Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music, for Aug. 24-30.
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 8) Today's birthdays include Johnny Dollar, who was born in 1933 (age 69); Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees in 1945 (age 57); Randy Meisner, bassist and vocalist with Poco and with the Eagles, in 1946 (age 56); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 2) Today's birthdays include country singer Doc Watson in 1923 (age 79); guitarist Willie Chambers of the Chambers Brothers in 1938 (age 64); Lou Reed in 1943 (age 59); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Tommy Adrian Sands (born August 27, 1937) is an American pop music singer and actor.

Born into a musical family in Chicago, Illinois, Sands' 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 15 when Colonel Tom Parker heard about him and signed him to RCA Records.

Sands' 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 "Teen-Age 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. His track, "The Old Oaken Bucket", peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart in 1960.

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