Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Mike McKay
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The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by a Georgian who at first refused to go on the road to promote it because he didn’t want give up his seniority at his $70 per week job.
He liked both his job, and making music. In fact, his boyhood friends included eventual hitmakers Billy Joe Royal, Mac Davis, Joe South and Ray Stevens but it was Buddy Holly who was his biggest influence. Today’s featured oldie was originally released as a single two years before it got to number one but the record company that put it out didn’t have the resources to pull off a national hit. Later, an Atlanta disc jockey introduced him to an executive at ABC-Paramount who signed him to that label. Fine he said but he didn’t want to leave his job soldering wires for GE. An offer of a $5000 advance changed his mind and soon he was on the road to number one. And on August 31, 1962 that’s where it was – Tommy Roe (Sheila)