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 made its debut in the film Tammy and the Bachelor. It was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for Best Original Song. "Tammy" is heard in the film in two versions. The one that became a number one hit single for Debbie Reynolds in 1957 is heard midway through the film, and was a UK No. 2 hit single in the same year. It was also a successful hit for the Ames Brothers (their version is heard over the film's main titles), and there have been several other cover versions of this song.

The song's title served as the inspiration for Berry Gordy's first record label. In 1959, Gordy set up a new record company, and wanted to call it "Tammy Records" after the song, but the name was taken and "Tamla" was chosen instead. The main Motown label was created later that year and the two labels were incorporated into the Motown Record Corporation in 1960. Tamla served as a primary R&B and soul subsidiary throughout Motown's existence.

Debbie Reynolds version

The most popular version, by actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, was released by Coral Records as catalog number 61851. The backing orchestrations were done by Joseph Gershinson. It first reached the Billboard charts on July 22, 1957, and peaked at No. 1 on all the US 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

A recording by the Ames Brothers (as aforementioned, is heard over the film's main titles) 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 No. 5; on the Best Seller chart, at No. 24; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached No. 29.[1] On the Cash Box charts, where all versions were combined, the song reached No. 1.

Other versions


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  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. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 22, 2017. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Sergio Franchi – Women In My Life". 
  6. ^ "Discography List". 
  7. ^ "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
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