“Pop” music was very much part of my generation, it was not all Blues, Soul and R&B. Here was a Young Man, from Atlanta Georgia, that was a singer, songwriter and guitarist and was very popular…
1. Sheila/ ABC-Para. 10329/ August 1962/ #1 (2)
2. Susie Darlin’/ ABC-Para. 10362/ November 1962/ #35
3. Everybody/ ABC-Para. 10478/ October 1963/ #3
4. Come On/ ABC-Para. 10515/ February 1964/ #36
5. Sweet Pea/ ABC 10762/ July 1966/ #8
6. Hooray for Hazel/ ABC 10852/ October 1966/ #6
7. It’s Now Winters Day/ ABC 10888/ January 1967/ #23
8. Dizzy/ ABC 11164/ February 1969/ #1 (4)
9. Heather Honey/ ABC 11211/ May 1969/ #29
10. Jam Up Jelly Tight/ ABC 11247/ December 1969/ #8
11. Stagger Lee/ ABC 11307/ September 1971/ #25
Gary: Although I was not a huge Tommy Roe fan, I did purchase and enjoy, Everybody and Stagger Lee.
Tommy Roe, born May 9, 1942 is an American pop music singer/songwriter.
Born Thomas David Roe in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, he was raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Brown High School and was part of the band.
Greatly influenced by the sounds of the late Buddy Holly, Tommy Roe developed a unique style that, combined with his All-American clean-cut image, made him a popular musical performer throughout the 1960s. In April of 1961 he became a father to daughter Cynthia; he now has 3 grandchildren.
Roe had a Billboard No.1 hit record hit in the United States and in Australia in 1962 with the song, “Sheila” and the following year scored two Top 10 hits with “Everybody” and the critically acclaimed “The Folk Singer” written by Merle Kilgore.
Following the enormously successful tour of the United Kingdom by friend Roy Orbison, Tommy Roe toured there and then moved to England where he lived for several years.
In 1965, he and Jerry Lee Lewis combined with Orbison to create an LP for the Pickwick International label. During the 1960s, he had several more top forty hits.
In 1969, his song “Dizzy” went to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart as well as to Billboard’s No.1 in the USA. His final Top 40 single was “Jam Up and Jelly Tight” in 1970.
A resident of Beverly Hills, California, Roe is married to Josette Banzet, an actress from France who won a Golden Globe Award for best supporting for her performance in the 1976 television mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man. His daughter Cynthia still resides in Georgia with her family.