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Just love this, which do you prefer  Shiptown or Chief?

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Love this 45 too. I've got on Shiptown, thought this was the original issue label? Think theyve got differnent titles too?? Is the chief any different? Who is Ida anyhow? Any more of her 45's worth a look?

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The chief issue is a different mix.

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Ida Sands "The Queen"
 

 

 

 

 




Her name is Ida Maria Sands.  She was known by her friends and relatives as “Little” Ida.  As a recording artist, performer, and songwriter, Ida Sands was also known as Tidewater’s “Queen of Song,” actually voted so in 1968.

In an area loaded with talent, “Little” Ida began to rise towards the top of the pool early.  She was a much sought after singer, gaining the interest of both local and national attention, from the small labels to the majors.  Sands decided to center her emerging talents with Noah Biggs at Shiptown Records.  There she became the main attraction, not only as a solo artist, but also teaming up with label mate Joe Webster in the dynamic duet team of The Soul Duo.  Of course, there were also the Idettes.

As word and sound of Ida Sands spread, artist like James Brown tried to sign her away from Shiptown, but to no avail.  Ida remained loyal, stayed with her home label, mentoring other artists on the label, teaching them how to sing, perform, and project a presence.  Other Shiptown artists, like Al Glover, cite Ida Sands as one of their major influences.

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Ida also worked with some of the area’s other top artists, like Norman Johnson, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jimmy Soul, and Jerry Williams, all who went on to international fame.

Ida Sands created a sensation with hits like, “ You Came Along to Rescue Me,” "Darling, I Understand,"  and the soulful, Christmas classic she recorded as a member of  the Soul Duo, “Sad, Sad Christmas.”

Ida Sands has consistently been involved in other aspects of the community and the entertainment business.  She has performed and sponsored benefits, hosted pageants, taped shows for the troops stationed in Vietnam, been responsible for bringing high profile guests to the area and promoting the music and artists of this area.  In 1988, Norfolk's Mayor Roy B. Martin Jr., personally crowned Miss Ida Sands in the appropriate royal regalia.

Ida Sands, a local legend with national appeal and international recognition.

A quick bio.

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The original Shiptown release is the punchier of the two cuts IMO, there is a story that this was a different cut, which was not backed up by the Idettes, cos they couldnt afford to get them to the studio in NY from Norfolk VA, so they used the session singers ???. 

 

Ida also recorded as part of a duet called the Soul Duo with Joe Webster (Anglos), also on Shiptown. 

 

I met her a few times some years ago & is a lovely woman, met Joe the once & likewise....there is a funny story behind that too...Joe's son is called Joseph & also worked in the music industry.....

 

Best Russ

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