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Sharon Tandy

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Sharon Tandy - vocals

Although she is South African, Sharon qualifies for inclusion in Making Time through her work with The Fleurs de Lys and top songwriter/producers Graham Dee and Brian Potter. She moved from Johannesburg to the UK in 1964 at the suggestion of Frank Fenter who was then head of Atlantic Records. She released a string of singles during the 1960s which were not commercially successful though she did appear on several well-known television programmes such as Germany's Beat Club. Nevertheless, her singing did lead to several favourable comparisons including Dusty Springfield and Julie Driscoll.

The Atlantic Records link helped her to record tracks at Stax Studios in 1966 and, following this, she was the opening act on the 1967 Stax/Volt tour of Europe. During 1967, she also teamed up with The Fleurs de Lys including tracks such as Hold On and Daughter of the Sun. There was also a 1967 Polydor single credited to Debrah Aire. SHe teamed up with Tony Head as Tony & Tandy and released the Potter/Dee song Two Can Make it Together.

Following her lack of commercial success and the end of her marriage to Fenter, Sharon returned to South Africa in 1970 where she released several singles.

Acid Jazz launched four Sharon Tandy tracks written by Brian Potter and Graham Dee as the From Mexico with Love EP in early 2011.

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