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 tune 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 films including Babes in Toyland in 1961 and The Longest Day in 1962 but both his singing and film career had faded by the 1970s.

He was divorced from Sinatra in 1965 and has a daughter, model Jessica Sands, born in 1977 from another relationship.


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He was divorced from Sinatra in 1965 and has a daughter, model Jessica Sands, born in 1977 from another relationship. His wife thought his death might have been related to his recent use of the prescription drug Prozac. Sands performed in several films including Babes in Toyland in 1961 and The Longest Day in 1962 but both his singing and film career had faded by the 1970s. On February 8, 1990, while working on a comeback album with Jeff Lynne, Shannon fatally shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle. In 1960, he married Nancy Sinatra and for a time they were the toast of Hollywood. He finally put the bottle down in 1978, and he was able to return to mainstream audiences with "Sea of Love" in the early 1980s (from an album produced by Tom Petty). 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 the 1970s, Shannon's career slowed down greatly; the hates and fears he had turned into art in his earlier songs were turning into full-blown mental illness, and he was self-medicating with alcohol.

On the show, his song presentation of a tune 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. Shannon returned to the charts in 1964 with "Keep Searching", followed by "Stranger in Town," both songs about flight from pursuit in a dangerous world. 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". In 1963, he became the first American artist to record a cover of a Beatles song with "From Me to You". He was only fifteen when Colonel Tom Parker heard about him and signed him to RCA Records. After these hits, Shannon was unable to keep his momentum in the US, but became a sensation in England. Sands began playing the guitar at age seven and within a year had a job performing twice weekly on a local radio station. Del Shannon (December 30, 1934–February 8, 1990) (born Charles Weedon Westover) was an American rock and roller who launched into fame with the huge hit "Runaway" (1961), which he followed up with "Hats Off to Larry", another big hit, and the less popular "So Long, Baby", another song of breakup bitterness.

While still young, he moved with his family to Shreveport, Louisiana. Born Thomas Adrian Sands into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois, his father was a pianist and his mother a big-band singer. Tommy Sands (born August 27, 1937 ) is an American pop music singer and actor.

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