Song of the Day Nov 23

November 23, 2023

Today our song is: Sheila by Tommy Roe

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

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

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 backing 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, drumming, 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.





  1. Oh wow does this sound a lot like Buddy Holly. It's fun but wow...very close to Peggy Sue

  2. MMQE ~

    I hope you have a very nice and memorable Thanksgiving Day with good peoples.

    I've been a vegetarian since 1985, but that won't prevent me from having [Link> Turkey today!

    For as long as I live, I will NEVER be able to hear the name Sheila without immediately thinking of Roz Doyle in a hilarious episode of Frasier titled 'I'm Listening'. ("Sheila showed her the door." ... "Hey, I have no control over what Sheila does!")

    Get a goot juan, Mary!
    This might be a good day to watch 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles'. Or maybe even 'I'm listening'.

    ~ D-FensDogG


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