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"Sheila" is a song written and recorded by Tommy Roe with the help of Robert Bosch. 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.”

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