Thomas Adrian Sands (born August 27, 1937) is an American pop music singer and actor. Working in show business as early as 1949, Sands became an overnight sensation and instant teen idol when he appeared on Kraft Television Theater in January 1957 as "The Singin' Idol". The song from the show, "Teen-Age Crush", reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cashbox.
Tommy Sands in 1957
|Birth name||Thomas Adrian Sands|
|Born||August 27, 1937|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Country, Countrypolitan, Rockabilly, pop music|
|Labels||RCA, Capitol, Buena Vista, Vista, ABC, Liberty, Imperial, Superscope|
Sands was born into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois; his father, Ben, was a pianist, and his mother, Grace, a big-band singer. He moved with the family to Shreveport, Louisiana. He began playing the guitar at eight and within a year had a job performing twice weekly on a local radio station. At the beginning of his teen years, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he attended Lamar High School and joined a band with "Jimmie Lee Durden and the Junior Cowboys", consisting of Sands, Durden, and Billy Reno. They performed on radio, at county fairs, and did personal appearances. He was only 15 when Colonel Tom Parker heard about him and signed him to RCA Records.
Sands's 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 called "The Singing Idol". He played the part of a singer who was very similar to Elvis Presley, with guitar, pompadour 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 single by Capitol Records, it went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and #1 on the Cashbox chart. It became a gold record.
He released his debut album Steady Date with Tommy Sands (1957).
Sands' sudden fame brought an offer to sing at the Academy Awards show. He did another episode of Kraft Television Theatre, "Flesh and Blood" (1957) playing the son of a gangster. He also made "The Promse" for Zane Grey Theatre (1957) playing the son of Gary Merrill.
Sands' teen idol looks landed him a motion-picture contract with 20th Century Fox to star in a 1958 musical drama called Sing, Boy, Sing, the feature film version of "The Singin' Idol". Fox had enjoyed success with films starring other teen idols such as Elvis Presley and Pat Boone but Sing, Boy, Sing was a financial failure.
Sands supported Pat Boone in a musical for Fox, Mardi Gras (1958), which was a moderate hit. He also released the albums Sands Storm (1958), This Thing Called Love (1959), and When I'm Thinking of You (1959).
Sands appeared in the 1960 episode of Wagon Train - "The Larry Hanify Story". Also a later Wagon Train episode in 1963, "The Gus Morgan Story." His later albums included Sands at the Sands (1960) and Dream with Me (1960). From May to November 1960 he served in the US Air Force Reserves.
Sands' second lead role in a feature was in the teen comedy Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961) with Fabian Forte, which was not a success. More popular was a fantasy musical he made at Disney, Babes in Toyland (1961), co-starring with Annette Funicello. That year he and Funicello sang the Sherman Brothers' title song from the Walt Disney release of The Parent Trap.
Sands appeared alongside Fred Astaire in "Blow High, Blow Clear" for Alcoa Theatre (1963). On May 14, 1963, Sands appeared, along with Claude Akins and Jim Davis, in "Trapped", one of the last episodes of NBC's Laramie western series. In the story line, series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) finds an injured kidnap victim in the woods, portrayed by Joan Freeman. Dennis Holmes, as series regular Mike Williams, rides away to seek help, but the kidnappers reclaim the hostage. Slim pursues the kidnappers but is mistaken as a third kidnapper by the girl's father, played by Barton MacLane. Sands plays the girl's boyfriend, who had been ordered by her father to stop seeing her.
Sands had a support role in the feature film Ensign Pulver (1964) at Warners. He guest starred on Slattery's People ("Question: Why the Lonely?... Why the Misbegotten?") and had a support role in the war feature None But the Brave (1965), starring and directed by Frank Sinatra.
Sands guest starred on Kraft Suspense Theatre ("A Lion Amongst Men", which earned him good reviews), Combat! ("More Than a Soldier"), Valentine's Day ("For Me and My Sal"), Mr Novak ("Let's Dig a Little Grammar", "And Then I Wrote..."), Branded ("That the Brave Endure"), Bonanza ("The Debt"), and Hawaii Five-O ("No Blue Skies".,
Sands divorced Nancy Sinatra in 1965. "The doors to Hollywood seemed to slam shut after the divorce from Nancy," he said. "I couldn't get acting roles, my singing career on TV and in films was over."
His last feature to date was The Violent Ones (1967) in which Sands had a supporting role. He moved to Hawaii in 1967.
In Hawaii, Sands operated the Tommy Sands Nightclub Tour for five years, opened the Outrigger Main Showroom and ran a clothing distributorship. He married a second time and became a father.
Sands' later appearances include more episodes of Hawaii Five-O ("Hit Gun for Sale", "A Sentence to Steal"), and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ("Mystery on the Avalanche Express"). He occasionally returned to the mainland to work, appearing in dinner theatre.
Sands returned permanently to the mainland of the US in 1981, settling in Fort Wayne Indiana. He toured regularly performing concerts.
