Thursday, 2 June 2011

Ready Steady Go! What Ever Happened To Sandy Sarjeant?

Cathy McGowan was considered by the world wide media to be the Queen of the Mods; I don’t remember real Mods having a queen, (unless he was gay!), but we all had our female fancies, and mine was Sandy Sarjeant. At the time, I believed she was the most beautiful woman to grace this earth, and upon seeing her in the flesh- even more so!


  
You would have thought it would have been easy to find information relating to Sandy. Nothing doing, I couldn’t even find out where she was born, or how and when she started her dancing career? And what she’s been doing since 1972? She appeared on a cloud, and disappeared in the mist!
I don’t like to call her a go-go dancer, I prefer the term Mod dancer. There wasn’t one person who could match her power and style on RSG! She created her own dance movements, which many a Mod tried to copy on the disco dance floors.
It was on RSG! that Sandy really shone; she was amongst her own, Mods; and it was not unusual to see her occasionally in Mod hang outs, such as “The Scene” and “The Flamingo”; I bumped into her once at “The Tiles”.

Sandy Sarjeant dancing at 'The Scene'.
The performances with Otis Redding are unforgettable. Here is scene from the Otis Redding RSG! Show- you can see Sandy in the MIDDLE of the three girls, just watch her go! Ok, with Otis Redding singing live right next to you, who wouldn’t?
https://youtu.be/vF09tbm81IY
As I’ve mentioned before, I was at a few of the RSG! recordings. At the RSG! studios there was a space off screen with dressing rooms, make up etc; it was here that the dancers warmed up. Once, wandering around at the back, I caught Sandy warming up on her own, I joined her- now I wasn’t a bad mover, but the foot work she did left me standing in the shadows. It only lasted two minutes, and never mind if she showed me up- I danced with Sandy Sarjeant!
After the ‘death’ of   RSG! In 1967, Sandy became the lead dancer on a German TV show, Beat Club; I have the view that the show was too stiffly structured to suit Sandy’s Mod temperament, but there again that’s just my point of view. At the same time there was an attempt to push her into the limelight as a solo singer, with the song, “Can’t Stop the Want”, if you want to listen to it follow the link, sorry Sandy, it’s that bad!
Sandy also played small roles in a couple of films, “The Beauty Jungle”, and the Peter Cook and Dudley Moore satire “Bedazzled”
In 1968 Sandy and ‘Small Faces’ band member Ian McLagan, married- divorcing in 1972. After that the trail goes cold, Sandy, and the child from that marriage, vanish.
 
Sandy did appear one last time on film, for the promotional clip of the  ‘Small Faces’ Itchycoo Park. Sandy is the woman with the short brown hair, the candle and the hat.




If any one has further information about Sandy, please let me know, or if you ever meet her tell her she’s not forgotten!

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52 comments:

  1. Like your tribute to great Sandy

    MannyMUC

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  2. I believe she´s on facebook or at least it looks like her. She must be 63 now. Nevertheless she´s hot!!! I hope she understand that we are curious as to what became of her. Why can´t women of today look like Sandy Sarjeant????

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  3. maybe she is ?
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandy-Sarjeant/100002180345995

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  4. Hi Anonymous!
    Sorry to disappoint you, this is not our Sandy! It is a lady from New Zealand, who happens to carry the same name. However, I have been informed that Sandy has a dance school somewhere in the north of England. I'll keep looking!

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  5. Hi Alex, on Youtube I have asked Sandy Sarjeant to get in touch with you. I hope you don´t mind?? Hopefully she watch herself every now and then on Youtube.

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  6. The woman I´ve seen on Facebook is either the real Sandy Sarjeant, but for some reason she doesn´t want to come forward, or it´s an impostor who take advantage of Sandy Sarjeant´s good name and at the same time by coincident happens to be a look alike.

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  7. I Used to live next door to her in the mid sixties
    It was great seeing the lokes of the bee gees turning up cramped in one little mini

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  8. I don´t live in an English speaking country, but regarding the Sandy Sarjeant on Facebook, I just wonder how many Sandy Sarjeant can there be with that spelling of the last name???? To me it looks unusual.

