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Dizzy by Tommy Roe

Album: DizzyReleased: 1969Charted:
  • In this song, Tommy Roe gets a touch of vertigo every time he is near a girl who captivates him. At first, he's not sure what to do because other guys are always after her, but when he gets his chance and tells her how he feels, she kisses him and melts his heart. At this point, he's so dizzy he might need medical help.
  • This was a rare pop song with strings. The Beatles used strings on their 1965 hit "Yesterday," but it wasn't until the disco era when strings became common in pop.
  • Roe wrote this with Freddy Weller, who went on to become a country singer after a spell as one of Paul Revere's Raiders.
  • In 1962, Roe had his first, and only other US #1 hit with "Sheila," which he wrote when he was 14. He had another hit in 1970 with "Jam Up Telly Tight," then started recording country songs.
  • Tommy Roe (from 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh): "Freddy Weller and I had known each other in Atlanta. I was on a TV show with Paul Revere & The Raiders. They had lost their guitarist and I suggested Freddy as a replacement. He moved to California to be with them, and we started writing together. I showed him 'Dizzy.' I had written the chorus but couldn't complete it. Freddy loved it and said, 'Let's finish it,' and we did that on a tour bus late at night. Jimmy Haskell wrote the string arrangement and we had Hal Blaine on drums, Joe Osborn on bass, Ben Benay on guitar and Larry Knechtel on keyboards. You can't get better than that. It sold 6 million copies, 4 million of them in the States, and it was my biggest hit of all."
  • In 1991 British comedian Vic Reeves teamed up with the band The Wonder Stuff to record a cover version of this. In Britain it topped the charts for two weeks, one more week than Tommy Roe's original version.
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Comments: 17

On April 20th 1969, "Heather Honey" by Tommy Roe entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; five weeks later on May 25th, 1969 it would peak at #29 {for 1 week} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #6 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart and #9 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
His #1* record, "Dizzy", preceded "Heather Honey" on the Top 100, and it was at #9 when "Heather Honey" entered the Top 100 on April 20th...
* "Dizzy" had peaked at #1 {for 4 weeks} on March 9th, 1969...
Thomas David Roe will celebrate his 73rd birthday in nineteen days on May 9th {2015}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I grew up in the era of 8 track tapes and 45's and albums....my older brother had this 45 and I think I wore out the grooves....always a good song to hear when you think of your present or past honeyRick - Belfast, Me
Sorry, but I have heard countless 50's/60's pop songs with strings (even a handful by Buddy Holly). Certainly rare in ROCK music, but as far as POP is concerned, It's been done since the 30's.Matthew - Melbourne, Australia
I have a 45 vinyl copy of Dizzy which has "The You I need" on the B-side. This is my favourite song ever but I cannot get a download for my MP3 anywhere or find any reference to this song. Can you helpJules - Nottingham, United Kingdom
This song got me interested in oldies.Matthew - Melbourne, Australia
Excellent song.One of my all-time favorites.James - Yucaipa, Ca
I saw Tommy Roe in concert once in the nineties and he played guitar .He was very good. I definitely loved the drums in Dizzy.Anonymous
Tommy Roe was a drummer and played on his records.
It the song Dizzy that taught me the 2/4 on drums as a child. I later went on to a professional career... thanks Tommy.
-Doug,Gold Coast,Australia
Doug - Gold Coast, Australia
The strings in this song are what make it so good. They give it a really manic feel.Henry - Kingston, Ny
dirk, My Girl, Just My Imagination, The Long and Winding Road, Be My Baby, I Only Want To Be With You, jeeze why bother, eh? Yeah, I thought that was rather odd claim as well!! Maybe they mean strings but no other orchestral instruments? Who knows...Fyodor - Denver, Co
A mix of pysadellic music and disco. Good job!Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
I bet if we all think for three minutes we can come up with a few hundred Pre-Disco recordings with strings on them. I'll go first: Patches by Clarence Carter. To Sir with Love by Lulu.... Your turn.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
I liked this song when I was a kid. He also did a song called Sweet Pea that was good.Phil - Borrego Springs, Ca
What wasTommy Roe's drummer name?Gary - Albertville, Al
PS: Tommy was with ABC/Dunhill when he recorded "Dizzy". Steve Barry was one of the labels best and hottest producers, and, Jimmy Haskell (who's career went back to the Big Band Era) was the arranger. He was responsible for ALL of the 'String Sweetening' that permeated many of ABC/Dunhill's biggest hits including "Dizzy".Jonnie - St. Louis, Mo
"Dizzy" was one of the Most Played records of 1969
and was the BILLBOARD 'Record of the Year' in 1969.

I was at KAAY Radio in Little Rock at the time, and while on a vacation to L.A. in 1972 met Tommy Roe. A really nice guy who was very appreciative of every one in the Broadcast Industry. He was especially considerate of the 'in the trenches'
Music Directors and Air Personalities.
Jonnie - St. Louis, Mo
In an interview, Tommy Roe once said that "Dizzy" sold six million records.Clarke - Pittsburgh, Pa
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