Tommy Roe - Songs


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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