Tommy Sands - biography

Singer from United States of America

Tommy Adrian Sands (born August 27, 1937) is an American pop music singer and actor. Sands was born into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois; his 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. Sands' sudden fame brought an offer to sing at the Academy Awards show and his teen idol looks landed him a  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Tommy Adrian Sands,Thomas Adrian Sands,Sands, Tommy
Date of birth
1937-08-27
Place of birth
Chicago
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Sheila Wallace Nancy Sinatra
Children
Jessica Sands
Profession
Actor, Singer

Performances

Year Performance Character
2007 Cruisin' Hits of the 60's
2006 Live at the Rock 'n' Roll Palace: Vol. 2
2006 Live at the Rock 'n' Roll Palace: Vol. 1
1988 Rock's First Teen Idols
1984 Cruisin Love Songs: Vol. 2
1965 None But the Brave
1961 Love in a Goldfish Bowl
1961 Babes in Toyland
1958 Mardi Gras Barry Denton
1958 Sing Boy Sing

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