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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Post 79 - Cheryl Gray - You Made Me What I Am / You Don't Love Me Anymore

Born on 5th August 1953, Melbourne, She adopted the stage surname of her father, Reg Gray, for the earlier part of her career. She began her singing career at the age of eight on Australian radio, and during this time she entered and won several talent contests. By the age of 15 she had her first hit record in Australia, with the cover of the 1966 Mark Wynter hit "You Made Me What I Am" written by Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent, and she won a 'Best Female Vocalist' award. She quickly became a well known celebrity on Australian television, but she felt her career was limited if she remained in Australia. She travelled to the United Kingdom and performed with such groups as Herman's Hermits, The Hollies and the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb wrote "The Love Of A Woman" for her, and her recording became a hit in some European countries. By the mid 1970s she had changed her name to Samantha Sang, and had moved to the United States where she renewed her acquaintance with the Bee Gees. They wrote another song for her, which coincided with their huge level of popularity, and the single "Emotion" (with back-up vocals by the Bee Gees) became a major hit worldwide. It reached number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, and earned Sang a platinum record. It also climbed to #11 in the UK Singles Chart. Here for you to download is her 1967 hit for HMV "You Made Me What I Am" and it's B side "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (EA-4852)

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