Tommy Roe (b. May 9, 1942) is a pop/rock singer and songwriter who became famous during the 1960s. Although he is best known for his long string of upbeat bubblegum hits during the latter part of that decade, he began his career as a mostly rock and roll/rockabilly singer in which influences from such 1950s icons as Buddy Holly can be heard in some of his earliest songs. Roe is a prolific songwriter who, in addition to penning most of his own hits, also wrote/co-wrote songs for such bands and artists as Freddy Cannon, The Movers, Billy Joe Royal, and The Tams.
Born Thomas David Roe in Atlanta, Georgia, he began writing songs and playing the guitar by the time he was in his early teens and landed his first record contract shortly after graduating high school. He spent much of the early 1960s touring England and amassed a substantial following on both sides of the Atlantic. Roe joined the Army Reserve in 1964, and upon his return in 1966, began reinventing his style to differentiate himself from other performing artists in response to changes in the pop music scene that had occurred while he was in service. He became one of the first to record in a then-new genre that would come to be known as bubblegum pop.
Roe made his national debut in 1962 with "Sheila" which became a smash hit worldwide, topped the U.S., Canadian, and Australian charts and also reaching #3 on the U.K. charts. Other hits through the mid 1960s included "Susie Darlin'" (1962), "The Folk Singer" (1963), and the rockabilly-styled "Everybody" (1963). Roe kicked off his long string of bubblegum hits in 1966 with "Sweet Pea" and "Hooray For Hazel," both of which made the Top 10 and became among his best known songs along with the chart-topping "Dizzy" (1969). Other hits included "It's Now Winters Day" (1966), "Heather Honey" (1969), "Jack And Jill" (1969), "Jam Up Jelly Tight" (1969), "Stir It Up And Serve It" (1970), "Pearl" (1970), "We Can Make Music" (1970), and his cover of the R&B/American folk standard, "Stagger Lee" (1971).
Roe's many honors and accolades include being inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and, in 1986, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He has maintained an active following over the years and continues to tour and record to this day.
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- Come On 1964
- Dizzy 1969
(This song topped the charts.)
- Dottie I Like It 1968
- Everybody 1963
- The Folk Singer 1963
- Heather Honey 1969
- Hooray For Hazel 1966
- It's Now Winters Day 1966
- Jack And Jill 1969
- Jam Up Jelly Tight 1969
- Party Girl 1964
- Pearl 1970
- Sheila 1962
(This song, which is reminiscent of Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," topped the charts.)
- Stagger Lee 1971
(This song (a.k.a. "Stag-O-Lee") previously topped the charts for Lloyd Price (1959) and also became a hit for Wilson Pickett (1967).)
- Stir It Up And Serve It 1970
- Sweet Pea 1966
- We Can Make Music 1970
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