|Single by Tommy Roe|
|from the album Dizzy|
|B-side||"The You I Need"|
|Writer(s)||Tommy Roe, Freddy Weller|
|Tommy Roe singles chronology|
Written by Roe and Freddy Weller, "Dizzy" was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in March 1969, for one week on the UK Singles Chart in June 1969, and was #1 in Canada in March 1969.
"Dizzy" has eleven key changes total between a total of four keys. One key is used for the verses, while the choruses get three keys. The key used for the verses is the lowest, while the choruses start off in a higher key, quickly increases to an even higher key, then increases yet again.
In 1989 it was sampled by De La Soul on a remix by Chad Jackson of their track "The Magic Number" from their album Three Feet High and Rising. In 1994 it was covered by Babe on their album 4 Babe pesme; the Babe version being entitled "Dizel". A version of the song has been recorded by Bob the Builder, with the lyrics referring to Bob's concrete mixer, Dizzy. This version of the song follows the arrangement of the 1991 Vic Reeves/Wonderstuff cover, but with a more electronic percussive backing.
In 2005, "Dizzy" was used in the soundtrack of The Sandlot 2, introducing the song to a 21st-century audience.
Tommy Roe version
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||2|
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|German Media Control Charts||4|
|Norwegian VG-lista Singles Charts||4|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
Vic Reeves version
On 14 October 1991, a cover of "Dizzy" recorded by English comedian Vic Reeves and the alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff, was released in the United Kingdom, reaching number one in the third week of release and staying there for two weeks. This adds another key change to the eleven that already exist (from F major to G major), making a total of 12.
The music video features Vic and the band performing on stage, with a row of washing machines in the background. Vic's comedy partner Bob Mortimer appears in the background with Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt, playing a tambourine and singing backing vocals.
|UK Singles Chart||1|
- RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for singles by Tommy Roe 14 December 2008
- Chart details at tsort.info
- Chart information at tsort.info
- Canadian Singles Charts at webfitz.com
- Chart information at norwegiancharts.com
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 467. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Allmusic.com - Charts & Awards
- Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff - Dizzy (music video) on YouTube
"Everyday People" by Sly & the Family Stone
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Tommy Roe version)
March 15, 1969 - April 11, 1969
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
"Get Back" by The Beatles
|UK number one single (Tommy Roe version)
June 4, 1969
"The Ballad of John and Yoko" by The Beatles
"The Fly" by U2
|UK number one single (Vic Reeves version)
9–16 November 1991
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson