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Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands

"Tommy Sands" (born August 27, 1937) is an American pop music singer and actor.

Born "Thomas Adrian Sands" 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 seven and within a year had a job performing twice weekly on a local radio station. He was only fifteen when Colonel Tom Parker heard about him and signed him to RCA Records. His initial recordings garnered little in the way of sales but in early 1957 he was given the opportunity to star in an episode of "Kraft Television Theatre". On the show, his song presentation of a Joe Allison composition called "''Teenage 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 music charts.

Sands' sudden fame brought an offer to sing at the Academy Awards show and his teen idol looks landed him a motion-picture contract to star in a 1958 musical drama called ''Sing, Boy, Sing''. In 1960, he married Nancy Sinatra and for a time they were the toast of Hollywood. Sands performed in several...

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