White Silver Sands

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"White Silver Sands"
Single by Don Rondo
B-side"Stars Fell on Alabama"
ReleasedJune 1957
GenreTraditional pop
Songwriter(s)Charles 'Red' Matthews
Don Rondo singles chronology
"To Belong"
"White Silver Sands"
"Forsaking All Others"

"White Silver Sands" is a popular song. The words and music were written in 1957 by Charles 'Red' Matthews, although partial authorship is also claimed by Gladys Reinhart.

The song was a hit for Don Rondo in the summer of 1957, and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Charts. An uptempo number, it was Rondo's second hit, and a contrast to the ballads he had recorded up to that point.

Cover versions[edit]

Other recorded versions are:

  • Dave Gardner
  • Owen Bradley Quintet, both these versions were recorded in 1957.
  • Bill Black's Combo in 1960, whose version reached number 7 in the Billboard Pop Chart and number 1 on the R&B chart.[1]
  • The Ventures recorded an instrumental version for their 1961 album The Colorful Ventures.
  • Ace Cannon recorded an instrumental version for his 1967 album Memphis Golden Hits.
  • Sonny James revived the Argentine-themed song in 1972. The record hit the top five on Billboard's country chart.
  • Pop singerRonnie Dove also recorded the song for his 1973 country album on MCA Records.
  • In the UK, "Mouldy Old Dough" by Lieutenant Pigeon which made number one in the UK Singles Chart, bears strong similarities to this song.{{citation needed|date=April 2021}
  • Ray Coniff also recorded a lounge style version in 1974.

Chart position[edit]

Don Rondo[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
Australian Singles Chart 2

Bill Black[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 1
U.K. Singles Chart 50

Sonny James[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[2] 5
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by
"Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
(The Bill Black Combo version)

April 25, 1960 – May 16, 1960
Succeeded by
"Doggin' Around" by Jackie Wilson


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 60. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 172. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)