (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me

Posted on Sun 07/23/2017 by

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Today’s music video is (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,  and the song is performed here in this clip by the English singer Sandie Shaw.

Link to Video at You Tube

This video was posted to You Tube by HappyDuckk

This song was the second Single released by Sandie Shaw, in mid/late 1964. Her first Single did not chart, but this new song was a Monster Number One Smash Hit in the UK for this young singer, still not yet 18 when it reached Number One on the National Charts only three weeks after its release. The song was also a Number One here in Australia, as well as in other parts of the World, but did not chart in the U.S.

The song was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, who were now one of the biggest names in writing music and vocals, and who had hits with a who’s who of artists. The song was written from the point of view of a man, and while Dionne Warwick tried out the song, it was eventually recorded in the U.S. by Lou Johnson who made it a minor hit on US National Charts.

The music from the British Invasion in the 60s was more pronounced here in Australia, only it wasn’t referred to by that title, which became popular in the U.S. Here in Australia, it was just new music, and it arrived at such a bewildering speed, with new bands and artists virtually each day, as the songs just poured out of the radio. While that term is now mostly associated with those huge bands of the time, there were just as many, if not more, solo artists, both male and female, and probably more of them were female than male.

The names of those female singers are just so many, and it’s an easy thing to leave some of them out, but some of the biggest names were Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, Jackie Trent, Marrianne Faithfull, Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Mary Hopkin, Helen Shapiro, and many more. The song list was huge, and there seemed to be a new song coming out every week, and all of them were just so good.

In mid 1964, the young Sandie Shaw performed well in a local talent quest and her prize was a chance to perform at a small concert in London. She was seen by Adam Faith, now one of those male singers who was already a big name in that new music genre that English popular music had become. He introduced her to his own manager, Eve Taylor, and she signed up the young singer. Eve Taylor was in the U.S. not long after that and heard this song, (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me from Lou Johnson, and negotiated the UK rights for the song. Back in the UK, she had Sandie Shaw hurriedly record the song and release it as quickly as possible, and within three weeks, it shot up the charts to Number One.

Sandie Shaw’s career was now made and she followed up this song with six more songs that all went inside the Top Five, and one of them, Long Live Love became her second Number One, and she was now one of only three or four female singers in the UK at the top of the tree for those female singers.

While she had a further string of songs after that second Number One which charted reasonably well in the UK, she had to wait almost two years for her next Number One, and that song came from an unlikely place. The song was Puppet On A String. The English music scene was now absolutely huge, and the thinking was that they could perhaps do well at the Eurovision Song Contest, something the English had never won, despite finishing second a number of times with perhaps lesser known artists. This contest was a bit kitschy at the time, and was based mainly around the Countries on that European Continent, and while the UK had entered before, it was never really on a serious attempt to win the title.

Moves were made to enter a song with Sandie Shaw singing it, as she was now one of the biggest names on the UK music scene, as well as on the Continent, where she performed often. Sandie was not even all that keen on singing at this contest, but Adam Faith said it would probably be good for her career, a little anomalous as she already had a monster career. She was given five songs to do with a view to selecting the best song, and entering that. The song Puppet On A String was her least favourite song of the five, and one she really did not like singing all that much. She was actually disappointed when the song was selected.

The song was a monumentally huge runaway success at the Contest, and won by the biggest margin a song had ever had at this contest to that time, and it became the first song entered by the UK to win the contest. The song was released back in the UK, it shot straight to Number One, not only in the UK, but all across Europe, and here in Australia as well. Even so, almost to this day, she has always said that she still did not like the song.

Sandie Shaw is one of the biggest names when it comes to female singers to record popular music during the 60s.

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