December 22, 2015
The Eleventh Day Of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition
Tommy Roe – It’s Now Winter’s Day
During the mid to late 1960’s, Tommy Roe had a hugely successful music career, with a string of Top 40 hits starting with 1962’s #1 hit “Sheila” and his last Top Ten single “Jam Up and Jelly Tight” in 1970, and he was widely perceived as one of the archetypal bubblegum artists of that period.
Among his accomplishments was opening for the Beatles at their very first American concert in Washington DC in 1964, and scoring several international Top 40 hits, including 1966’s “Sweet Pea” (including #1 in Canada) and “Hooray for Hazel” (again, #2 in Canada), before his best remembered 1969 hit “Dizzy”, which went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada, as well as #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Although American born, he was based in the UK during most of the 60’s, and found Canada to be one of his better sales markets, racking up 11 Top Twenty hits there between 1962 – 1971 (along with charting another 2 at #21 and another at #23).
In 1967 he released “It’s Now Winters Day”. Originally entitled “It’s Now Christmas Day”, his record label at the time talked him into changing the title, believing it would reach a larger audience. Once again, he charted in Canada with this song (#13), as well as in the U.S. (#23)