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Wooley, Sheb

Entry updated 20 August 2012. Tagged: Music, People.

(1921-2003) A rodeo rider and character actor particular associated with Western movies, Wooley is included here for his 1958 novelty record "The Purple People Eater"; a bouncy, light-hearted jingle about a space Alien, the "one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater" of the title, who descends to earth hoping to join a rock band, an ambition he realizes, perhaps improbably, at the song's end. According to some accounts this release is MGM's best selling single. It has been covered by many artists. [AR]

Shelby F Wooley

born Erick, Oklahoma: 10 April 1921

died Nashville, Tennessee: 16 September 2003

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