Sheb Wooley


Sheb Wooley (April 10, 1921 - September 16, 2003) was a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter, and actor who became famous beginning in the late 1950s. He is best known for the 1958 novelty smash hit, "The Purple People Eater," which topped the charts. Over his long career, he appeared in dozens of Westerns and played Pete Nolan in the TV series, "Rawhide." He also recorded many hit parodies on well known country songs as Ben Colder.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Are You Satisfied? (1955)
  • The Purple People Eater (1958)
  • Sweet Chile (1959)
  • Don't Go Near The Eskimos (1962)
  • That's My Pa (1962)
  • Detroit City No. 2 (1963)
  • Still No. 2 (1963)
  • Almost Persuaded No. 2 (1966)
  • Harper Valley P.T.A. (Later That Day) (1968)

Pop charts debut year: 1955

Years active: 1946-1999

Genres: Pop, country, novelty

Labels: MGM



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