White Silver Sands (OJ, 1957)
White Silver Sands was written by Charles “Red” Matthews in 1957 and partially authored by Gladys Reinhart. American comedian/drummer and singer Dave Gardner had a top 20 hit with White Silver Sands after an initial release from mostly ballad singer Don Rondo who took the song to #7. Gardner meanwhile had a bigger career on his hands due to his comedic routines between songs. He released 14 comedy albums as Brother Dave Gardner until a 1962 arrest for marijuana possession and changing public tastes and an unwillingness to update his style and finally tax evasion charges in the 1970s derailed his career. He mounted a comeback in the 1980s with performing and speaking engagements, mostly on college campuses. Gardner died September 22, 1983 of a massive heart attack on the film set of Chain Gang. He was 57 years old.