Let There Be Drums

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"Let There Be Drums"
Single by Sandy Nelson
from the album Let There Be Drums
B-side "Quite a Beat"
Released September 1961 [U.S.][1]
Genre Surf
Length 2:14
Label Imperial
Songwriter(s) Sandy Nelson, Richard Podolor

"Let There Be Drums" is a 1961 instrumental composed by American drummer Sandy Nelson and guitarist Richard Podolor, who later became a renowned record producer. The piece is a guitar and drums duet and is an early example of surf music. It was released as a Sandy Nelson single on Imperial Records and was a charted hit, reaching No.7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] and No.9 on the U.S. Cash Box charts (weeks of 2 December and 16 December 1961).[3] Nelson's "Let There Be Drums" was an Australian No.1 single for a week (week of 20 January 1962)[4] and peaked at No.3 on the U.K. singles chart during the weeks of 4–10 January and 18–24 January 1962,[5] becoming the 50th best-selling single in the U.K. during the calendar year 1962.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sandy Nelson "Let There Be Drums"". www.45cat.com. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sandy Nelson: Billboard Singles". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles: Week ending DECEMBER 16, 1961". Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Australia No.1 Hits [of the] 1960's". World Charts. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Official [U.K.] Singles Chart Top 50: 04 January-10 January 1962". The Official U.K. Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1962 [in the U.K.]". www.sixtiescity.net. Retrieved 2 January 2017.