“Mr. Sandman” was written by song-writer Pat Ballard and first recorded by The Chordettes. It became the first hit for them, staying at #1 for an amazing seven weeks in 1954 and launching their career. The Chordettes eventually went on to peek into the Top-40 nine times total. This is going to sound strange in the Internet Age, but back in the 1950s they had “fan clubs.” A central organization would have a president and send out a newsletter. The Chordettes had one headquartered from Union City, New Jersey by one Jody Destefano. Yes, there were fans trading messages back and forth before anyone heard of the Internet.