San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Tommy is a multifaceted international artist who wrote, co-wrote, and recorded, six top ten hits between 1962, and 1969, more than any other single artist/songwriter during this period of the 60's, with four RIAA certified gold records, and two of his hits, "SHEILA" and "DIZZY," topping the Billboard chart at #1. Tommy had a total of eleven records reach the Billboard top forty, and twenty three Billboard top 100 chart records. With similar chart success in England, and throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, Tommy is considered one of the early pioneers of American pop culture.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia USA, Tommy started singing and writing songs at the age of fourteen. In high school, Tommy, and two friends, Mike Clark and Bobby West, formed a band called The Satins. In addition to neighborhood gigs, Tommy and The Satins played high school dances, and fraternity parties at Georgia Tech, and the university of Georgia. It was during this time that Tommy met Felton Jarvis, who would soon become his producer.
In February, 1962, Tommy along with Felton Jarvis, and his new manager, Bill Lowery, drove from Atlanta to Nashville, and recorded two songs; "Save Your Kisses," and "Sheila." The single was released, and "Sheila" soon became the number one hit around the world. Little did Tommy know, this would be the beginning of a career that would propel him into the spotlight for life.
In 1986, Tommy was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and joined a prestigious list of talented Georgians who hold this honor. Tommy is proud of his Georgia roots, and considers this award very special. Tommy is also a Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, and proud to be among the elite of this genre. Tommy was honored in 2012, and is now a member of The Iowa Rock `n Roll Association Hall of Fame.
Tommy's music is warm and friendly and sure to put a smile on your face. His song "SHEILA," gold, #1 Billboard magazine 1962, was one of his biggest hits, along with "EVERYBODY," #3 Billboard magazine 1963, and"SWEET PEA," gold, #8 Billboard magazine 1966. Tommy scored again in 1966 with "HOORAY FOR HAZEL," #6 Billboard magazine, and went on to have another #1 hit in 1969 with "DIZZY," which also went gold. In the same year "JAM UP AND JELLY TIGHT" was a huge success reaching gold status at #8 in Billboard magazine. Some of Tommy's best recordings may not ring a bell until you hear them. They include "IT'S NOW WINTERS DAY," "THE FOLK SINGER," "CAROL," "SUSIE DARLING," and "HEATHER HONEY."
In 2012 Tommy has once again scored big with his hit, "DEVIL'S SOUL PILE," and his new release in 2013 "IT'S FOR YOU I'M ME," featuring Melissa Hooker, is climbing the charts. Although a departure from his normal style, these new songs highlight Tommy's talent as a songwriter, and again he finds himself in the spotlight in a new century.
Tommy has had an amazing career, and yet he continues to write his songs, make new records, and perform live around the globe. In the entertainment world, and especially the music business, it is extremely easy to categorize acts and artists and be done with it. Occasionally, however, an artist comes along who cannot be stuck so neatly into one niche or another, an artist whose creativity is too broadly based. Tommy Roe is one of those people.
When & Where
B.B. King Blues Club
Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.