Dizzy (Tommy Roe song)

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"Dizzy"
Tommy Roe Dizzy.jpg
Single by Tommy Roe
from the album Dizzy
B-side"The You I Need"
Released
  • November 13, 1968 (US)
  • January 1969 (Australia)
  • March 14, 1969 (UK)
Recorded1968
GenreBubblegum pop[1]
Length2:52
LabelABC
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Barri
Tommy Roe singles chronology
"Sing Along with Me"
(1967)
"Dizzy"
(1968)
"Heather Honey"
(1969)

"Dizzy" is a song originally recorded by Tommy Roe; it became an international hit single in 1969.[2] Instrumental backing was provided by the Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.

Co-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 number one in Canada in March 1969.

It was subsequently recorded by such disparate artists as Boney M, Wreckless Eric, and Billy J. Kramer. A 1991 cover by Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.

Personnel[edit]

[3]

Charts[edit]

Vic Reeves version[edit]

"Dizzy"
Single by Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff
from the album Dizzy
B-side"Oh! ... Mr Hairdresser"
ReleasedOctober 14, 1991 (1991-10-14)
Length3:18
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mick Glossop
Vic Reeves singles chronology
"Born Free"
(1991)
"Dizzy"
(1991)
"Abide with Me"
(1991)
The Wonder Stuff singles chronology
"Sleep Alone"
(1991)
"Dizzy"
(1991)
"Welcome to the Cheap Seats"
(1992)

On October 14, 1991,[12] a cover of "Dizzy" recorded by English comedian Vic Reeves and alternative rock band the Wonder Stuff was released in the United Kingdom, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart and staying there for two weeks.[8] It was a top-three hit in Australia, peaking at number three, thanks largely to the music video being screened on the nationally-broadcast TV pop show Countdown, and despite the fact that Reeves & Mortimer were virtually unknown there, and it also charted in Austria, Ireland, and New Zealand. This added another key change to the 11 that already exist (from F major to G major).[citation needed]

The music video features Reeves and the band performing on stage, with a row of washing machines and microwave ovens in the background instead of amplifiers (a visual pun on the well-known Whirlpool brand of washing machine). Vic's comedy partner Bob Mortimer appears in the background with Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt, playing a tambourine and singing backing vocals.[13]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 200,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuhr, Michael (2015). Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop, Routledge. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7.
  3. ^ Kotal, Kent (March 11, 2013). "Forgotten Hits: TOMMY ROE". Forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts – 10 May 1969". Go-Set. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Dizzy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Tommy Roe - Dizzy". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 467. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ Allmusic.com - Charts & Awards
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Tommy Roe – Dizzy". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 11, 2021. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Tommy Roe"
  11. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "British single certifications – Vic Reeves & Wonderstuff – Dizzy". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  13. ^ Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff - Dizzy (music video) on YouTube
  14. ^ "Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  15. ^ "Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  16. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 8 no. 46. November 16, 1991. p. 31. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Dizzy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  18. ^ "Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  20. ^ "1991 Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. January 11, 1992. p. 20.
  21. ^ a b "ARIA Top 100 Singles for 1992". ARIA. Retrieved February 11, 2021.