Hello, Tommy Roe was born on May 9, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a rock and roll singer/songwriter who charted many big hits between 1962 and 1973. He formed a band, The Satins at Brown High School and worked local dances in the late 1950s. He recorded for Judd Records in 1960, but did not have any hit records for the label.
In 1962 with his producer Felton Jarvis, Tommy Recorded a new version of a song originally recorded at Judd Records, that song was…SHEILA. His updated recording on ABC-Paramount Records made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on July 28, 1962. SHEILA was a huge hit not only in the US where it became a #1 hit, but in Australia and Canada where it also was #1. SHEILA was #3 on the UK Singles Chart and #9 in Germany. Tommy’s first hit record…a world-wide chart-topper, sold over a million records and he was awarded his first “Gold Record”.
Tommy followed up his million seller in October with SUSIE DARLIN’ a re-make of the Robin Luke hit from 1958, it reached #35 on the Hot 100. In May of 1963 he charted a minor hit in the US with THE FOLK SINGER, charting at #84, but the record became a Top 10 hit in the UK, charting at #4. He was back in the Top 10 with his October of 1963 hit EVERYBODY, the single charted at #3 on the Hot 100 and reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart.
His next Top 10 hit charted in June of 1966, SWEET PEA became a #8 hit in the US and went to #1 in Canada. The single also became Tommy Roe’s second million-seller. In September, he was back on the charts with another big hit, HOORAY FOR HAZEL. His latest hit reached #6 on the Hot 100 and became a #2 hit on the Canadian charts. His next big record charted in the US in February of 1969 and is considered his biggest hit single. DIZZY became a world-wide hit for Tommy, charting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Canadian singles chart and #1 on the UK Singles Chart. Tommy also charted #2 in Australia and #4 in Germany with his third “Gold Record”, DIZZY. The single sold over 2 million copies world-wide. Tommy had yet another Top 10 US hit in 1969 with JAM UP AND JELLY TIGHT, charting at #8 on the Hot 100, #5 in Canada and #4 in Australia. JAM UP AND JELLY TIGHT became his fourth “Gold Record”.
He would continue to chart records through 1973. His last Top 40 hit was a re-make of the Lloyd Price classic…STAGGER LEE. Tommy’s version would chart at #25. Tommy Roe had moved to Great Britain in the mid 1960s and returned to the US in 1969. He is considered by some, “bubblegum” because of the smooth sounds of some of his hits, but don’t be fooled…he was not a “bubblegum artist” all the time. He could sing a rocker…SHEILA…EVERYBODY or a ballad…IT’S NOW A WINTERS DAY…with the best of his contemporaries.
Tommy Roe was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and was selected to be a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He has sold over 30 million records world-wide. His music is heard today on oldies stations across the US and he is a big part of the great sounds, from that time in pop music, we refer to as the GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL.
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Till the next time—Joe