- She was born Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny on 6 January 1947 in Wimbledon, in south London. She went to art school, worked as a nurse, and sang in folk clubs in the evening. She made a solo record before being discovered and taken into The Strawbs in 1967. In 1968 she joined Fairport Convention and made three albums with them; then she made one with the short-lived group Fotheringay; and after that she released four solo albums. She also appeared briefly in the musical Tommy and guested with Led Zeppelin; on a 1972-3 tour of America she opened for Genesis and for Randy Newman, but at Fotheringay's 1970 concert at the Albert Hall, Elton John opened for them. Sandy Denny was one of the best-known, most appreciated, and most influential figures in folk music of that time. She was married to Trevor Lucas and they had a daughter Georgia in 1977: for him she rejoined Fairport, of which he was a member, in 1974-5. (He was Australian and later was producer for the groups Redgum, The Bushwackers, and Goanna.) She fell down stairs on 18 April 1978 and died of a brain haemorrhage on 21 April. Her discs include: Solo album The Original Sandy Denny, with The Strawbs All Our Own Work, with Fairport Convention What We Did On Our Holidays, UnhalfbrickingLiege and Lief, with Fotheringay Fotheringay, Solo albums The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like and Old Fashioned Waltz, with Fairport Convention LiveRising for the Moon, Solo albums Rendezvous, Gold Dust -Live at the Royalty (posthumous) [from Gritchka, in Everything2]
"They stood upon the deck / As the ship went out to sea. / The wind it took the sails / And left the land a memory. / All upon the shore for / To wonder why the sailor goes. / All to close their eyes / And wonder what the sailor knows. / That is you to them, / That is how they think you are. / Never on the land, / But sailing by the north star. / To the tower and to the ravens / And the tale that hopes they'll never leave. / What if they should go? / We always dread to think of them. / I wonder if they flew one day / And no-one ever knew they'd gone / To circle over ships at sea, / Claiming yet another son. / That is you to me, / That is where I think you are. / Never on the land, / But gone to find the north star".