Tommy Sands Rockabilly Artist

Tommy Adrian Sands (born August 27, 1937) is an American pop music singer and actor. Born into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois, Sands' father was a pianist and his mother a big-band singer. While still young, he moved with his family to Shreveport, Louisiana. Sands began playing the guitar at age eight and within a year had a job performing twice weekly on a local radio station. He was only 15 when Colonel Tom Parker heard about him and signed him to RCA Records. Sands' initial recordings achieved little in the way of sales but in early 1957 he was given the opportunity to star in an episode of Kraft Television Theatre. He played the part of a singer who was very similar to Elvis Presley, with guitar, bouffant hair, and excitable teenage fans. On the show, his song presentation of a Joe Allison composition called "Teen-Age Crush" went over big with the young audience and, released as a 45 rpm single by Capitol Records, it went to No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart. His track, "The Old Oaken Bucket", peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart in 1960.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 27th, 1937
Nationality
United States of America

Family

Spouses
Children

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Drama46.63
Musical45.85
War26.25
Comedy25.75

1. Cruisin' Hits of the 60's (2007)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
60.0

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2. Live at the Rock 'n' Roll Palace: Vol. 2 (2006)

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60.0

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3. Live at the Rock 'n' Roll Palace: Vol. 1 (2006)

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60.0

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4. Rock's First Teen Idols (1988)

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60.0

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5. Cruisin Love Songs: Vol. 2 (1984)

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65.0

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6. None But the Brave (1965)

Drama, War
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
106.0
1 Show list

None but the Brave, also known as Yūsha nomi in Japan, is a 1965 war film starring Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi, Tommy Sands and Brad Dexter. This is the only film directed by Frank Sinatra, and the first Japanese-American co-production, produced by Sinatra for Warner Bros. and Kikumaru Okuda for Toho Studios.

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Capt. Dennis Bourke
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Pacific War
Japanese, English
United States of America, Japan

7. Ensign Pulver (1964)

Comedy, Drama, War
played Bruno
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104.0
,
Peter S. Feibleman
10 Show list

Ensign Pulver is a 1964 American Technicolor film in Panavision and a sequel to the 1955 film Mister Roberts. The movie stars Robert Walker, Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau and Tommy Sands and features Millie Perkins, Larry Hagman, Kay Medford, Peter Marshall, Jack Nicholson, Richard Gautier, George Lindsey, James Farentino, and James Coco. The film was directed and co-written by Joshua Logan, who had directed and co-written the Mister Roberts stage play on Broadway, and also shot scenes for the 1955 film after director John Ford fell ill. The story concerns the U.S.S. Reluctant, which is at anchor beside a tropical island. The ship's captain is as much of a "Captain Bligh" as ever. Several of the film's events – such as attacking the Captain while he is watching a film, and one the sailors trying to obtain compassionate leave to deal with a dying child – are taken from Thomas Heggen's original novel Mister Roberts. The characters of Pulver, Doc and several crewmen return from the first film, but played by different actors.

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Billings
Ensign Pulver
Head Nurse
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Charles Lawton
English
United States of America

8. The Longest Day (1962)

Action, Drama, History
played U.S. Army Ranger #4
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178.0
Jack Seddon
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David Pursall
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86 Show list 4 Show list $10M

The Longest Day is a 1962 war film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, who paid the book's author Ryan US$175,000 for the film rights. The screenplay was by Ryan, with additional material written by Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall and Jack Seddon. It was directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, and Bernhard Wicki. The Longest Day, which was made in black and white, features a large ensemble cast including John Wayne, Kenneth More, Richard Todd, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Red Buttons, Rod Steiger, Leo Genn, Peter Lawford, Gert Fröbe, Irina Demick, Bourvil, Curt Jürgens, Robert Wagner, Paul Anka and Arletty. Many of these actors played roles that were virtually cameo appearances and several cast members such as Fonda, Genn, More, Steiger and Todd saw action as servicemen during the war, with Todd actually being among the first British officers to land in Normandy in Operation Overlord and participated in the assault on Pegasus Bridge.

Awards

1963 David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
1962 Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography - Black and White
1962 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
1962 Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Top cast

