Denny, Sandy

BORN 6 Jan 1947, London: Nelson Hospital, Kingston Road, Merton - DIED 21 Apr 1978, London: Atkinson Morley Hospital, Blackshaw Road, Wimbledon
BIRTH NAME Denny, Alexandra Elene Maclean
CAUSE OF DEATH cerebral hemorrhage
GRAVE LOCATION London: Putney Vale, Stag Lane

English folk singer who started her career in the 1960s performing traditional songs. Her song "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" was written in these early days. In was covered by Judy Collins in 1968 as the title track of an abum. In the same year she joined the band Fairport Convention and she made three albums with the band before leaving it to form her own band Fotheringay with her boyfriend, the Australian musician Trevor Lucas.

In 1971 she performed the duet "The Battle of Evermore" with Robert Plant on the fourth Led Zeppelin album. She married Lucas in 1973. In 1974 she rejoined Fairport Convention and she left it again in 1975. In 1977 she had a daughter, Georgia, but she drank a lot and used cocaine during the pregnancy and hardly seemd to care for her baby.

In March 1978 Lucas had (probably temporarily) left her. She fell from a stairs and hit her head on concrete. She suffered from headaches afterwards and was prescribed the pain drug Distalgesi that didnīt go well with alcohol. On 1 Apr 1978 she performed on a charity concert at Byfield. On 13 Apr Lucas ran away with their daughter to Australia. On 17 Apr she fell into a coma and she died four days later in Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.

Lucas lived in Australia and remarried before he died of a heart attack in 1989.


The grave of Sandy Denny at Putney Vale Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (12 May 2011)


Wikipedia (EN):

Denon, Vivant

Published: 13 Jan 2013
Last update: 08 Mar 2022