Tommy Sands and singer Nancy Sinatra married in 1960 and divorced in 1965. His career had declined significantly by 1965, triggering speculation that Frank Sinatra had him "blacklisted" in the entertainment industry after their divorce. Such reports were denied by both Sands and Sinatra. In 1974, Sands married Sheila Wallace, a secretary, in Honolulu, where he had relocated in an attempt to revive his career. He does still make sporadic public appearances as a singer.
|1958||Sing, Boy, Sing||Virgil Walker|
|1958||Mardi Gras||Barry Denton|
|1961||Love in a Goldfish Bowl||Gordon Slide|
|1961||Babes in Toyland||Tom Piper|
|1962||The Longest Day||U.S. Army Ranger|
|1964||Ensign Pulver||John X. Bruno|
|1965||None but the Brave||2nd Lt. Blair|
|1967||The Violent Ones||Mike Marain|
|1957||The Singin' Idol||as himself|
|1957||"The Promise", Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre||Jace Rawlins|
|1957||The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford||as himself|
|1960||"The Larry Hanify Story, Wagon Train||Larry Hanify|
|1963||"The Gus Morgan Story", Wagon Train||Ethan Morgan|
|1963||"Trapped", Laramie||Tad Henderson|
|1964||Slattery's People||Jed Haskell|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Eddie Riccio|
|1965||"The Debt", Bonanza||Wiley Kane|
|1968||Hawaii Five-O||Joey Rand|
Dream with Me is an album by the American singer Tommy Sands. It was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in 1960.In his biography of Riddle, September in the Rain, Peter J. Levinson wrote that Riddle's arrangements for Sands were "as original and as stimulating as he wrote for any singer, and obviously Sands was musically comfortable with him". Sands subsequently described Riddle as the "best arranger I ever worked with".In her book Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with '50s Pop Music, Karen Schoemer describes Dream with Me as "a surrealist knock-out, a musing on the unreality of love. Angel voices hovered, tempos drifted like clouds, and the songs didn't seem to start and stop so much as get up, stretch, and lie down again. The effect was practically psychedelic".Lamar High School (Houston)
Lamar High School is a comprehensive public secondary school located in Houston, Texas, United States.
Lamar High School, was established in 1936 in honored memory of Mirabeau B. Lamar, (1798–1859), a leader in the Texas Revolution for independence from Mexico in 1835–1836, and the second President of the Republic of Texas, 1838–1841. Lamar High has a four-year program, serving grades 9 through 12, and is part of the Houston Independent School District. As of 2019, Rita Graves is the principal.
Lamar High, which is located in the Upper Kirby district, serves the Houston neighborhoods of River Oaks and Montrose, the incorporated city of West University Place, a portion of the city of Southside Place, and other Houston subdivisions.
Lamar High School has neighborhood, Advanced Placement, and IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate) programs. Lamar High also has a business magnet program offering business management courses, as well as cooperation with the Houston business community to provide internships and university scholarships. Lamar's IB Diploma programs is one of two in the Houston Independent School District and, therefore, is one of HISD's seven "IB World Schools". Lamar High School consistently has the greatest number of students who graduate with the IB Diploma in Texas. Lamar offers many International Baccalaureate Diploma classes, including five foreign languages: Chinese, French, Spanish. In 1999, Lamar's IB program was the 14th largest such program in the country.Lamar High's mascot for its sports teams is the Lamar Texans.List of guitarists
This list of guitarists includes notable musicians, known principally for their guitar playing, for whom there is an article in Wikipedia. Those who are known mainly as bass guitarists are listed separately at List of bass guitarists.Sands Storm
Sands Storm is a 1958 album by American singer Tommy Sands.Sands at the Sands
Sands at the Sands is a 1960 live album by American singer Tommy Sands recorded at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.Sing Boy Sing
Sing Boy Sing is a 1958 album by American singer Tommy Sands. The album is the soundtrack to the film of the same name that starred Sands and Lili Gentle.Steady Date with Tommy Sands
Steady Date with Tommy Sands is the 1957 debut album by American singer Tommy Sands.A double page advertising spread in April 13, 1957 issue of Billboard magazine described Sands as the "Hottest singer in the nation" and Steady Date with Tommy Sands as the "Hottest album in the nation".This Thing Called Love (album)
This Thing Called Love is a 1959 album by American singer Tommy Sands, arranged by Bob Bain.Thomas Sands
Thomas Sands or Tommy Sands or Tom Sands may refer to:
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Tommy Sands (American singer) (born 1937), American singer and actor
Tommy Sands (Irish singer) (born 1945), Irish folk singer
Tom Sands (born 1954), Iowa State Representative from the 87th District
Thomas Sands (MP), Member of Parliament for Cumberland, 1390 and 1395When I'm Thinking of You
When I'm Thinking of You is an album by American singer Tommy Sands. It was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in 1959.In his biography of Riddle, September in the Rain, Peter J. Levinson wrote that Riddle's arrangements for Sands were "as original and as stimulating as he wrote for any singer, and obviously Sands was musically comfortable with him". Sands subsequently described Riddle as the "best arranger I ever worked with".