- Tommy Roe
Tommy Roe, born
May 9, 1942is an American pop musicsinger/songwriter.
Born Thomas David Roe in
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, he was raised in Atlanta, Georgiawhere he attended Brown High School and participated in 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.
Roe had a Billboard No.1 hit record hit in the United States and in
Australiain 1962 with the song, "Sheila" and the following year scored a Top 10 hit with "Everybody", which reached #3, and the critically acclaimed "The Folk Singer" written by Merle Kilgorewas also popular. The song "Everybody" was playing on Dallas radio station KLIF when one of the first bulletins about the shooting of President Kennedy was aired Nov. 22, 1963. Following the enormously successful tour of the United Kingdomby friend Roy Orbison, Tommy Roe toured there and then moved to England where he lived for several years. In 1965, he and Jerry Lee Lewiscombined with Orbison to create an LP for the Pickwick International label. During the 1960s, he had several more top forty hits, including 1966's #6 hit "Hooray for Hazel" and #8 hit "Sweet Pea". In 1969, his song "Dizzy" went to No.1 on the UK Singles Chartas well as to Billboard's No.1 in the USA. His final Top 10 single, "Jam Up and Jelly Tight", peaked at #8 in 1970.
A resident of
Beverly Hills, California, Roe is married to Josette Banzet, an actress from Francewho won a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Awardfor her performance in the 1976 television mini-series, " Rich Man, Poor Man".
In 1986, Tommy Roe was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Although his style of music declined in popularity with the 1970s mass market, Tommy Roe maintained a following and continued to perform at a variety of concert venues, sometimes with sixties nostalgia rock and rollers such as Freddy Cannonand Bobby Vee.
=Partial discography (singles)=
*"The Folk Singer" (1963)
*"Sweet Pea" (1966)
*"Hooray for Hazel" (1966)
*"It's Now Winter's Day (1966)
*"Let's Dance" (1969)
*"Heather Honey" (1969)
*"Jack And Jill" (1969)
*"Jam Up and Jelly Tight" (1970)
* [http://www.rocksite.info/r-video-tommy-roe-2002-bb256.htm Video of Tommy Roe performing in Palm Springs, California in 2002]
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