Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Music: Evie Sands

Singer/songwriter Evie Sands should have been a shoo-in as the American Petula Clark. But, in the hit-crazed environment of the early 60s, Evie had a few bad breaks. Her first recording for Blue Cat Records, "Take Me For A Little While," was stolen by a producer from Chess, re-recorded and released a full week before Sands' version. The controversy over the theft buried her next single, "I Can't Let Go." In 1966, the song was a huge hit for The Hollies. A little trivia: "I Can't Let Go" was written by Chip Taylor, who also authored the classic garage-pop "Wild Thing." Taylor's real name is James Voight, and his brother is actor Jon Voight.

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