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Vintage Video #1's: Sandie Shaw Sings Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Always Something There to Remind Me"

by VVN Music

53 years ago today (October 22, 1964), Sandie Shaw went to the top of the British Singles chart with her cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Always Something There to Remind Me".

The song was Shaw's second single after signing with Pye records. Her first, "As Long As You're Happy Baby", failed to chart. Born Sandra Goodrich, it was Adam Faith who saw her sing at a charity concert in London, a prize she won after coming in first in a local talent contest in Essex, England.

Eve Taylor, who was both Faith and Shaw's manager, heard the Lou Johnson version of "Always" and brought it back to Britain for Shaw to record. Sandie debuted the song on the show Ready! Steady! Go! and it quickly rose to the top of the charts for three weeks. It also hit number 1 in Canada and South Africa and 10 in the Netherlands but only rose to 52 in the U.S.

Shaw went on to have seven more top ten hits in the U.K. including number 1's "Long Live Love" (1965) and "Puppet on a String" (1967). Her biggest U.S. hit was "Girl Don't Come" (1964 / #42 U.S. / #3 Britain).

The top ten singles in Britain on November 22, 1964
  1. (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
  2. Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
  3. When You Walk In the Room - Searchers
  4. Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
  5. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits


Joe Mac Pherson said…
(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me, by Sandie Shaw, received a lot of airplay in Boston, Massachusetts. I clearly remember the song on 2 of Boston't largest AM radio stations at the time. I was 10 years old, fully enthralled with the British Invasion and it seemed to wonderful. One of my 2 teenage sisters bought this record, and I know, Girl Don't Come was always played on our living room stereo system.
I never would have thought either record wouldn't make it to the Top 30. I guess it's all about the region. Obviously, in Massachusetts, each song was a bigger hit and I'm glad they were. All these decades later, I still buy Sandie Shaw's music, and her deluxe singles box set is amazing!
Riot Pictures, released in 2014, proves she still has that voice and presence about her. Listen to it, or better, buy it!