Who was/is Sandy Nelson ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more

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.


More information about Sandy Nelson on
Sandy Nelson: Drummin' Up A Storm - Compelling Percussion (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC5641

Item in stock

(See For Miles) 16 tracks Imperial 1962   - Drummin' Up A Storm  became Sandy Nelson's fourth hit single and though it was a powerful sound indeed, it only rose to No.67 in the U.S. To be fair, the flip had also attracted attention and that too...

Instead of:$29.19 * $23.34 *

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

Item in stock

(See For Miles) 24 tracks (54:07) two original albums from 1962 and 1963  - Golden Hits (from the original sleeve notes) Every generation of music lovers has its own collection of favorite tunes. favored artists and special records. This has been ever since...

Instead of:$29.19 * $21.00 *

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

Item in stock

(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.

$18.66 *

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

Item in stock

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

$17.49 *

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

Item in stock

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

$16.32 *

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

Item in stock

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

$11.64 *

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

Item in stock

(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!

$21.00 *