Pvt. Flanagan
RAF Officer Mac
British Soldier #2
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
U.S. Army Ranger #5
U.S. Army Ranger
Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
Pvt. Morris
Destroyer Commander
Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
Pvt. Coke
Cmdr. Philippe Kieffer
British Paratrooper #2
Flying Officer David Campbell
Gen. Raymond D. Barton
Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
Sgt. Kaffekanne
Pvt. John Steele
Col. Thompson
British Soldier #3
RAdm. Alan G. Kirk
Paratrooper #4
Pvt. Martini
Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt
Major General Walter Bedell Smith
Alfred Jodl
Pvt. Watney
British Soldier
Pvt. Dutch Schultz
Col. Josef 'Pips' Priller
Lord Lovat
Ronald Callen
Gen. Erich Marcks
RAF Pilot
Group Capt. J.N. Stagg
Kieffer's Aide
Sgt. John H. Fuller
Maj. Gen. Robert Haines
Col. Caffey
Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel
RAF Briefing Officer
British Soldier Talking to Major Howard
British Paratrooper
Capt. Harding
Lt. Col. Ocker
Capt. Colin Maud
Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr.
Pvt. Clough
Alexandre Renaud
Lt. Sheen
Pvt. Wilder
Maj. John Howard
Joe Williams
British Padre
U.S. Army Ranger #3
RAdm. Janjard
Young GI
Pvt. Harris
Maj. Werner Pluskat
Madame Barrault
Father Louis Roulland
Pvt. Hutchinson
Glider Doctor
Lt. Wilson
German Soldier
Janine Boitard
Hans von Salmuth
Gen. Wolfgang Hager
Capt. Ernst During
Canadian Doctor
German Officer #2
Lt. Walsh
Frau Maria Rommel
Capt. Frank
Mother Superior
Luftwaffe Major
British Soldier #4
Deutscher Offizier
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Lt. Fritz Theen
Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
Jean Bourgoin
,
Walter Wottitz
The Longest Day
German, English, French
United States of America

9. Babes in Toyland (1961)

Family, Musical, Fantasy
played Tom Piper
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106.0
Jack Donohue
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Joe Rinaldi
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Lowell S. Hawley
10 Show list

Babes in Toyland is a 1961 Walt Disney Christmas musical film in Technicolor, directed by Jack Donohue, and distributed to theatres by Buena Vista Distribution. It stars Ray Bolger as Barnaby, Annette Funicello as Mary Contrary, Tommy Sands as Tom Piper, and Ed Wynn as the Toymaker. The film was based upon Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland. There had been a 1934 film also titled Babes in Toyland starring Laurel and Hardy, and three television adaptations prior to the Disney film, but Disney's was only the second film version of the operetta released to movie theatres and the first in Technicolor. However, the plot, and in some cases, the music, bear little resemblance to the original as Disney had most of the lyrics rewritten and some of the song tempos drastically changed. The toy soldiers would later appear in Christmas parades at the Disney theme parks around the world.

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Villager
Barnaby
Toymaker
Grumio
Boy Blue
Mary Contrary
Bo Peep
Gonzorgo
Roderigo
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Christmas
Edward Colman
Bill Thomas
Babes in Toyland
English
United States of America

10. Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)

Comedy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
88.0
Dick Shepherd
Jack Sher

Love in a Goldfish Bowl is a 1961 musical comedy film directed by Jack Sher.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

11. Mardi Gras (1958)

Musical
played Barry Denton
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
107.0
6 Show list

Mardi Gras is a 1958 musical film directed by Edmund Goulding.

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Al Curtis
Eadie West
Dick Saglon
Torchy Larue
Tony Collins
Michelle Marton
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Wilfred M. Cline
English
United States of America, Belgium

12. Sing Boy Sing (1958)

Drama, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0

Sing, Boy, Sing is a 1958 musical-drama film, released by 20th Century Fox. The film starred two newcomers, Tommy Sands and Lili Gentle. The film was an expansion of the January 1957 Kraft Television Theatre episode "The Singin' Idol", also starring Sands. Sands, billed by the studio as a potential new teen idol, played an Elvis Presley-type singer. The film was Gentle's only starring role, and her penultimate film appearance. 20th Century Fox had plans to promote Gentle as its new dashing red-head, but the right type of roles to offer her did not materialize. Sing, Boy, Sing was released in the United States in February 1958, to positive reviews, but did rather poorly at the box-office, despite being somewhat popular with teenage audiences.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

Guest TV appearances

American Bandstand

Program genre

Music
Variety show
Talk show

External resources

American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy Boom Boom Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E00 February 28th, 1958

Bonanza

Program genre

Action
Action/Adventure
Adventure Film
Western

External resources

Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and within the top 10 longest running, live-action American series. It continues to air in syndication.nThe show centers on the Cartwright family, who live in the area of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, and later, David Canary and Mitch Vogel.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S07-E01 September 12th, 1965 Wiley Kane

Branded

Program genre

Talk show
Music
Western

External resources

Branded is an American Western series which aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966, sponsored by Procter & Gamble in its Sunday night 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time period, and starred Chuck Connors as Jason McCord, a United States Army Cavalry captain who had been drummed out of the service following an unjust accusation of cowardice.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E14 April 25th, 1965 Richard Bain
Ron Winston

Combat!

