1967 Sandy Posey – I Take It Back
Sandra Lou Posey was born in Alabama and attended high school in Arkansas.
She got a job as a receptionist at a music studio in Memphis and slowly began to get work singing background vocals. She sang background vocals for artists as varied as Bobby Goldsboro, Tommy Roe, and Joe Tex. She also sang on some Elvis records that Chips Moman produced.
Sandra recorded the single Kiss Me Goodnight for Bell Records in 1965. The label listed her name on the record as Sandy Carmel. It failed to chart, perhaps because it sounded like a throwback to the fifties.
Her earliest success story came when she sang background vocals for Percy Sledge on the hit When A Man Loves A Woman in 1966.
Martha Sharpe wrote the song Born A Woman. Gary Walker was a music publisher who assisted Sandy in recording a demo record for the song. The demo impressed Chips, and he helped Sandy get signed with MGM Nashville. Chips then produced the single, which peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in August 1966. He also produced her first three albums. Sandy performed her single on Where The Action Is.
The month her first hit peaked on the chart, Chips produced A Single Girl, another song written by Martha. The song was the lead single from Sandra’s second album. The single reached #12 on the Hot 100 the last week of December.
John D. Loudermilk wrote Sandy’s next single, What A Woman In Love Won’t Do. The single only reached #31 on the Hot 100, preventing her from completing an unusual feat. Her fourth single also reached number 12, which would have made her the only artist to have three consecutive #12 records on the Hot 100. She recorded a video for I Take It Back that appeared on television in 1967.
Listening to Sandy’s singles when they came out gave me the impression that she was a Country singer, but none of her records reached the Country charts until she switched record labels and began working with producer Billy Sherrill in 1971. She never reached the Hot 100 after 1968, but she had minor success on the Country charts for most of the seventies (none of her singles peaked any higher than #18).
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