Sandy Nelson Similar Artists

The Fireballs - 100% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the autumn of 1957 in Raton, New Mexico, USA, the Fireballs originally comprised George Tomsco (24 April 1940, Raton, New Mexico, USA; guitar, vocals), Chuck Tharp (b. 3 February 1941, d. 17 March 2006, Clovis, New Mexico, USA; lead vocals), Danny Trammell (b. 14 July 1940; rhythm guitar), Stan Lark (b. 27 July 1940; bass, vocals) and Eric Budd (b. 23 October 1938; Read more

Johnny & The Hurricanes - 95% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Duane Eddy - 93% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 April 1938, Corning, New York, USA. The legendary simple ‘twangy’ guitar sound of Duane Eddy has made him one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous instrumental artists. The sound was created after hearing Bill Justis’ famous ‘Raunchy’ (the song that George Harrison first learned to play). Together with producer Lee Hazlewood, Eddy co-wro Read more

Preston Epps - 71% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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1931, Oakland, California, USA. Epps may be the only musician who has had a Top 20 hit based on bongo drum playing. He learned how to play the instrument in the early 50s and, while supporting himself with odd jobs, he played his drums in then-popular coffee houses in the Los Angeles area. He was discovered by Los Angeles disc jockey Art Laboe, who also ran the Original Soun Read more

The Routers - 68% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 2000s
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A US instrumental unit formed in the early 60s in the Los Angeles, California area, the original Routers were not the same musicians that eventually secured the band’s only hit in 1962 with ‘Let’s Go (Pony)’. The original band comprised musicians Mike Gordon, Al Kait, Bill Moody, Lynn Frazier and a fifth musician (unknown). Signed to Warner Brothers Records, Read more

Bill Justis - 67% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s
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14 October 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 15 July 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Justis was a saxophonist, arranger and producer who created ‘Raunchy’, one of the classic rock ‘n’ roll instrumentals (and, coincidentally, the first song that George Harrison learned to play). He grew up in Memphis playing jazz and dance band music before joining Sam P Read more

The Champs - 64% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Best known for the classic 1958 rock ‘n’ roll near-instrumental ‘Tequila’, a US number 1 song, the Champs were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in December 1957. The five musicians initially comprising the group were Dave Burgess (rhythm guitar), Danny Flores (Daniel Flores, 11 July 1929, Santa Paula, California, USA, d. 19 September 2006, Huntingt Read more

The Chantays - 59% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US-based group was comprised of the Californian Santa Ana High School students Bob Spickard (lead guitar), Brian Carman (guitar, saxophone), Bob Marshall (piano), Warren Waters (bass) and Bob Welsh (drums). They formed the Chantays in 1962, and secured immortality with ‘Pipeline’ the following year. Initially released as the b-side to a vocal track, this atmosphe Read more

The Challengers - 52% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Bobby Vee - 45% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

The Surfaris - 43% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Glendora, California, in 1962, the Surfaris - Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Jim Pash (1949, USA, d. 29 April 2005, Yucca Valley, USA; guitar), Bob Berryhill (guitar), Pat Connolly (bass) and Ron Wilson (d. 1989; drums) - achieved international success the following year with ‘Wipe Out’. This frantic yet simplistic instrumental, originally envisaged as a throw Read more

Johnny Tillotson - 41% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 April 1939, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Tillotson’s father was a country music disc jockey and Johnny himself was appearing on local radio from the age of nine. His parents encouraged his talent by giving him first a ukulele and then a guitar, and he was influenced by the singing cowboys (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers) and country singer Hank Williams. He appeared regularly Read more

B. Bumble & The Stingers - 38% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Ventures - 38% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pivotal instrumental group was formed in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in 1958 when work mates Don Wilson (10 February 1937, USA; rhythm guitar) and Bob Bogle (b. 16 January 1937, USA; lead guitar) discovered a mutual interest in music. They began performing together as the Impacts, using a pick-up rhythm section, before Nokie Edwards (b. Nole Edwards, 9 May 1935, Lahoma, Ok Read more

Dave "Baby" Cortez - 37% match to Sandy Nelson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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David Cortez Clowney, 13 August 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Cortez played piano in church as a boy and progressed from there to Hammond organ, performing on the chitlins’ circuit through the Midwest and California in the late 50s. From 1955-57 he performed with vocal group the Pearls and in 1956-57 also worked with the Valentines and the Jesters. In 1956 he made his f Read more


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