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  9. Sandy Sarjeant on Facebook. The lady is NOT our Sandy! I have since found out that Sandy Sarjeant runs a dance school, some where in England!

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  10. hello ,,crackin topic,, why dont you have a peek at www.modgeneration.com ,,there a lots of old mods on it ..micky tanner, who is in the photo from the scene club ,pops in now and then,, we have original mods ,revival mods ,like myself and the new breed ,,its a very friendly site ,we d love to hear from you ,,mod4life ,gem

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  11. Sandy is a close friend of mine! She still lives in London and went on to have 3 more children from her 2nd marriage.

    She lives quietly alone spending alot of time with her grandson. She is still a very attractive woman!

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    1. Hi Anonymous, hope you are well. Hey if / when you see Sandy tell her Grant said Hi- we worked together on some magazines, and then she got me a job in Soho on Soho Street where she was working with a Norwegian guy named Geir Nummestad. So tell her hi, and if shes bored to mail me - harvan2000@yahoo.com

      If not, fair play. Have fun. Grant

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    2. I believe she danced at the front of the stage at a Small Faces gig in Northern Ireland(Newtownards) The authorities apparently built a wall in front of the stage. The fans knocked the wall down such was the excitement. I'm writing about this. Mention it to her and mail me if you want : mowbrayguy01@gmail.com

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  12. Thank you for letting us know where Sandy is now! I'm sure she's as beautiful as ever. Please let her know she has not been forgotten, and she will always be a Mod legend!

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  13. i was just relaying the story of meeting sandy to my friend - and how funny i should come across this thread. Sandy and I worked together in the early 90's and struck up a beautiful friendship. I lost contact with her, and miss her. Anonymous of 6th August - if you happen to see her tell her LIz freeman sends her love.

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  14. Sad to hear her record was a failure, must have been the wrong song and style. I remember her solely because she had a stunning clear soprano voice, one of the best I ever heard. That was 50 years ago at school, she sang a plaintive Tudor love song at the end of year concert. Not at all mod but very lovely.

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  15. Arethea Sandy Sarjeant was born 07.11.1947 in London.
    Her parents was Florence and Alfred Sarjeant. She has three sisters Barbara, Paulette and Linda. She is 1,62 Meters and has worked as Photomodel.

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  16. Hi this is sandy sarjeant I'm sitting with my lovely daughter who is faster at typing than me!! My feet still move but my fingers don't!!! My daughter has brought all these lovely messages too my attention as I am a techno freak! I am touched and can't not believe after all these years there is still interest in me after my 5 minutes of fame still love life love dancing live in lindon blessed with 4 children and 3 grand children still feel 18 inside but shocked when I look in the mirror and see someone who is not me!! Thank you for all the lovely messages I'm overwhelmed take care x

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    1. Hello Sandy my name is Tracey and my mam is Mary and you flat shared with her on Mortimer Road 1965/1966. My mam would love to get in contact with you again. In fact my middle name was Sandra
      named after you!! I will check this website if you do want to get in touch. hopefully I will be hearing from you soon!!!! Take care XOXO

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    2. Wow its been 50 years Wana dance :) The Block or da Bang
      Lots of love Sandy if its you
      Mickey Tenner xx
      https://www.facebook.com/mike.tenner

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    3. hi sandy its a long time since I got you corned beef from frosts for your sandwiches for work, i used to be the paper girl, and worked with your mum for 3 years she would ask me to get something from frosts when she was running late... I loved your mum and still think of her is she still around.....love ellen x
      would love to hear from you...I remember your sister modelling for a girls comic your mum was so proud xx

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    4. Hi Sandy, well it's good to see your message on here. I'd just like to say that i DJ a lot in London and 'Can't Stop The Want' gets a play pretty often in my sets, on an original 45 too, goes down a storm!

