Sandy Nelson

Sander Nelson was born, in December of 1938, in Santa Monica, California. He attended the same high school as Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who were also to have success in the recording industry, under the name of Jan and Dean.

A drummer, Sandy played on many recordings by other artists as well as achieving success in his own right, as a solo performer. Of these, “Teen Beat” peaked at No.4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, in 1959, selling in excess of a million copies.

“Teen Beat” was followed, in 1961, by “Let There Be Drums” (No.7) and “Drums Are My Beat”(No.29). Sandy struggled to chart after that and an accident suffered while riding his motorcycle, did not help. His right foot and a part of that leg had to be amputated.

In spite of this, Sandy continued to record into the early 1970s. In all, he released more than thirty albums.

The names of more of my favourite recordings appear in the suggested playlists. I shall be adding to it from time to time.

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