Sixties music icon Sandie Shaw called Mumford & Sons to offer them a personal apology after she made unflattering comments about their posh background during a political committee hearing. The singer hit headlines in March (13) when she mentioned the band during her address to British politicians on the government's Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
Shaw was taking part in the hearing to address funding issues in creative industries, and she suggested musicians from wealthy families have an unfair advantage over aspiring artists from poor backgrounds, saying, "At the moment, unless you're Mumford & Sons and come from a public school and have a rich family that can support you, you're on the dole (unemployment benefit)... and by the time you get a sniff of a record contract you just grab anything that they might offer you."
Shaw now admits she felt terrible about how her remarks came across and she even called the folk rockers to offer her apologies.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I was just saying that it's really difficult at the moment to get funding for anything unless you are a potential global act and who knows who will be a global act? They are my friends, the Mumfords. I had to ring them afterwards to say I'm so sorry. They were really generous about it, to be honest.
"I was so upset. My raison d'etre is to get artists together. I don't give a damn where people come from. Mumford & Sons didn't have it easy. They did a lot of sleeping on friends' couches at first."
Sixties music icon Sandie Shaw was allegedly warned to keep quiet about the unwanted advances of predatory older men in the entertainment industry when she was a teenage pop star. The Puppet on a String hitmaker, now 66, shot to fame as a 17 year old in the 1960s and was a regular performer on British music shows such as the BBC's Top of the Pops.
However, Shaw has now revealed she saw a darker side of the entertainment industry but was allegedly told she risked destroying her career if she spoke out.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "People who could take advantage of that (sexually liberated era of the 1960s) did... My manager told me to shut up if I wanted to stay in work. They tried to make sure I was never left alone with them (older men), that they were never in the studio... (My manager was of) a previous generation where it was casting couch stuff so for her it was like 'What's the problem?' Things were utterly different then. There's nothing as sterile as a BBC studio these days."
Shaw's comments come as a police investigation in Britain is probing numerous allegations of sexual abuse after late entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile was unmasked as a serial paedophile who had abused up to 450 youngsters throughout his long-running career at the BBC.
However, Shaw insists she will not divulge any more details as she has no interest in being dragged into the inquiry.
She adds, "I'm not part of the witch hunt. I don't want to be."
The star also insists anyone affected by the scandal should be given the necessary support and help: "I think it's really important that the people it affected are listened to."
Sixties pop icon Sandie Shaw has been left with a scar on her forehead after a horrific car crash in France earlier this year (13). The Puppet on a String hitmaker was being driven by her husband, Dr. Tony Bedford, when another vehicle struck their car.
Speaking on U.K. TV show Neil McCormick's Needle Time, Shaw recalls, "The next thing I knew, the car was rolling, and my seat belt had come undone, so I was rolling around in this 4x4, it was almost like free fall. My husband thought he'd killed me. I couldn't get out."
The 66-year-old singer reveals she suffered severe head injuries and was hospitalised after the accident.
She adds, "The whole of my face had opened up, all the top of my head, and I was just covered in blood. And I couldn't breathe for this blood. I've never felt such pain in my life. I remember thinking 'I'm so glad I never had the face lift, if this is anything like how it feels!' That did go through my head.
"This guy managed to sew me back together. I was... not able to do anything for such a long time because I was purple, blue, and (had) this huge scar on my face."
The crash prompted Shaw to make proper plans to retire and to release her best of compilation album, Long Live Love, earlier this month (May13).
She explains, "We put this album out and it was part of me saying goodbye. I was going to do it really kind of quietly as it's the last time I'm going to do this."