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.

Song of the Day: Tom Lehrer, “New Math”

Tom Lehrer, whom Wikipedia calls "a retired American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician, having lectured on mathematics and musical theater," turns 93 today. He’s known outside academia as the writer of satirical topical songs. In the 1960’s he wrote songs for the American version of the TV show That Was The Week That Was. "New Math" was from his 1965 album That Was The Year That Was. I hope this doesn’t trigger anyone over the age of 60…

Song of the Day: Bob Hope & Shirley Ross, “Thanks For The Memory”

Songwriter Leo Robin was born on this day in 1900. He’s best known for the Oscar-winning song "Thanks For The Memory," which he wrote with Ralph Rainger and was sung by Bob Hope (which became his signature song) and Shirley Ross in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938. Robin and Rainger also wrote "Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend" for Carol Channing (and, later, Marilyn Monroe).