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Robbie Snowden - Sheila (1967)

(Tommy Roe)
Australia Australia
#41 Melbourne #36 Brisbane #13 Perth

Single on Clarion by Western Australian pop star (1948-2009) who relocated from Perth to Melbourne and had a handful of charting records 1967-68. For more details see No One Really Loves A Clown, his biggest hit.

WA TV History’s Robbie Snowden tribute page has video of Robbie’s last performance of Sheila, recorded in October 2009.

A suitable song for an Aussie artist to record, given the local meaning of sheila

Macquarie Concise Dictionary

See also: Surrounded By A Ray Of Sunshine, Sunshine Rides On A Trolley and Freckles.

Tommy Roe - Sheila (1962)

(Tommy Roe)
#1 USA #3 UK #1 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth

Single on New York label ABC-Paramount, a rerecording produced by Felton Jarvis. See ABC-Paramount label shot at Rockin Country Style.

Tommy Roe & The Satins With The Flamingos - Sheila (1960)

(Tommy Roe)
Original version

Single on Judd label, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This version predates the 1962 hit release on the major label ABC-Paramount. See the Judd label shot at Rockin’ Country Style. RCS also has an audio clip.

Clearly a dip o’ the old lid to Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue, Sheila was the first hit for Atlanta pop singer Tommy Roe. His later work tended towards bubblegum, as the titles suggest: Sweet Pea, Dizzy, Jam Up And Jelly Tight. See also Susie Darlin’.

Arnold Rypens lists more versions of Sheila at The Originals.

Leif Garrett - Sheila (1979)

(Tommy Roe)
Later version
#21 Brisbane

Late 70s pop idol and actor, born 1961.