Sheila (Tommy Roe song)

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For the 2007 single by Jamie T, see Sheila (Jamie T song).
Single by Tommy Roe
B-side "Save Your Kisses"
Released 1962
Format 7"
Recorded 1962 (re-recording)
Genre Pop, rockabilly, Lubbock sound
Length 2:03
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) Tommy Roe
Certification Gold record
Tommy Roe singles chronology
"Susie Darlin'"

"Sheila" is a song written and recorded by Tommy Roe. The single reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 1, 1962, remaining in the top position for two weeks and peaking at number six on the R&B charts.[1]

The original version of the song was recorded by Roe for Judd Records in 1960 with his then backing group The Satins, but it failed to sell.

The song is done in the style of the Lubbock sound, made popular by Buddy Holly and the Crickets in the late 1950s; the strumming pattern, tempo and chords (both songs are in the key of A) bear particularly strong resemblance to the Crickets' “Peggy Sue.”

The Beatles recorded on 1962 at the Star Club in Hamburg

The song was also covered by the Greg Kihn Band on their 1981 album RocKihnRoll.

In 1969, Roe was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America with a gold record for accumulated sales of over one million copies.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Title / Songwriter(s) UK[3] AUS[4] CAN[5] U.S.[6] GER[4] RIAA Certification[7]
1962 "Sheila" (Tommy Roe) 3 1 1 1 9 Gold


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 498. 
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 151. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 467. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Chart information at
  5. ^ Canadian Singles Charts at
  6. ^ - Charts & Awards
  7. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for singles by Tommy Roe 14 December 2008

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Preceded by
"The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 1, 1962
Succeeded by
"Sherry" by The Four Seasons