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Sandy Posey

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Walking the line separating girl group pop and the Nashville Sound, Sandy Posey scored a pair of major hits with her first two singles, "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl," both number 12 Billboard hits in 1966. Posey possessed a high, keening voice that bore only the slightest twang, a characteristic she would begin to emphasize after "I Take It Back" became her last Top 40 hit in 1967 (it, like its predecessors, peaked at 12). With the help of Tammy Wynette's producer Billy Sherrill, Posey transitioned to country music in the 1970s, earning a string of country hits that ran through the decade. After several quiet decades, Posey returned to the studio in the 2000s, recording an album for King Records and re-recording her hits elsewhere. Those original hits proved to be her lasting legacy: power popper Nick Lowe, in particular, was a fan, covering both "Born a Woman" and her deep cut "Halfway to Paradise" during his frenzied Jesus of Cool days. A native of Arkansas, Sandy Posey was born in Jasper, Alabama on June 18, 1944. After graduating from a high school in West Memphis, Arkansas, she started to pursue a musical career in Memphis. Landing a job as a receptionist in a recording studio, she also started to work as a session singer. After issuing a single called "Kiss Me Goodnight" under the pseudonym Sandy Carmel on Bell Records in 1965, Posey came to the attention of producer Chips Moman. Hearing her demo of "Born a Woman," a song written by Martha Sharp, convinced Moman to help Posey secure a contract with MGM Records. Moman produced "Born a Woman," which was released by MGM in the summer of 1966. The single climbed to number 12 that August, a big enough of a hit to snag Posey two Grammy nominations in 1967: one for Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance and one for Best Vocal Performance, Female. "Single Girl" appeared shortly after "Born a Woman," and by January 1967, it also peaked at number 12. After "What a Woman in Love Won't Do" reached 31, Posey again occupied the number 12 position with "I Take It Back." As quickly as she shot up the charts, Posey shot back down. "Are You Never Coming Home" topped out at 59 in 1967, with "Something I'll Remember" failing to chart in 1968. By 1971, she refashioned herself as a country singer, signing with Columbia and working with producer Billy Sherrill to achieve her first country hit with "Bring Him Safely Home to Me" that year. Over the next few years, she was modestly successful on the country charts, with "Happy Happy Birthday Baby" reaching 36 in 1972 and "Don't" peaking at 39 in 1973. Posey switched to Monument Records in 1976. "Born to Be with You" gave her a number 21 hit in 1978, success that was nearly matched by "Love, Love, Love/Chapel of Love" later that year and "Love is Sometimes Easy" in 1978; both singles peaked at 26. After "Can't Get Used to Sleeping Without You" reached 88 on the country charts, Posey retreated from performing. Occasionally, she'd work as a session singer or tour with her Elvis Presley impersonator husband Wade Cummings, but by the mid-1980s, she was effectively retired. Two quiet decades passed before she returned with a new album in 2004; she also re-recorded some of her hits during this decade.
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