Tammy (song)

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"Tammy" is a popular song with music by Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans. It was published in 1957 and debuted in the film Tammy and the Bachelor. It was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The most popular version, by Debbie Reynolds, was released by Coral Records as catalog number 61851. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on July 22, 1957 and peaked at #1 on all the charts: the Disk Jockey chart, the Best Seller chart, and the composite chart of the top 100 songs.[1] It featured in the soundtracks of The Big Lebowski, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and was sampled in the song "A Different Feeling" by Australian electronic band The Avalanches on their 2000 album "Since I Left You".

Polly Bergen sang "Tammy" on the premiere episode of her short-lived 1957-1958 comedy/variety show, The Polly Bergen Show, aired on NBC on September 21, 1957.[2]

A recording by The Ames Brothers also charted. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 47-6930. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on July 22, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at #5; on the Best Seller chart, at #24; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached #29.[1] On the Cash Box magazine charts, where all versions were combined, the song reached #1.

Andy Williams released a version on his 1962 album, Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing.

Sergio Franchi returned to England in 1963 to record this song with conductor Wally Stott on his RCA Victor Red Seal album Women in My Life.[3] A Trini Lopez version of "Tammy" was recorded for his LP The Love Album (Reprise Records R-6165).[4] In 2002, the song was recorded by Michael Feinstein for his album, Livingston And Evans Songbook. Swedish singer/songwriter, Jens Lekman recorded a version of the song on his 2005 Australian tour EP You Deserve Someone Better Than a Bum Like Me.[5]

Olivia Newton-John has stated that her performance of "Hopelessly Devoted to You" in the movie Grease is inspired by Debbie Reynolds' performance of "Tammy" in Tammy and the Bachelor.

Nancy Sinatra has covered the song.

The song was also recorded by Graham Bond in the 60's.

After seeing the film Tammy and the Bachelor at the age of 12, Thomasina Montgomery changed her name to 'Tammy' and would later become Motown singer Tammi Terrell.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel: The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th Rev. edition ed.), New York: Watson-Guptill Publications ISBN 978-0-823-07690-1
  2. ^ "The Polly Bergen Show". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sergio Franchi – Women In My Life". 
  4. ^ "Discography List". 
  5. ^ "EP's and singles". 
Preceded by
"(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley
Billboard Top 100 number one single
(Debbie Reynolds version)

September 2, 1957 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers
Preceded by
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

August 17, 1957–September 28, 1957
Succeeded by
"Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers