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Thomas Adrian Sands

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Ben Sands and Grace Sands
Husband of <private> Sands (Wallace)
Ex-husband of Nancy Sandra Lambert
Father of <private> Sands

Occupation: Pop Music Singer, Actor
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About Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands (born Thomas Adrian Sands) is an American pop music singer and actor.

Sands was born into a musical family in Chicago, 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 eight 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 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. He played the part of a singer who was very similar to Elvis Presley, with guitar, bouffant hair, and excitable teenage fans. 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 record chart.

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, California. Sands performed in several films including Mardi Gras (1959), Babes in Toyland (1961), Ensign Pulver in 1964, and None But the Brave (1965) playing a Marine Second Lieutenant, 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.

Sands' pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

In live versions of his hit Beyond The Sea singer Bobby Darin says "My lover stands on Tommy Sands" referring to the marriage of Tommy to Nancy Sinatra.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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Tommy Sands's Timeline

August 27, 1937
Chicago, IL, USA