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    5. Hi
      I know a chap called Lee , from Brighton , who is either Ian Maclagans son or step son ; not sure which .
      All the best Nick (a Faces fan)

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    6. Hi Sandy.....its Ralph Tobert..(remember me?)...I was choreographer on RSG for many shows in its last year, and had the pleasure of yourself, Cassie and my ex wife Celia as dancers.
      I have so many great memories of those wonderful days, and would love to say hello to you again if you have time

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    7. Hi Sandy, my name is Marilyn Sargeant, I lived at 149 Mortimore Road, and Flo used to look after me sometimes, I think I was closer in age to Paulette, I have so often wondered what happened to you and your family and have watched those RSG clips so often. I think we all went to Veras school of tap and ballet, and my regular outing every Saturday was to go to your mums shop and buy a Jackie a bottle of cream soda and some sweets. would love to say hello x

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    8. Hi Marilyn, wow I lived at 141 Mortimer road,and i too went to Vera's school of tap and ballet on Purvis road. I know all the sisters went to Aylestone school because I went there too. I remember her mother working at the sweet shop next to Kensal Green station, also I remember her middle sister singing at the State Ballroom on Saturdays, Would love to know how the family is doing. BTW, did you live next door to 151 because I had a school friend whi lived there.

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    9. hi sandy

      you are immortal goddess from your

      cliff rebel rousers 'take what i want'

      i hope you enjoy to know i did the

      best version i could of your single waay

      back in 1988 ! later on i found out my

      arrangement was the same as the 1967 demo

      ha... haaaa....

      it's an insane great song

      and i love YOU

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngeZiyizvfc

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    10. Hallo Sandy

      I'm a little late to the party. I'm trying to track you down so I hope you see this message. I'm producing a documentary for Sky Arts about the Mod scene and we'd love to get you involved. Email me if you want to know any more info gillhennessey@hotmail.com

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  17. Hi Sandy my name is Tracey and my mam is Mary and you flat shared with her on Mortimer Road 1965/1966.My mam would love to get in touch with you again. In fact my middle name was Sandra after you !! I will check this website if you do fancy getting in touch. Hopefully I will be hearing from you soon .Take care Tracey XOXO

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  18. Sandy, do you remeber me, Roger We met at an RSG audition, and went to a lot of the clubs together in my Bubble car.

    Roger Ames

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  19. Just watched sandy at Beat club in Germany on Youtube. Cracking moves...Bill

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  20. I once worked as a temp for Marshall Cavendish in Soho and met Sandy Sarjeant, the youngest of 4 girls whose sister was Sandy. I think her other sister Paulette entered for Opportunity Knocks and sang "You only live twice". Sandy was stunning.

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  21. It would be awesome if someone with accurate information would go to Wikipedia and put in an entry for Sandy.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    I love looking through the old videos and music from youtube. Those lovely dancers could move like a paint shaker in a hardware store!

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  22. I just wanted to say that this morning I just happened to click on a vintage music video sent to me by a fellow musician friend. There were several bands including Jimi Hendrix and The Who toward the end of the video. Early on in the video was a brief appearance by a dancer that I wasn't expecting. After the song the announcers mentioned her name. I had never known of her or seen her before but was so taken by her performance that I did a Google search hoping to find a Wiki page on her. She certainly deserves her place in history. I am happy to see that she is doing well.

    http://youtu.be/4NPdjV_eT7c

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  23. I am from the modern generation, not around in the 60's and have seen Sandy dancing in the 60s videos and she is amazing and looks stunning. Absolute legend and face of the 60's. Great to hear she has enjoyed life and has a lovely family. Would love to follow her on facebook and yes, she deserves a wiki page!

