British pop singer Mandy Smith was born Amanda Louise Smith on July 17, 1970. She became famous when her relationship with fifty-year-old bassist Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones was revealed. Mandy was only thirteen at the time and even though she was underage she took a lot of heat from the British press, who called her a “gold digger” and blamed her for the relationship.
Mandy started modelling and was soon discovered by record label PWL. Her debut single “I Just Can’t Wait”, written and produced by hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman, was released in 1987, quickly followed by “Positive Reaction”. Both singles had great success in Italy, Scandinavia, Germany and Japan. Unfortunately, they didn’t fare so well in the UK, where some radio stations even refused to play them because of the Wyman scandal.
However, Mandy continued her career and released the album “Mandy” in 1988. It was quickly followed by the PWL singles “Boys And Girls” and “Victim Of Pleasure”, both big club hits all over Europe. In 1989, Mandy released a cover version of one of her favourite songs, “Don’t You Want Me Baby”, originally recorded by The Human League. The single did well but due to Mandy’s health problems it became her last single to date.
Mandy’s on-again, off-again relationship with Bill Wyman continued and they got married when Mandy turned eighteen. However, the marriage only lasted two years. Mandy released her autobiography “It’s All Over Now” in 1993 where she told her side of the story.
Sadly, Mandy hasn’t recorded anything new since 1989, though she still has a lot of fans all over the world. In 2009, her only album “Mandy” was re-released by Cherry Pop, digitally remastered and featuring rare bonus tracks, such as the previously unreleased “Terry” and a demo version of “Got To Be Certain”, the latter released by Kylie Minogue in 1988.
As of 2009, Mandy is living a calm life in Manchester with her son Max. She also runs Kiss PR, a boutique communications and marketing company, together with her sister Nicola.
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