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Dizzy

by

Tommy Roe



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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. Weller 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.
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.
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 Osborne 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."
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Comments (16):

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 honey
- Rick, 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 help
- Jules, 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.
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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