DEBBIE REYNOLDS–“TAMMY”

Hello,  Debbie Reynolds, the famous actress/singer, who starred in many movies in her career also had a few big hit records on the music charts.  She was born Mary Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas.  In 1951 she charted a #3 pop hit with ABA DABA HONEYMOON with Carleton Carpenter.  In 1957 she struck gold with a song that will forever be hers, TAMMY.  The song was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.  It debuted in the film “Tammy and the Bachelor”.  In 1957 it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Debbie Reynolds recording of TAMMY made its Billboard Top 100 debut on July 22, 1957 on Coral Records.  It was a huge record, becoming the #1 song on all the Billboard pop charts on September 2, 1957.  Debbie held the #1 chart position for 5 weeks and Tammy remained on the Top 100 for 31 weeks…that is a long, long time.  The record also became a #1 hit on the other major national chart, the Cash Box magazine best-selling record chart.  Tammy became #1 on August 17, 1957 and held the top spot for 6 weeks, through September 28, 1957.  The single record sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”.

Debbie Reynolds now had a gold record, for Tammy.  She had also starred in the movie…she was not only huge on the silver screen but with the record buying public.  Her follow-up record was also a hit.  On January 20, 1958, A VERY SPECIAL LOVE on Coral Records made its debut.  The single climbed to #20 on the Top 100 and became her second Top 100 hit of the rock era.

On January 18, 1960 her third hit entered the now Billboard Hot 100.  AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET on Dot Records became another Top 20 hit as it charted at #25 and remained on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks.  Her last chart hit made its debut on May 2, 1960 also on Dot Records.  CITY LIGHTS reached #55 on the Billboard chart.  She would continue to star in hit movies and have a career that is still far from over.

The Ames Brothers also had a #5 hit with their own version of Tammy on RCA Victor Records.  Their hit version charted on July 1, 1957 and remained on the Top 100 for 24 weeks.  Tammy is a  classic love song that has lived on oldies radio, where it remains a favorite.  On a personal note, I liked the song so much that I choose “Tammy” to be my daughter’s name…

Tammy by Debbie Reynolds is not just a song from a movie that became a #1 hit, it is a song of love…a timeless classic, that lives in that magical era of music, known as the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe

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