From a Guest Contributor:
Once upon a time TOMMY SANDS was the definition of teenage "ROCK STAR" and served as the mold for many young entertainers who followed him into 'stardom', however fleeting that "stardom" may have been.
Paul Anka, Fabian, Frankie Avalon and many other teen idols were Tommy Sands clones.
Tommy Sands rose like a sky rocket from obscurity in the 1950's and commanded "STAR" status until 1965 when he seemingly disappeared from the music world, film and the public eye.
Sands came from Shreveport, Louisiana. His father was a musician and his mother a band singer. His mother gave 'Little Tommy' his first guitar at age 7 and by age 12 he was singing on local radio. He soon came to the attention of Colonel Parker (Elvis Presley's manager) and Tommy cut his first record at age 14 under Parker's management.
|Tommy and Nancy Sands|
Tommy Sands married Nancy Sinatra (Franks daughter) in 1960 and divorced her in 1965. After their divorce there were reports that 'daddy Sinatra' saw to it that Sands was shut out of the "the business".
Today Tommy Sands is 74 years old and lives in Hawaii.
Editors comment: As a kid growing up in the 1950's we can easily recall Tommy Sands and thank our guest contributor for this bit of nostalgia.