Sandie Shaw was photographed by John d Green for Birds of Britain on 15 September 1966, when she was just 19 years old.

Sandie Shaw, born Sandra Ann Goodrich, was one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s. In 1967 she became the first Briton to win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Puppet on a String”.

Shaw was spotted singing in a local talent contest by British singer Adam Faith, who introduced her to his manager, Eve Taylor, who gave her the stage name of Sandie Shaw and secured her a contract with Pye Records.

In the Autumn of 1964 Shaw’s second single, the Bacharach and David song “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” rose quickly to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and further hits followed, including “Girl Don’t Come” (a UK No. 3), “I’ll Stop at Nothing”, “Long Live Love – her second UK No. 1 in 1965 – and “Message Understood”.

After appearing on the Rolf Harris show with the song “Puppet On A String”, Shaw was voted by the public to represent Britain in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. The song won by a near-record margin and became the singer’s third UK number one single, a record for a female star at the time.

With her trademark barefoot appearances Shaw came to epitomise the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and became a much-treasured musical icon, enjoying a career which lasted until her retirement from music in 2013.

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