Sandy Posey

Born: June 18, 1944 Jasper, AL

Her performance of "Born A Woman" in 1966 garnered nominations for Best Vocal Grammy & Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Grammy Named Most Promising Female Vocalist by Cash Box & Record World Magazines in 1966.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Sandy Posey (born June 18, 1944)[1] is an American popular singer, who enjoyed success in the 1960s with singles such as her 1966 recording of Martha Sharpe's composition, "Single Girl." She is often described as a country singer, although, like Skeeter Davis (to whom she has been frequently compared) her output has varied. Later in her career, the term "countrypolitan," associated with the "Nashville sound", was sometimes applied.[2] Posey had four hit singles in the United States, three of which peaked at number 12 in the sales charts.[3]

Sandy Posey was born Sandra Lou Posey in Jasper, Alabama.[4] She graduated from high school in West Memphis, Ar. in 1962.[5] Posey obtained work as a session singer, after she was recommended by an aunt to an acquaintance who worked in television. In addition to working as a receptionist at a studio in Memphis, she took part in recordings across the Deep South and appeared, for example, on recording sessions produced by Lincoln “Chips” Moman for Elvis Presley and on Percy Sledge’s "When a Man Loves a Woman" (a number one hit in the US in 1966). Other singers whom she backed included Joe Tex, Bobby Goldsboro and Tommy Roe.

Posey's first single record, under the name Sandy Carmel was "Kiss Me Goodnight" (1965), written by William Cates, which was coupled with "First Boy". This was released by Bell Records, but received minimal publicity and made little impact. Assisted by Gary Walker, a music publisher who became her manager, Posey then made a demonstration recording of "Born a Woman", written by Martha Sharpe.[6] According to Posey, Chips Moman "went wild" when he heard this and helped her to obtain a contract with MGM in Nashville.[7]


Born a Woman

Posey had her first hit with "Born a Woman", which Moman produced in Nashville on March 15, 1966.[8] This reached number 12 in the US sales charts in September 1966. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[9] "Born a Woman" was regarded by some as a women's liberationist song ("You're born to be stepped on, lied to, cheated on"), although it was lampooned by others[10] and Helen Reddy, whose song, "I Am Woman", became a feminist anthem in 1972, dismissed it much later as "dreadful" and its lyrics as "not exactly empowering".[11] Billboard referred contemporaneously to "this woeful ballad rocker", while praising Posey's "excellent vocal work".[12] Even so, Posey received two Grammy Award nominations for "Born a Woman" in the categories of vocal performance (female) and contemporary (R&R) solo vocal. "Born A Woman" was later covered by Nick Lowe (Bowi EP) and Hubble Bubble.

Single Girl

Posey's next single release was "Single Girl", also written by Martha Sharpe, which was notable for the gentle crescendo and piano refrain of its final verse. Recorded in Nashville on August 19, 1966,[8] this also reached number 12 in America in January 1967 and number 15 in Great Britain, where it benefited from airplay on pirate radio (peaking, for example, at number 7 in Radio London's non-sales-based Fab 40 on New Year's Day, 1967[13]). It followed "Born a Woman" by selling in excess of one million copies.[9] "Single Girl" was re-released in Britain in 1975 and reached the top 50 for a second time.[14]

Other work

Posey’s final top 20 hit was "I Take It Back", another US number 12 in July 1967, although she made other recordings for MGM Records until 1968, including "What A Woman In Love Won't Do" that peaked at number 31 in the US in late 1967. These were mostly produced by Moman, but a few, including a version of the Shirelles' hit "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (1968), were produced by Joe South. Posey continued recording as a solo artist into the early 1980s, when she reverted to session work. She made a number of country recordings with a religious theme after embracing Christianity in 1974.[2][15]

In 1983, Posey had another charted single on the country charts, titled "Can't Get Used To Sleeping Without You". In 2004, Posey recorded an album for King Records in Nashville, Tennessee. She is now signed with Crossworlds Entertainment of Lebanon, Tennessee. During 2007, Posey released several songs through Crossworlds Entertainment which have been available to purchase online.]

The Elvis connection

In 1968, Posey married Wade Cummings, who performed as an impersonator of Elvis Presley under the name of Elvis Wade. Posey appeared with Presley during an engagement in Las Vegas in 1969.[16]





Year Album Chart Positions Label

US US Country

1966 Born a Woman 129 MGM

1967 A Single Girl

Sandy Posey Featuring "I Take It Back" 182

The Best of Sandy Posey

1968 Looking at You

The Very Best of Sandy Posey

1972 Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love 28 Columbia

1982 Because of You Audiograph

— denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Single Chart Positions Album

US US Country CAN CAN Country UK[17] AUS

1966 "Born a Woman" 12 7 24 2 Born a Woman

"Single Girl"[A] 12 11 15 5 A Single Girl

1967 "What a Woman In Love Won't Do" 31 48 21 The Very Best of Sandy Posey

"I Take It Back" 12 9 Sandy Posey Featuring "I Take It Back"

"Are You Never Coming Home" 59 The Best of Sandy Posey

1968 "Something I'll Remember" Looking at You

1972 "Bring Him Safely Home to Me" 18 13 Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love

"Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love" 51

"Happy, Happy Birthday Baby" 36 non-album singles

1973 "Don't" 39 60

1976 "Trying to Live Without You Kind of Days" 99

"It's Midnight (Do You Know Where Your Baby Is?)" 93

1978 "Born to Be with You" 21

"Love, Love, Love/Chapel of Love" 26 19

1979 "Love Is Sometimes Easy" 26 30

"Try Home" 82

1982 "She's Got You"[B] Because of You

1983 "Can't Get Used to Sleeping Without You" 88

— denotes releases that did not chart.


A^ "Single Girl" was re-released in the UK in 1975 and peaked at #35.

B^ "She's Got You" peaked at #22 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.


1^ Some sources give 1947, but 1944 is more consistent with her having graduated from high school in 1962 and Posey herself has referred to her age as 21 at the time that "Born a Woman" was made in 1966: see sleeve notes for Sandy Posey, CD A Single Girl: The Very Best of the MGM Recordings (2002), which contains an extensive interview with Posey about her early career

2^ a b Michael D'Arcy, June 2001

3^ Charlie Gillett & Simon Frith (1976) Rock File 4

4^ Posey’s birth name has sometimes been cited mistakenly as Martha Sharpe, because Sharpe wrote some of her early recordings: see for example, Hugh Gregory (1993) Who's Who In Country Music.

5^ See sleeve notes for A Single Girl (2002)

6^ Sharpe made her own recordings of "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl" in 1973 for a Monument album (KZ 32234).

7^ Sleeve notes for A Single Girl CD (2002)

8^ a b MGM home page

9^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 210. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.

10^ See Peter Doggett, sleeve notes for A Single Girl (2002)

11^ Helen Reddy, interview in Sunday Magazine (Australia), 2003

12^ May 1966, quoted in sleeve notes for A Single Girl (2002)

13^ Radio London: Field's Fab New Year - 1st January 1967

14^ Guinness British Hit Singles (15th ed, 2002)

15^ sleeve notes for A Single Girl CD, 2002

16^ Elvis Wade Tickets - Elvis Wade Concert Show Tickets At Onlineseats

17^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 432. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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