Singer Sally Ann Marsh can be counted among the artists who tried to resurrect "Windmills of Your Mind" since 1969. That was the year Noel Harrison took the haunting Michel Legrand song to number eight in Great Britain, with help from its inclusion in the Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Interestingly, both artists are British and both also devote time to acting pursuits. Marsh contributed to the children's films The Princess & the Goblin in 1993 and The Monkey's Tale in 2000. She also appeared as the teenaged Cecile in Grange Hill in 1996 and Tricky Business, both for the CBBC. She also starred in the Whitehall Theatre production of Voyeurz, which also featured Fern 2 Fern, a lesbian rock group.
Marsh took up singing when she was six years old. With Diana Barrand and Dani Behr, she founded Faith, Hope, and Charity, a pop group, in 1990. WEA Records released the group's singles, among them "Battle of the Sexes." She became a member of Xpansions, a dance-oriented group, and put out "Move Your Body." The Arista Records release topped club charts and landed in pop's Top Ten in Great Britain. Membership in Global Wave, another dance group, followed in 1993. Big Time International issued a pair of the group's singles.
British dance label De-Construction brought Marsh on board to sing vocals for Ariel's "Let It Slide" and Hyper Go-Go's "High." She also became a member of Hysterix around the same time, and the group's "Must Be the Music" later scored big. RCA Records offered her a contract in 1995, and Marsh went solo. Under the guidance of the production team of Matt Aitken and Mike Stock, who have more than a dozen chart-toppers to their credit, Marsh released a cover of "In the Summertime," which was recorded previously by Mungo Jerry. The single performed well on radio, but due to a similar release from Shaggy, the company never issued the single. Marsh left RCA for Love This Records, a company run by Stock, early the following year and went on to release "Windmills of Your Mind."