Tommy Roe has today’s almost forgotten track

Outside it’s chilling but inside it’s thrilling…not one of the greatest couplets of all time, but perfectly appropriate for this Tommy Roe song…Roe was one of the earliest bubblegum music stars, known for such throwaway big hits as Dizzy, Hooray For Hazel and others like the execrable Jam Up and Jelly Tight, but after all those simplistic tracks he came up with this one which made him seem just a smidgen deeper, and, at the time, it became an atypical hit for him…still love this song…


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then.

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Published on January 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


January 10, 2018 - 4:01 am

Rocker Rich

How better to combat insomnia…than comment on Tommy Roe. He experienced a dry patch after topping the charts in 1962 with Sheila. He (intentionally) sounded like a reincarnated Buddy Holly! Time passed and there was precious little Buddy and plenty of Bubble…gum when he churned out catchy hit after catchy hit in ‘68/‘69.

Just like ciggies, bubblegum was a hard addiction to beat after you’ve just tried one. Back in ‘68 my “one” was Down At Lulu’s by Ohio Express. After that I jonesd mightily to stop from buying more.

And I succeeded! Yes I did!! Cross my heart, I mean it!!!! Yessiree, I found the will to beat that filthy habit!!!!

Although…I sure looked mournfully at Tommy Roe singles like Dizzy and Hooray For Hazel, when they were mounted on record-store walls for easy access by sales clerks. The toughest Roe temptation to resist? Sweet Pea. Even now, whenever I hear that one while driving…I’m a menace.

January 13, 2018 - 6:37 pm


I met Tommy when he was in Seattle. He had just recorded this song and gave me an acetate copy. Thank you, Tommy.

January 13, 2018 - 6:58 pm

Greg Simpson

Cool story Will…thank you for sharing…

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