The Elusive Sandi Scott – Little Girl with The Big Voice!
Little Sandi Scott was, for a very brief time, Band Box Records’ little darling!
Sandi – as best I as can determine – was a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado and came to Band Box around the summer of 1968 when she would cut four tracks (shown below). Her sessions at Band Box were produced by another local Denver musician, Buster Jenkins who also hosted a very popular radio show back in the early 1960’s, “The Rocky Mountain Jamboree”.
Jenkins would also cut an LP on the Band Box label featuring his program’s cast members,
Sandi’s run at Band Box was brief – The label, which generally didn’t place ads as a practice in the major trade journals – cost no doubt being a prohibitive factor for such a small independent label, salted Cash Box and Billboard with a few placements, didn’t reap the rewards, with both Scott singles failing to dent the nation’s local radio charts – let alone the major country charts.
A mere eight months after announcing Sandi’s Band Box contract (June, 1968), a press release appeared in February of 1969 stating the young singer (by then 15 years old) was heading out the door – having departed for Nashville where she recorded with Hap Wilson’s Tree Publishing Co.
“Fist City No. 2” was penned and recorded by Loretta Lynn coming out four months before the Sandi Scott cover. Lynn’s release went all the way to number 1 on the Billboard Country Charts and was her second number 1 country.
Cascade and Nashville – 1969
Sandi’s Nashville debut resulted in two singles being released on the obscure Nashville Cascade label (I have no knowledge of any other records being released by Cascade)- coming out in October of 1969. A second single was issued in early 1970 and that seemed to be the end of Sandi’s association with country music’s capital.
Song writers Dee Moeller and Tom Hartman were apparently 2nd tier country song writers – never placing any songs on the country singles charts. Moeller attracted some attention – having songs picked up by Bonnie Guitar, Brenda Lee and Marion Worth as well as a handful of other lesser-known artists – but no chart action for any.
But Moeller had a very interesting career in country music as a performer, and much like Sandi Scott – starting off when she was just 12 years old. She started her career making a weekly appearance on radio station KSNY in Snyder, Texas. She actually opened for an upcoming star way back in the 1950’s in Abilene, Texas for Elvis Presley! You would really have to consider Dee more of a performer – traveling and singing on tours with Skeeter Davis, Minnie Pearl, Don Gibson, George Jones and Stonewall Jackson to name a few.
Sandi Scott Summer of 1970 in Denver
The next mention I have been able to locate relating to Sandi comes in this August of 1970 when she teamed up with a large contingent of local Colorado country performers as well as national acts, to promote the then vibrant Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. Sandi – now 17 years old – participating in a tour of Colorado radio stations to promote the Hall of Fame event.
Around this same time period, Sandi cut one single for the Fort Collins, Colorado label, Contempo – a label which only issued three singles.
Sandi in Sin City – 1971
At the age of 18 – Sandi signed on with Vegas Music International and released – appropriately enough, an LP titled “To Be Free and 18”. It is a rather obscure album – not showing up too often for sale.. The back cover features Sandi appearing in the great outdoors, presumably somewhere in the Rockies, as “The Colorado Songbird”.
The VMI label was a new one on the scene, having started up in late 1971. The Scott LP was the label’s debut.
Both of Sandi’s Contempo tracks, “To Be Free” and “Nashville to Dallas” would be included on this LP with “To Be Free” assuming the title song.
Associated Recording Artists
Skipping ahead a couple of years, this ad appears in November of 1973 by ART out of Oklahoma City, OK lumping Sandi in with a curious mix of artists from MOR to Gospel to Country. Not all unknowns – apparently masters were obtained of past musicians such as Spade Cooley, singer and movie star who passed away in 1969 – and Jimmy Wakely who passed in 1982.
Not sure how this arrangement came to be. Sandi’s tunes must have be acquired along with the known and unknown.
The final Sandi Scott Vinyl entry here is a long lost single on a forgotten record label – Arena – for which I cannot locate a year or another release. It his is indeed our Sandi Scott – time has marched on – no longer a teenager.
A CD exists out there – released in 2005 titled “One More Time” – If the photo is equal to the year – Sandi would have been 51 years of age and looking good! – Hope Sandi is still going strong somewhere – somehow.
Enjoy Fist City No. 2