Program genre

Drama
Military

External resources

Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during World War II. The program starred Rick Jason as platoon leader Second Lieutenant Gil Hanley and Vic Morrow as Sergeant Chip Saunders. The series was unusual in that Hanley and Morrow would play the lead in alternating episodes.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E19 January 26th, 1965 Carey

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre

Program genre

Drama
Western
Anthology series

External resources

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, sometimes simply called Zane Grey Theatre, is an American Western anthology series which ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E06 November 8th, 1957

Hawaii Five-O

Program genre

Police procedural
Crime
Action
Crime Fiction
Drama
Action/Adventure
Adventure Film

External resources

Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force which was based on an actual unit that existed under martial law in the 1940s. The theme music composed by Morton Stevens became especially popular.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E24 March 4th, 1976 Edward Ross
David Friedkin
S07-E21 February 25th, 1975 Joey
Martin Roth
S01-E10 December 5th, 1968 Joey Rand
Herman Groves

Kraft Television Theatre

Program genre

Anthology
Drama
Anthology series

External resources

Kraft Television Theatre is an American drama/anthology television series that began May 7, 1947 on NBC, airing at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings until December of that year. In January 1948, it moved to 9pm on Wednesdays, continuing in that timeslot until 1958. Initially produced by the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, the live hour-long series offered television plays with new stories and new characters each week, in addition to adaptations of such classics as A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland.nBeginning October 1953, ABC added a separate series, created to promote Kraft's new Cheez Whiz product. This series ran for sixteen months, telecast on Thursday evenings at 9:30pm, until January 1955.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S10-E20 January 30th, 1957
S00-E33 May 8th, 1957

Mr. Novak

Program genre

Drama

External resources

Mr. Novak is an American dramatic series starring James Franciscus in the title role, which aired on NBC for two seasons, from 1963 to 1965.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E29 April 20th, 1965 Gary Lewin
S02-E06 November 10th, 1964 Ray Wilson

Studio One

Program genre

Anthology series
Drama
Anthology

External resources

Studio One is an American radio–television anthology series, created in 1947 by Canadian director Fletcher Markle, who came to CBS from the CBC.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S10-E36 June 16th, 1958 Buck Slater
Ron Winston

The Academy Awards

Program genre

Reality television
Award show
Special Interest

External resources

The Academy Awards is a TV program.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E01 March 26th, 1958
S00-E01 March 27th, 1957

The Dick Clark Show

Program genre

Variety show
Music

External resources

The Dick Clark Show is an American musical variety show broadcast weekly in the United States on the ABC television network 7:30-8 PM on Saturdays from February 15, 1958 through September 10, 1960, sponsored by Beechnut Gum.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E44 July 4th, 1959
S01-E08 April 5th, 1958

The Ed Sullivan Show

Program genre

Reality television
Variety show
Comedy
Family
Sketch comedy

External resources

The Ed Sullivan Show is an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie, which ran only one season and was eventually replaced by other shows.nIn 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the series finished #31 in TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S17-E08 November 17th, 1963
S10-E34 May 20th, 1957

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries

Program genre

Action/Adventure
Action
Suspense
Adventure Film

External resources

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries is a television series which aired for three seasons on ABC. The series starred Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as amateur sleuth brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, respectively, and Pamela Sue Martin as detective Nancy Drew.nThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries was unusual in that it often dealt with the characters individually, in an almost anthological style. That is, some episodes featured only the Hardy Boys and others only Nancy Drew.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E19 February 26th, 1978
Michael Sloan

The Steve Allen Show

Program genre

Variety show

External resources

The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June 1960 on NBC, from September 1961 to December 1961 on ABC, and in first-run syndication from 1962 to 1964.nThe first three seasons aired on Sunday nights at 8:00pm Eastern Time, then on Mondays at 10:00pm Eastern in the 1959-60 season. After a season's absence, the series briefly returned on Wednesdays at 7:30pm Eastern. The syndicated version aired mostly in late nights.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E22 March 14th, 1960
S02-E25 April 7th, 1957

This Is Your Life

Program genre

Family
Documentary film
Talk show
Reality television
Biographical film

External resources

This Is Your Life was an American documentary series broadcast on NBC radio 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its producer Ralph Edwards. In the show, the host surprises a guest, and proceeds to take them through their life in front of an audience, including special guest appearances by colleagues, friends and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971-72, while Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980s, before his death in 2005.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E02 March 4th, 1959
S00-E05 April 10th, 1957

Wagon Train

Program genre

Western

External resources

Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC 1957–62 and then on ABC 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from January 1963 to September 1965. The show debuted at #15 in the Nielsen ratings, rose to #2 in the next three seasons, and peaked at #1 in the 1961–62 television season. After moving to ABC in the autumn of 1962, the ratings began to decline, and Wagon Train did not again make the Top 20 listing.nThe series initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by lookalike Robert Fuller a year after Horton had decided to leave the series.nThe series was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master directed by John Ford and starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond, and harkens back to the early widescreen wagon train epic The Big Trail starring John Wayne and featuring Bond in his first major screen appearance playing a supporting role.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E01 September 20th, 1964 Keith Lance
S06-E17 January 9th, 1963 Davey Baxter
S07-E03 September 30th, 1963 Ethan Morgan
S03-E17 January 27th, 1960 Larry Hanify

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