White Silver Sands

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White Silver Sands
by Charles 'Red' Matthews
Year1957 (1957)

"White Silver Sands" is a popular song. The words and music were written in 1957 by Charles 'Red' Matthews, although partial authorship is also claimed by Gladys Reinhart.

The song was a hit for Don Rondo in the summer of 1957, and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Charts. An uptempo number, it was Rondo's second hit, and a contrast to the ballads he had recorded up to that point.

Versions have also been recorded by Dave Gardner and the Owen Bradley Quintet (also in 1957), and Bill Black's Combo in 1960. The latter version reached #7 in the Billboard Pop Chart and #1 on the R&B chart.[1] The Ventures recorded an instrumental version for their 1961 album The Colorful Ventures. Ace Cannon recorded an instrumental version for his 1967 album Memphis Golden Hits. Sonny James revived the Argentine-themed song in 1972. The record hit the top five on Billboard's country chart. Pop singer Ronnie Dove also recorded the song for his 1973 country album on MCA Records. In the U.K. Mouldy Old Dough by Lieutenant Pigeon which made number one in the Official U.K. Singles Chart, bears strong similarities to this song.

Chart position[edit]

Don Rondo[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
Australian Singles Chart 2

Bill Black[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 1
U.K. Singles Chart 50

Sonny James[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[2] 5
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by
"Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
(The Bill Black Combo version)

April 25, 1960 – May 16, 1960
Succeeded by
"Doggin' Around" by Jackie Wilson


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 60.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 172.