4-10-13 Sheb Wooley
Happy birthday, Sheb “Purple People Eater” Wooley! A quick check of the internet, and it appears that he was born April 10th 1921 and passed away September 16th 2003.
Can’t do better than this, actually:
Along with lots of other folks, I first became aware of Sheb Wooley at the time of (or shortly thereafter) “Purple People Eater”, a charming novelty record that actually kinda “rocks”! It must’ve been my brother who initially brought that 45 into our home.
Took me quite a while, but I eventually found several of Sheb Wooley’s albums – they are not exactly easy to find here in California. Another thing I discovered – that I had no idea about – Mr. Wooley was also writing & releasing country & western comedy / novelty records as Ben Colder, “Yes, sir – it’s never been colder!”
Well, I’ve only got a few Ben Colder records, preferring to try and track down more Sheb Wooley material. Remember, the bulk of my interest in this artist occurred previously to the interwebs. I didn’t know that Sheb Wooley and Ben Colder were one in the same; I had no idea if there was ever a “Purple People Eater” album etc.
Well, I am particularly fond of country & western comedy / novelty records! Bring on the Don Bowman, Homer & Jethro, Lonzo & Oscar, Archie Campbell, Stringbean, and Minnie Pearl records!