Tommy Roe - Sheila

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  "Sheila" is a song written and recorded by Tommy Roe. The single reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 1, 1962, remaining in the top position for two weeks and peaking at number six on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart.

 

Background

Roe originally conceived the song as "Frita", based on a girl from Roe's high school. The song was auditioned to a record producer from Judd Records, and while response was enthusiastic, it was suggested that the name be changed. By coincidence, Roe's Aunt Sheila was visiting, which inspired the final title of "Sheila." The original version of the song was recorded by Roe for Judd in 1960 (misspelled as "Shelia") and backed by another original song, "Pretty Girl". The songs were recorded with his then cacking group the Satins and the female vocal group, the Flamingos. The record failed to make an impact on the charts. The song was later featured on the compilation album Whirling with Tommy Roe in 1961, featuring tracks from Al Tornello. It was also included on the compilation, "The Young Lovers" in 1962.

The ABC recording of the song is done in the style of the Lubbock sound, made popular by Buddy Holly and the Crickets in the late 1950s; the strumming pattern, tempo, and chords (both songs are in the key of A) bear particularly strong resemblance to the Crickets' “Peggy Sue"; Roe's vocals are similar to Holly's. The song became the title track of Tommy Roe's debut studio album, "Sheila" in 1962.

In 1969, Roe was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America with a gold records for accumulated sales of over one million copies.

 

Chart positions

Year Title / Songwriter(s) UK AUS CAN U.S. GER RIAA Certification
1962 "Sheila" (Tommy Roe) 3 1 1 1 9 Gold

 

 

 

Tommy Roe - Sheila / Save Your Kisses

UK His Master's Voice 45-POP 1060 (1962).

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays no signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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