Tammy – Debbie Reynolds

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on August 17th of 1957 actress Debbie Reynolds led the Cashbox chart with “Tammy”, featured in the movie Tammy and the Bachelor. The song would go on to earn a Gold Record and was the best selling single of the year. It was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to “All The Way” from the film The Joker Is Wild, which finished at #15 in total sales. This song was composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, whose work together include “Mona Lisa,” the Christmas song “Silver Bells,” Doris Day’s hit “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be),” and several songs from movies that were released by Paramount Pictures.This was the love theme from the film Tammy and the Bachelor, the first of four films about a naive but polite young woman from Mississippi named Tambrey “Tammy” Tyree. Debbie Reynolds played the title role in the first Tammy film. Other artists who have covered this song include the Ames Brothers, Polly Bergen, Michael Feinstein, Jens Lekman, and Trini Lopez. “Tammy” spent five weeks #1 on the US pop charts and was the biggest-selling record by any female in 1957. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, wanted to call his label Tammy in honor of this record. However, that name was taken, and he was forced to amend the name to Tamla. This was the only US #1 single by a female act between July 1956 and February 1958. The movie theme reached #2 in the UK.