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  24. Hi Sandy, You went out with my brother, David Munro for a while and I remember not only your stunning performances on RSG and TOTP but how lovely you were in every way! Hope life is treating you well. Tim x

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  25. OMG Sandy this is amazing to discover your up to date news... as a younger 60's child I sadly only recall stuff from '64 on but wow like so many at the time totally captivated by your moves and the look and the style which still look fresh and vibrant now (look and learn people); even through rose-tinted specs(!) like many, thought we'd lost you... great that you've come though the madness and still keeping your feet in the groove - perhaps we all might just get lucky and you'd pop up for a surprise appearance at a club; but if you do; watch out as you'll probably find yourself back on TV for a star interview PDQ! thanks for giving us all so much pleasure and we wish you well... Mike

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  26. Hi Alex, first of all I am so glad, that Sandy is still well ... then you could get lots of photos from me, if you want it for this website, pics of Sandy of course :-) , most of them taken from old videos or tv-shows, but some others too. I also contacted you on your facebook site. So let me know if you want the photos. Thanks, Jo

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  27. Hi - sorry for butting in on this post, hoping someone can help me! Am desperately trying to get hold of some footage of the London clubs dancing competition on READY STEADY GO in1965 - my dad won the competition with sandy sarjeant, he's still got the plaque hanging in his kitchen!! His name is Mickey Johnson - I would really love to show him the footage from that night and I'd love to see it too, he still sets the dance floor alight at 68!! Xx

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    1. Hi Dianne, all the rights to RSG! are owned by Dave Clark, (Dave Clark 5), some of the tapes were destroyed before he bought, sadly it seems this was the policy of the TV companies in those days, so much history up in flames! I used to dance on RSG!, and I have long searched for one clip of my self, sadly to avail...but us old Mods have got those amazing 60's to remember when we're in out rocking chairs!

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    2. Hi Sandy....it's Ralph Tobert....remember me?...I was the choreographer on many RSG shows and have lots of very happy memories rehearsing with you, Celia, Cassie etc at LWT studios in Wembley....it would be great to hear from you...ralphtobert@hotmail.com

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    3. Hi Sandy....it's Ralph Tobert....remember me?...I was the choreographer on many RSG shows and have lots of very happy memories rehearsing with you, Celia, Cassie etc at LWT studios in Wembley....it would be great to hear from you...ralphtobert@hotmail.com

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    4. Hi Alex....did you get my message to Sandy with my email address omitted?

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  28. I seem to remember Sandy dancing to Marvin Gayes "heard it through the grapevine"?

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    1. sandy did dance to heard it through the grapevine i think it was top of thepops ive never forgotten it

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  29. sandy did dance to marvin gayes heard it through the grapevine she was brilliant ive never forgotten her performance was it top of the pops?

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  30. Hi Sandy, I had a paperound back in the sixties at Millers by Kensal Green station where your mum worked. Occasionally she would ask me to knock on your door to make sure you were up. Your sister Linda used to go out with a mate of mine. I remember the Marvin Gaye film, Heard it through the Grapevine, videos hadn't been invented LOL.

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  31. Hey girl, I am a retired American Air Force Col. that lives in Abilene Texas. Since my wife passed away a few years ago I spend a few hours a day watching YouTube videos of my favorite bands from the 60s and that is when I discovered you. The first time I saw you was when you danced with Otis Redding and I was floored, I thought wow what a beautiful woman and a great dancer so I went on a search to find out who you were. I still go back and view your known videos once in a while. If you ever get the chance I would love to exchange emails, you can reach me at rsharding@aol.com. Thank you baby, love you. Rick

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  32. Hi Marilyn, I also lived on Mortimer road (141) and also went to tap and ballet on Purvis road along with Sandy (back then we called her Althea) and her sisters.
    All the girls went to Aylestone school which I went to.
    Also, I remember her middle sister singing at the State Ballroom on Saturday. I also remember her mother working at the sweet shop near Kensal Green station. It will be nice to know what the family is up to now.

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  33. Wow, it is 2017. I saw her dance in maybe her most famous video "I take what I want" and I just cannot help myself even through time. WOW, WOW, and WOW. I wonder what is wrong with me cause I am just so so drawn to her. Logic tells me I may be one of a million but "WOW", maybe in some future existence I may be able to dance with her.

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  34. Perhaps a Sandy reunion should be organized.

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