Song of the Day: Sandy Nelson, “Teen Beat”

Sandy Nelson was a session drummer who played on a number of hits in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, including The Hollywood Argyles’ "Alley Oop" and "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by Phil Spector’s Teddy Bears. "Teen Beat" was his first release, and it went to #4 and earned a gold record. Signing with Imperial Records, he released a number of songs, including "Let There Be Drums" (which reached #7 in the US) and "Drums Are My Beat." He lost his right foot and part of his right leg in a motorcycle accident in late 1963, but continued to play and record, and continues experimenting on keyboards and piano.

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