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. "Tammy" became a number one hit single for Debbie Reynolds and was also a successful hit for the Ames Brothers. There have been several other cover versions of this song.

Debbie Reynolds version[edit]

The most popular version, by actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, was released by Coral Records as catalog number 61851. It first reached the Billboard charts on July 22, 1957 and peaked at number 1 on all the charts: the Disk Jockey chart, the Best Seller chart, and the composite chart of the top 100 songs.[1] The single "Tammy" earned her a gold record.[2] It is featured in the films The Long Day Closes, 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".

The Ames Brothers version[edit]

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 charts on July 22, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at number 5; on the Best Seller chart, at number 24; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached number 29.[1] On the Cash Box charts, where all versions were combined, the song reached number 1.

Other versions[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. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London, UK: Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ "The Polly Bergen Show". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sergio Franchi – Women In My Life". 
  5. ^ "Discography List". 
  6. ^ "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