Debbie Reynolds

About Tammy

"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 Oscar 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. The version that used for the film's main titles was a hit for the Ames Brothers; there have also been several other cover versions of the 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. 


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I hear the cottonwoods whisperin' above
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy's in love
The old hootie owl hootie-hoo's to the dove
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy's in love
Does my lover feel what I feel when he comes near?
My heart beats so joyfully
You'd think that he could hear
Wish I knew if he knew what I'm dreaming of
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy's in love

Whippoorwill, whippoorwill, you and I know
Tammy, Tammy can't let him go
The breeze from the bayou keeps murmuring low
Tammy, Tammy, you love him so
When the night is warm, soft and warm
I long for his charms
I'd sing like a violin
If I were in his arms
Wish I knew if he knew what I'm dreaming of
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy's in love

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Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. more »

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Written by: Jay Livingston, Raymond B. Evans

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10 facts about this song

Record Ascendancy
"Tammy" was a number one hit song sung by Debbie Reynolds in 1957. It was on top of the Billboard pop chart for five weeks and was also a number 2 hit in the UK.
Movie Association
The song "Tammy" is best known for its inclusion in the film "Tammy and the Bachelor," where it was performed by Debbie Reynolds.
Awards and Nominifications
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1957 but lost to "All the Way" from "The Joker Is Wild."
Record Sales
Debbie Reynold's version of the song sold over a million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.
Song Writer
The song was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
Collaboration Cover
Another noteworthy version of "Tammy" was recorded by The Ames Brothers in 1957.
Chart Impact
Despite being covered by several artists, Reynold's version remained the most popular and impactful on the charts.
Lyrics Interpretation
The song's lyrics depict the euphoria of first love and innocent admiration from a young woman's perspective, thought to be in line with the character Tammy's persona in the movie.
Influence on Popular Culture
Over the years, the song "Tammy" has been used frequently in popular culture, with references and performances in films and shows like "The Simpsons," "M*A*S*H," and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
Various Covers
Other than Debbie Reynolds and The Ames Brothers, the song was also covered by a variety of artists, including Connie Francis, Andy Williams, and Bing Crosby.

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