Tommy Sands Similar Artists

Bob Luman - 91% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Glynn Luman, 15 April 1937, Blackjack, near Nacogdoches, Texas, USA, d. 27 December 1978, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Luman’s father, Joe, a school caretaker, bus driver and gifted musician, taught his son country music, but Luman’s first love was baseball, which he played on a semi-professional basis until 1959. He was influenced by seeing Elvis Presley in c Read more

Buddy Knox - 84% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Buddy Wayne Knox, 20 July 1933, Happy, Texas, USA, d. 14 February 1999, Bremerton, Washington, USA. Knox was one of the first ‘pop-abilly’ hit-makers in the 50s. In 1955, while at West Texas State University, he formed the Serenaders with bass player Jimmy Bowen and Don Lanier (guitar), later adding Don Mills (drums) and changing their name to the Rhythm Orchids. T Read more

Tommy Steele - 79% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s
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Thomas Hicks, 17 December 1936, Bermondsey, London, England. After serving as a merchant seaman, Hicks formed a skiffle trio called the Cavemen, with Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, before being discovered by entrepreneur John Kennedy in the 2i’s coffee bar in Soho, London. A name change to Tommy Steele followed, and after an appearance at London’s Condor Club, the boy Read more

Skeets McDonald - 74% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Enos William McDonald, 1 October 1915, Greenway, Arkansas, USA, d. 31 March 1968. The youngest of seven children of a poor cotton picking family, influenced by Jimmie Rodgers’ recordings, he taught himself to play guitar at the age of 12. (He gained his nickname as a boy, because of trouble with mosquitoes, which he always called ‘skeets’). By 1935, he was in Read more

Tab Hunter - 69% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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Arthur Gelien, 11 July 1931, New York City, New York, USA. This blond-haired, blue-eyed pop vocalist/actor was spotted in 1948, working at a stable, by talent scout Dick Clayton. He introduced him to Rock Hudson’s Hollywood agent Harry Wilson, who said ‘We’ve got to tab you something’, then named him Tab Hunter. He made his screen debut in the 1950 movieT Read more

Bill Anderson - 66% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jimmy Clanton - 63% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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2 September 1940, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Pop vocalist Clanton celebrated his 18th birthday with his co-written debut hit, the R&B ballad ‘Just A Dream’, at number 4 in the US Hot 100. His smooth singing style appealed to the teen market and his subsequent releases were aimed in that direction. These included ‘My Own True Love’, which used the me Read more

Shelley Fabares - 63% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Michelle Fabares, 19 January 1944, Santa Monica, California, USA. Fabares, whose music career was highlighted by the 1962 US number 1 song ‘Johnny Angel’, was the niece of actress Nanette Fabray. Turning to acting herself, Fabares debuted as Trudy in the television series Annie Oakley. She subsequently landed roles in such 50s movies as Never Say Goodbye, Rock, Pre Read more

Jack Scott - 60% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jnr., 24 January 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This distinctive, deep-voiced rock ‘n’ roll and ballad singer-songwriter moved to Detroit at the age of 10, and began performing regularly with his sister Linda on the WEXL radio station. After changing his name to Jack Scott, he formed the C&W outfit Southern Drifters in 1954. Playing a Read more

Bobby Rydell - 59% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Ridarelli, 26 April 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Probably the most musically talented of the late 50s Philadelphia school of clean-cut teen-idols, Rydell first performed in public as a drummer at the age of seven. At nine he debuted on Paul Whiteman’s Teen Club amateur television show and was the show’s regular drummer for three years. He attended Read more

Pat Boone - 58% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Eugene Patrick Boone, 1 June 1934, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Boone sold more records during the late 50s than any other artist except Elvis Presley. From 1955 to date, only six artists (Presley, the Beatles, James Brown, Elton John, Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder) are ranked above him in terms of total singles sales and their relative chart positions. Boone had a Read more

Ral Donner - 58% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ralph Stuart Donner, 10 February 1943, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 6 April 1984, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Donner had a short string of US chart singles in the early 60s, most notably the number 4 ‘You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It)’. He began singing in church in his teens and formed his first band at the age of 13, and began touring two yea Read more

Gene Vincent - 51% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vincent Eugene Craddock, 11 February 1935, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, d. 12 October 1971, Newhall, California, USA. One of the original bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll, the self-destructive Vincent was involved in a motorcycle crash in July 1955 and his left leg was permanently damaged. Discharged from the US Navy, he began appearing on country music radio and came under th Read more

Frankie Avalon - 50% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francis Avallone, 18 September 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This photogenic 50s teen idol started as a trumpet-playing child prodigy. His first recordings in 1954 were the instrumentals ‘Trumpet Sorrento’ and ‘Trumpet Tarantella’ on X-Vik Records (an RCA Records subsidiary). In the mid-50s, he appeared on many television and radio shows includin Read more

Ricky Nelson - 49% match to Tommy Sands

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Hilliard Nelson, 8 May 1940, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA, d. 31 December 1985, De Kalb, Texas, USA. Nelson came from a showbusiness family. His father, Ozzie Nelson, formed a popular dance band in the 1930s. The band featured singer Harriet Hilliard, who became Ozzie Nelson’s wife in 1935. The couple had their own US radio show, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, wh Read more


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