Southern style: A moment with Roe and Eden

tsj column writers - southern styleBy Randall Franks

The musical legend Tommy Roe and TV star Barbara Eden recently came together capturing a moment from the golden age of television and the golden age of pop-rock, when Roe presented Eden, television’s “Jeannie,” with the Timeless Beauty Award, bestowed by the Hollywood Beauty Awards. The 1st Hollywood Beauty Awards were held Feb. 15, at the historic Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.

Roe said he was honored to be a part of the 1st Hollywood Beauty Awards, but even more honored to be a part of presenting the Timeless Beauty Award to television icon Barbara Eden, an award he says she especially deserved.

“Barbara is well known as Jeannie on the hit TV series ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ but her body of work spans decades and is well documented as one of the most illustrious careers in Hollywood. She has also won many prestigious awards and her generosity when it comes to her charity work is second to none,” said Roe. “My wife, Josette, and I have known Barbara and her husband Jon for years, and consider their friendship very special.”

Roe is the singer-songwriter behind genre-defining hits “Sheila” (1962) and “Dizzy” (1969), both of which are certified at more than 2 million airplays. In addition to “Sheila” and “Dizzy”, Roe helped define the 1960s music scene with a string of Billboard Top 10 hits, including “Everybody”, “Sweet Pea” and “Hurray for Hazel”. Eden was the star of the hit television series “I Dream of Jeannie” which aired for five seasons from 1965 to 1970, and in Flaming Star (1960) alongside Elvis Presley.

The 1st Hollywood Beauty Awards were presented by LATF, a daily news site and monthly online magazine covering entertainment and lifestyle content worldwide. Information about the HBAs is available on the LATF Web site, www.latfusa.com.

Tommy had a total of eleven records reach the Billboard top forty, and twenty three Billboard top 100 chart records. With similar chart success in England, and throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, Tommy is considered one of the early pioneers of American pop culture. Born Thomas David Roe, on May 9, 1942, in Atlanta, Georgia, Roe, who is sometimes known as the “father of bubble-gum music,” has sold more than 60 million records, including six Top 10 hits, and four Gold Records.

(Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as “Officer Randy Goode” on TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” now on WGN America. His latest CD release, “Mississippi Moon,” is by Crimson Records. He is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. His latest book is “Encouragers I : Finding the Light.” He is a syndicated columnist for http://randallfranks.com/ and can be reached at rfrankscatoosa@gmail.com.)

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