Sandra Lou Posey (born June 18, 1944 in Jasper) is a singer who is probably best known for her 1966 recording of Martha Sharpe's composition, Single Girl. She is often described as a country singer, although her output has varied and, later in her career, the term, "countrypolitan", associated with the "Nashville sound", was sometimes applied. Posey had three "hit" singles in the United States in the 1960s, all of which peaked at number 12 in the sales charts.
Posey's family moved to West Memphis, Arkansas while she was in school, and she graduated high school there in 1962. One of her aunts recommended her to a friend in the television industry as a singer, and she began to get work as a session vocalist on tracks produced by Chips Moman for Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge, Joe Tex, Bobby Goldsboro and Tommy Roe.
She recorded her first single, William Cates' "Kiss Me Goodnight" on Bell Records in 1965 under the name Sandy Carmel. The single had little impact, but she did hire a manager, music publisher Gary Walker, who had her record another demo, of Martha Sharp's '"Born a Woman" in Muscle Shoals, with Rick Hall producing. Moman loved the sound of the demo and helped her sign with MGM Records in Nashville. On March 15, 1966 Moman produced a re-recording of "Born a Woman" in Memphis, which became her first MGM hit, reaching #12 on the US charts that September. She received Grammy nominations for "Vocal Performance (Female)" and "Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance (Male or Female)". She lost out to Eydie Gorme for "If He Walked Into My Life" and Paul McCartney for "Eleanor Rigby".
Posey's next single, "Single Girl" was another Martha Sharp tune. She recorded it in Nashville on August 19, 1966 and reached #12 again the following January, and also charted in the UK. Her third Top 20 single, "I Take it Back" peaked again at #12 in July 1967. Her record contract ended in 1968.
Posey married Elvis-impersonator Wade Cummins that same year. She went back to session work and recorded back-up vocals in Nashville for Presley. She did reappear on the County charts with two Billy Sherrill-produced records, "Bring Him Safely Home to Me" and "Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love?".
In 1974 Posey had a Christian conversion experience, and her work took on more Christian themes.
- Posey, Sandy (1966) Born a Woman. MGM Records
- Posey, Sandy (1967) A Single Girl. MGM Records
- Posey, Sandy (1967) Sandy Posey. MGM Records
- Posey, Sandy (1967) The Best of Sandy Posey. MGM Records
- Posey, Sandy (1968) Looking at You. MGM Records
- Posey, Sandy (1968) The Very Best of Sandy Posey. MGM Records
- Posey, Sandy (1972) Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love? Columbia Records
- Posey, Sandy (1982) Because of You. Audiograph
- Posey, Sandy (1983) Tennessee Rose. 51 West
- Posey, Sandy (2002) American Country Bluegrass. King KSCD 5158
- Posey, Sandy (2002) A Single Girl: The Very Best of the MGM Recordings.
- Posey, Sandy (2004) 22 All Time Favorites. King KG-0356
- Posey, Sandy (2004) Born to be Hurt: The Anthology 1966-1982. Raven RVCD 186
- Posey, Sandy (2004) Sweet Dreams. Pegasus 506
- "Sandy Posey." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 30 Apr 2007, 20:41 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 8 May 2007 .
- Klinge, Steve (2007) "Sandy Posey: Under His Thumb and Lovin' It." Oxford American