Tommy Roe – Greatest Hits
• A collection of songs from the king of bubblegum pop Tommy Roe
• Originally released in 2001, this reissue includes the smash hits Sheila, Dizzy, Everybody and Jam Up and Jelly Tight
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.
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 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.
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.”
Jam Up and Jelly Tight
Crimson and Clover
Baby I Love You
Hooray For Hazel