1960 Larry Hall – Sandy
Larry Hall was born in Ohio and finished high school in California in the late fifties. He won a local talent contest that led to a meeting with Country music songwriter Terry Fell. Terry wrote Truck Driving Man, which was the first truck driving song on the Country charts back in 1954.
Terry wanted Larry to record a new song he had written, Sandy. He paid him $50 and got the single released by the small Hot record label in 1957.
Terry and his mother visited stations all over the country trying to get airplay but to no avail. The New York City-based licensed the record for national distribution and finally got the record picked up. Larry even appeared on American Bandstand.
The single began rising on the Hot 100 charts instead of the Country charts and reached #15 the first week of January 1960.
Larry released an album and five more singles, but nothing clicked. He left the music business, moved back West, and spent his life running a cattle ranch in Oregon.
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