18 Songs, 47 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings

Original mixes, great fidelity

Absolutely the original mixes you heard on the radio when they were hits. Great memories. Great stuff.

Here Comes Mars!

Don't worry, these are the originals

In contrast to most of the Tommy Roe listings on I-Tunes, these are the originals. Thank you very much I -Tunes.

In the early 60s Tommy Roe sounded like Buddy Holly and toured with the then emerging Beatles in England. In the late 60s he came back with a couple of very good bubble gum hits. These are the best bets for cherry pickers--"Dizzy" and "Sweat Pea." I can still remember when "Jam Up and Jelly Tight", another late 60s bubble gum hit, was released and how it seemed mildly scandalous to my seventh grade friends. Well, even now it's a bit crude, in a ham-handed, adolescent sorta way. Possibly download-worthy as a social document and pretty catchy song.

All in all this is not great music, but so what -- those of us of a certain age will benefit by having a couple of these in our iTunes libraries.



great cd

About 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

Atlanta, GA
May 9, 1942




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