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. Both lines were designed specifically as signature products for Satriani. 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. Satriani has endorsed Ibanez's JS Series guitars, and Peavey's JSX amplifier. In 1960, he married Nancy Sinatra and for a time they were the toast of Hollywood. Satriani has maintained a large fan base throughout the world during his career. 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 relation to contemporary virtuoso guitarists however, such as Yngwie Malmsteen and John Petrucci, Satriani is often praised as a more lyrical, soulful guitarist.

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. The virtually flawless precision of his techniques as a guitarist have sometimes been described as "robotic" -- however this must be considered alongside the fact that few others in the world can match his technique, and that he has delved into many of the simpler styles with considerable success, such as blues and rock and roll. 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". Satriani has often been criticized for the "sterility" of his music. He was only fifteen when Colonel Tom Parker heard about him and signed him to RCA Records. In 1996, Satriani formed G3, a concert tour featuring three instrumental rock guitarists -- originally Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson. Sands began playing the guitar at age seven and within a year had a job performing twice weekly on a local radio station. In 1994, Satriani joined the band Deep Purple to replace guitarist Ritchie Blackmore during the band's tour.

While still young, he moved with his family to Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1989, Satriani's song "One Big Rush" (originally released on Flying in a Blue Dream) was featured on the soundtrack to Say Anything. Born Thomas Adrian Sands into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois, his father was a pianist and his mother a big-band singer. Word spread quickly, and Satriani was soon counted among rock's most talented guitarists. Tommy Sands (born August 27, 1937 ) is an American pop music singer and actor. When his friend and former student Steve Vai gained fame playing with David Lee Roth in 1986, Vai raved about Satriani in several interviews with guitar magazines. During the 1970s, Satriani moved to Berkeley, California to pursue a music career.

He was inspired to play guitar at age 14, after hearing Jimi Hendrix. Joe Satriani was born on July 15, 1956, in Carle Place, New York. He is also a renowned guitar teacher, whose students have included Steve Vai, David Bryson (Counting Crows), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), and Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogen (Third Eye Blind) among others. He has mastered nearly every performance technique on his instrument, including two-handed tapping, sweep picking, volume swells, tap harmonics, etc.

Satriani is recognized as one of the most technically proficient guitarists in rock. It is notable that while his non-musician fans tend to call him "Satch", other guitarists more typically call him "Saint Joe"; there are numerous t-shirts to this effect. Satriani has received 13 Grammy nominations, and he has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide. His success is notable in a genre typically unfriendly to instrumental musicians.

Joe "Satch" Satriani is an instrumental rock guitarist. Is There Love in Space? (2004). G3: Rockin' in the Free World (2004). The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology (2003).

Strange Beautiful Music (2002). Live in San Francisco (Previously recorded material) (2001). Additional Creations (Bonus CD with limited "Engines of Creation") (2000). Engines of Creation (2000).

Crystal Planet (1998). G3: Live in Concert (1997). Joe Satriani (1995). Time Machine (1993).

The Beautiful Guitar (1993). The Extremist (1992). Flying in a Blue Dream (1989). Dreaming #11 (1988).

Surfing With the Alien (1987). Not of This Earth (1986).

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