Personalities | Sheb Wooley | West Coast Scene | Country

(Vocals, guitar, comedian, songwriter, actor, 1921–2003)

With a career that cut across the entertainment industry, Oklahoma’s Sheb Wooley started out a country singer and songwriter but, with a few acting lessons behind him, arrived in Hollywood and became a much sought-after western character actor. His most famed roles were in High Noon and the television series Rawhide. Besides his country hits, which included the chart-topping ‘That’s My Pa’ (1962) and comic offerings as parody alter-ego ‘Ben Colder’, he scored a multi-million seller with the novelty rock’n’roll hit ‘Purple People Eater’ (1959).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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