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Sandy Dillon

When Sandy Dillon graduated from Berklee College of Music In 1980, Buddy Rich presented her with her bachelor of Music degree in Orchestral Composition.
She moved to New York City the next day. There she began singing and playing in jazz clubs in the Village, and had a regular gig at "Rounds" on East 53rd St, the notorious gay "hustler"piano bar, where a young waiter told her about some auditions... she won the role of Janis Joplin in the Broadway show,"Rock and Roll, the First 5000 Years", directed by Joe Layton. Spotted by legendary Bowie manager Tony Defries, Dillon signed with Mainman and recorded two albums worth of material for Elektra records in the '80s with producers Man Parrish, Mick Ronson and Dieter Meier [of the Swiss group, Yello] that went unreleased until recently, when tracks started appearing from those sessions online.
Dillon moved to London in the late 1980's and changed management, where she released "Skating" on Bonjour records in 1996. In 1998 Sandy recorded and appeared with Art Wood's The Quiet Melon, on the album Moneydue [Nippon Crown]. In 1999 she signed to One Little Indian records and released 4 albums : Electric Chair, {1999}, East Overshoe {2000}, Nobody's Sweetheart {2003} and Pull The Strings {2006}. In 2000 She also co-wrote an album with the late Hector Zazou:12 Las Vegas Is Cursed, released by Crammed Discs. In 2008 she recorded Living In Dreams with long term guitarist Ray Majors and multi instrumentalist David Coulter for the German label Tradition and Moderne, who also released an album of covers: "96 Tears", [Dillon provided vocals and Majors on guitar] with the Canadian band The Sisters of Euclid.{2010} Sandy has also co written and recorded tracks with dance music artists Tim Deluxe{Ego Death} and Kinobe[versebridgechorus]. Dillon and Majors also recorded as 'The Bovine Solution' with Belgian experimental folk quartet, Troissoeur, resulting in 'Four Faces In A Box 2,' released in 2008.
After battling for many years with ill health, Dillon joked that she had "crossed the pond in reverse" and wanted to make a collection of songs based on ships that were wrecked 'crossing the pond" to Massachusetts from England during the 18th and 19th century. Originally from New England, Sandy describes her latest album, 'Shipwrecked' as an "underwater blues journey', released on two discs, "Port" and "Starboard". The 29 songs were recorded over 4 years and features hand built instruments made from bits of wood, metal, rope and strings along with traditional instruments with Sandy at the helm of an antique harmonium leading many of the songs. Shipwrecked contains accounts of historical wrecks that occurred regularly off of Boston's South Shore, where Dillon grew up listening to tales of gin soaked ghosts of sailors haunting the local rocky ledges that have claimed many a life, while other tracks use 'shipwrecked' as a metaphor, the lyrics staying true to Dillon's indomitable spirit and style. The sonic journey navigates the listener through tales of sailors acting like cowboys, a humorous look at the onset of scurvy, while other songs depict the the sea herself to be both beautiful and cruel to those who would try and tame her. The album features production from Michael J Sheehy and Ray Majors, string arrangements by Fiona Brice, musical saw and sax by Jules Lawrence and contributions from vocal duo The Smoke Fairy's {performing as "The Sirens"}, and Robert aka Larry Love [Alabama 3] singing in a pitch as deep and dark as the ocean floor. There are also a couple of "buried treasure" tracks from Sandy's past, notably a live performance with the late Jaco Pastorius recorded many years ago in New York, where Sandy and Jaco performed occasionally as a duo at the "Come Back To The Five And Dime" club downtown.