The song “Dizzy” was written by Tommy Roe and singer-songwriter Freddy Weller. Roe recorded it with a little help from his friends the session musicians of The Wrecking Crew. “Dizzy” was an international hit in 1969. It went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, U.K. Singles Chart, and Canadian Singles Chart. It was #2 in Australia and #4 in Germany and Norway. “Dizzy” was also released on Roe’s 1969 album named, you guessed it, Dizzy.
Musically, “Dizzy” is interesting in that to give the feeling of dizziness, there is a whole lot of modulation going on. The song has eleven key changes among a total of four keys. One key is used for the verses, while there are three keys for the choruses. The key used for the verses is the lowest. Then the choruses start off in a higher key, quickly increasing to a higher key, which then increases again.
Tommy Roe, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, is a singer and songwriter and has achieved several RIAA gold records for his songs. He’s known for songs in the bubble gum genre as well as his rock music. Roe had hits with “Sheila,” Everybody,” “The Folk Singer,” “Sweet Pea,” and “Jam Up and Jelly Tight.” He has teamed up for projects with Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. One bit of trivia is that he appeared in an episode of the TV show Green Acres.