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Sandra Wright passed away last week at the age of 61. A classically trained vocalist, she came up in a Tennessee family rich with singers—one cousin was a member of the Spirit of Memphis gospel quartet, another was the blues icon Memphis Slim. Singing in church from the age of 4, Sandra graduated from Tennessee State with a degree in music. When her mother refused to let her travel to Europe with an opera company, Sandra connected with a local R&B group, Canned Souls, and recorded several singles, all before her 21st birthday. In 1974 Stax launched its subsidiary label Truth with Sandra's soulful "Wounded Woman," which was recorded, along with a handful of other numbers at the Muscle Shoals studio Broadway Sound. Sandra's records received no support from the floundering Stax, which wound up in IRS receivership a year later. (In 1988, the UK label Demon released Sandra's Truth singles on one LP. Find it—and two of her '60s tracks—below.) Forsaking the capricious life of touring and recording, Sandra settled into a 17-year run performing in regular rotation at Nashville's famed New Era Club. In 1992, a few years after forming her own group, Sandra rented a place in Vermont to be closer to her new production company and the New York studios. Sandra, who'd been raised in the Memphis projects, was taken with the natural beauty of the Green Mountains and decided to stay. Buoyed by enthusiastic audiences across the Northeast, Sandra became a fixture at festivals and benefits and developed a devoted following that now grieves her loss.
I never did see Sandra perform, but knew her as a beloved member of a circle of friends who, for the past two decades, have gathered in the Vermont woods for a wonderful pot-luck Thanksgiving. Her easy laugh, sardonic cheer, and outrageous deviled eggs will eternally be missed.
Sandra Wright ~ "Wounded Woman"
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Very Extremely Tight
Various ~ "Tighten Up" (all eight volumes)
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Various ~ "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama"
*This fidelity of this is warm but quite crackly. For a muddier but cleaner version, go here.
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