Song of the Day: Sheb Wooley, “The Purple People Eater”

Actor and singer Sheb Wooley would be a century old today. As an actor, he appeared in Westerns in the movies and on television, and was the creator of the Wilhelm Scream. As a singer, Sheb did mostly novelty songs, including "The Purple People Eater," which was a #1 hit in 1958. The orchestra and chorus were directed by Neely Plumb, whose daughter Eve played Jan Brady on the ’70’s comedy The Brady Bunch.

19 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Sheb Wooley, “The Purple People Eater”

  1. I love this funny song which came out when all those B horror films were all the rage. Funny to know the conductor was the dad of Eve Plumb. It just shows how many people already have their “foot in the door” when it comes to acting etc…

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  2. I remember this song. Must show you how old I am! Some of my first memories are of songs like this. Winchester Cathedral and that Snoopy and the Red Baron song–I played my radio full time to hear those two songs. I loved Snoopy. I know I was in elementary school then. And I had a 45 of Mellow Yellow someone gave me. 🙂

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    1. I was almost 8 when The Beatles made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan and got my first radio not too long after that. I turned it on when I got up and off when I left for school, then had it on from when I got home from school until when I went to bed (and even after that, if the White Sox were playing). I was really into music ….

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