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Sandy Nelson,

Sandy Nelson, born Sander Nelson in Santa Monica, Cali-fornia, on Dec. 1, 1938, attained considerable popularity in the early Sixties with a series of instrumentals which pitched his monotonous drumming against a solitary guitar playing menacing riffs. Originally a member of the same West Coast high school clique with Jan and Dean, Phil Spector and Nancy Sinatra, Nelson first played drums in an obscure local band called Kip Tyler and the Flips, which recorded for the Ebb and Challenge labels (ex-Beach Boy Bruce Johnston played piano).

In 1958, he played drums on the million-seller 'To Know Him Is To Love Him', by the Teddy Bears, with whom he also travelled during a cash-in tour. Turning to session work, he played on Gene Vincent's Crazy Times album (1959), shortly before recording 'Teen-beat' for the small Original Sound label. The record sold a million worldwide and Nelson immediately moved to the larger Imperial label where he had to wait two years for his second hit 'Let There Be Drums'.

Shortly before recording it, Nelson lost his left foot in a car crash but his drumming was unimpaired. During the Sixties, he recorded a series of near-Muzak instrumental albums covering a variety of contemporary themes but has not been active recently.


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Sandy Nelson: Drummin' Up A Storm - Compelling Percussion
Art-Nr.: CDC5641

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(1996/SEE FOR MILES) 16 tracks Imperial 1962 - last copies!

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Sandy Nelson: Golden Hits (1962) & Best Of The Beats (1963)
Art-Nr.: CDC5648

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(See For Miles) 24 tracks

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Sandy Nelson: Big Sixties Beat Party!
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1080

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(2005/ACE) 24 tracks 1965-69 Imperial Album & Single sides Many great supporting musicians are featured, including Gerry McGee (Ventures), Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Rene Hall, Jim Horn, Larry Knetchel, Al Casey, Don Randi, Mars Bonfire and Jim Messina.

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Sandy Nelson: Let There Be Drums - Plays Teen Beat (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVP80049

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(2014/Vinyl Passion) 21 Tracks - Two legendary albums on one!

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Sandy Nelson: The Very Best Of Sandy Nelson (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5902612

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(2003/EMI) 24 tracks (57:03) original 1960s Liberty masters - digital remastered.

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Sandy Nelson: Let There Be Drums - Drums Are My Beat
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5887

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(1997/COL) 25 tracks (65:22)

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Sandy Nelson: Big Sixties Frat Party!
Art-Nr.: CDLUX007

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(2012/ACE) 24 tracks (59:02) Imperial 1965-67 with 20 page booklet. Limited Edition (1.500 copies) Another fabulous collection of hot-rockin', foot-stompin', feel great instrumentals - most on CD for the first time!

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Sandy Nelson: Rock & Roll Drum Beat
Art-Nr.: CDCHD586

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