Sheila is a song written and recorded by Tommy Roe in the United States. First released in 1960 without success, Roe re-recorded it for ABC Paramount in the summer of 1962, and it became a number one record for two weeks in September of that year. It went to number 3 in the UK. Roe was a fan of Buddy Holly, and Sheila, his first hit record, reflects this influence. (He went on to have 5 more hits during the decade.)
Perhaps because of the Buddy Holly connection, the Beatles discovered the song towards the end of 1962 and decided to perform it. They sang and played Sheila in Hamburg. The surviving recordings are: The Beatles, Live! In the Star-Club, Hamburg, Germany; 1962 and Last Night in Hamburg.
The recording quality is low. These two releases are fairly rare collectors' items. However, bootlegs and copies of the Beatles' December 31, 1962 performance in Hamburg (along with 27 other numbers) have been in circulation for some time.