The song was written by Tommy Roe. In 1962 it was a #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, in Australia, and in Canada. It went to #3 in the U.K. The influence of Buddy Holly is evident, with shades of “Peggy Sue.”
Tommy Roe, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, is a singer and songwriter and has achieved several RIAA gold records for his songs. He has teamed up for projects with Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. One bit of trivia is that he appeared in an episode of the TV show Green Acres. Tommy Roe is seen as one of the archetypel bubblegum artists of the 1960s. He also had hits with “Everybody,” ” Sweet Pea,” “Dizzy,” and Jam Up and Jelly Tight.” He continued to tour and perform for many decades.
[…] known for songs in the bubble gum genre as well as his rock music. Roe had hits with “Sheila,” Everybody,” “The Folk Singer,” “Sweet Pea,” and “Jam Up […]