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Tommy Roe

Widely perceived as one of the archetypal bubblegum artists of the late '60s, Tommy Roe cut some pretty decent rockers along the way, especially early in his career -- many displaying some pretty prominent Buddy Holly roots. In fact, Roe's initial pop smash, 1962's chart-topping "Sheila," was quite reminiscent of Holly's "Peggy Sue," utilizing a very similar throbbing drumbeat and Roe's hiccuping vocal. The singer had previously cut the song for the smaller Judd label before remaking it in superior form for ABC-Paramount. The infectious "Everybody" -- another hot item the next year -- was waxed in Muscle Shoals at Rick Hall's Fame studios, normally an R&B-oriented facility (it's not widely known that Roe wrote songs for the Tams, a raw-edged soul group from his Atlanta hometown). Once Roe veered off on his squeaky-clean bubblegum tangent, he stuck with it for the rest of the decade. His lighthearted "Sweet Pea" and "Hooray for Hazel" burned up the charts in 1966, and he was still at it three years later when he waxed his biggest hit, "Dizzy," and "Jam Up Jelly Tight." ~ Bill Dahl
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There was a race to promote anyone who could sing with a Holly hiccup....
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"...quite reminiscent. . . . " I was a bit less generous when, at age five (few weeks shy of six), I first heard "Sheila" come on KRTH 101, and I yelled, "WAIT...this guy just gets to steal from Buddy, and that's allowed?!?" Yeah, first name basis back then with my first loves. We then popped in my favorite mixtape and resumed a blissful drive and visit to Olvera Street. So, thankfully, no lasting emotional scarring. Okay, just a trace.
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He is good - good range of music
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freak33460
i love bubble gum music. grew up on it. nice and bouncy. can't beat it
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johnnyohania n
With Pandora you take them as you get them, and what a cacophony of crap. Thumps down on this one.
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His early work was great but once he went Bubblegum, he lost me. What a musical abomination that type of music was. Although it still is better than Rap. Which isn't music....
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buddy holly does better version. just my personal opinion
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NOTHING LIKE THIS IN 0buma REGIME CAN BE CRIATED
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I'm not from the 60s era, but I would naturally go for this. Melodic structure in the music is really something.
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Wasn't Sweet Pea in Popeye Cartoons? Where is Bluto's song ??
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always loved The Beatles version of "That'll be the Day"!! Tommy Roe
sounds great too (never heard it before)
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chuckconnie
This music is ageless!!
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it beats working in a packing house thanks Mr. Roe
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willy.57
Love 'Sheila' and 'Sweet Pea' especially. Yes, he was very talented.
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hobbit_child 2 0 0 4
INcredible!! he sounds JUST like Buddy Holly in "Tomboy!!!"
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Tommy really has a wide range. He started off singing and writing R&B and ended his popular career with catchy bubble gum songs that sold millions. Quite a talent!
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I STILL LOVE THIS KIND OF MUSIC ,AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
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Enjoyed him then, enjoy him now. --Phil

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