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Sheb Wooley
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Date Born/Group Began: April 10, 1921 (I B Emerson) 
Date Died/Group Ended: September 16, 2003 (I B Emerson) 
Also Known As:
Ben Colder (his C&W persona) (Tim P. Ryan)
Shelby Fredrick Wooley (Tyro Arrgula)
Members:
Sheb Wooley (Tyro Arrgula)
Country Singer/Songriter/Actor. As a teenager, Wooley worked as a rodeo rider and then formed his own band. In the mid-1940s, he performed on radio stations WLAC and WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, and subsequently had his own show on the Calumet Radio Network. He signed to the Bullet Records Label in 1946, moving in 1948 to MGM Records where he remained until 1973. Wooley began acting in movies in 1950, In all he acted in more than 60 films, among them "Giant" (1956), with James Dean and "Hoosiers" (1986), with Gene Hackman. On television, he played the role of 'Pete Nolan' in the popular "Rawhide" series from 1959 to 1966.

In 1958 he released his most famous hit the novelty tune, “The Purple People Eater.” The song went No. 1 on the pop charts and stayed there for six weeks. “That’s My Pa,” another novelty effort in 1962, was his first country hit. It also reached No. 1. As Ben Colder, Wooley scored six country and five pop hits with such parodies as 'Don’t Go Near the Eskimos' 'Still No. 2,' 'Almost Persuaded No. 2,' 'Detroit City No. 2' and 'Harper Valley P.T.A.”'His last charted country song came in 1971 with 'Fifteen Beers Ago,' a sendup of Conway Twitty’s 'Fifteen Years Ago.'

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(I B Emerson)
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Facts:
  • Wooley wrote the theme song for the Hee Haw TV series. (I B Emerson)
  • He played killer 'Ben Miller' in the classic western, "High Noon." (I B Emerson)
  • Played on 177 shows:
    03-10-19, #OTR-5-1010-29-06, #MMS-51
    02-10-19, #OTR-5-610-29-06, #06-44
    01-19-19, #KMCC 13-1106-18-06, #06-25
    12-09-18, #OTR-4-4904-09-06, #06-15
    11-11-18, #OTR-4-4502-21-06, #MMS-18
    10-28-18, #OTR-4-4311-19-05, #MMS-5
    10-27-18, #AOTA-18102708-11-05, #FFM-5
    06-24-18, #OTR-4-2506-26-05, #05-26
    06-17-18, #OTR-4-2410-24-04, #04-43
    06-16-18, #AOTA-18061610-24-04, #XM-74
    05-20-18, #OTR-4-2010-19-03, #03-42
    03-04-18, #OTR-4-910-06-03, #ISGD-03-37
    02-24-18, #KMCC-12-1310-05-03, #03-40
    02-18-18, #OTR-4-0709-15-03, #ISGD-03-34
    11-27-17, #OTR-3-4804-07-03, #ISGD-03-13
    10-14-17, #AOTA-17101403-11-01, #01-10
    09-24-17, #OTR-3-3904-16-00, #00-16
    09-10-17, #OTR-3-3701-17-99, #99-03
    09-06-17, #ISGD-17-3810-18-98, #98-42
    09-04-17, #OTR-3-3608-24-97, #97-34
    08-30-17, #ISGD-17-3704-21-96, #96-16
    08-26-17, #KMCC-T12-4108-06-95, #95-32
    08-21-17, #OTR-3-3411-13-94, #94-46
    08-14-17, #OTR-3-3308-01-93, #93-31
    06-17-17, #AOTA-17061704-25-93, #93-17
    05-08-17, #OTR-3-1907-19-92, #92-29
    04-17-17, #OTR-3-1606-21-92, #92-25
    04-15-17, #KMCC-11-1610-27-91, #91-43
    04-10-17, #OTR-3-1510-13-91, #91-41
    03-06-17, #OTR-3-1007-07-91, #91-27
    03-01-17, #ISGD-17-0905-26-91, #91-21
    02-18-17, #KMCC-11-1203-17-91, #91-11
    02-13-17, #OTR-3-0712-16-90, #90-50
    02-03-17, #KMCC-11-1110-28-90, #90-43
    01-18-17, #OTR-3-0301-21-90, #90-03
    12-11-16, #OTR-2-4806-25-89, #89-26
    12-10-16, #16-5005-28-89, #89-22
    11-26-16, #AOTA-16112603-19-89, #89-12
    11-14-16, #OTR-2-4410-02-88, #88-40
    10-30-16, #OTR-2-4207-03-88, #88-27
    10-23-16, #OTR-2-4102-14-88, #88-07
    10-19-16, #ISGD-16-4301-10-88, #88-02
    10-15-16, #AOTA-16101510-18-87, #87-42
    08-06-16, #AOTA-16080608-30-87, #87-35
    07-09-16, #AOTA-16070907-05-87, #87-27
    07-02-16, #16-2704-26-87, #87-17
    06-18-16, #16-2506-15-86, #86-24
    04-09-16, #AOTA-16040906-15-86, #KMET-86-24
    12-23-15, #MMCZ-15-0304-27-86, #KMET-86-17
    10-31-15, #AOTA-15103103-16-86, #86-11
    10-18-15, #BWR-15-10-1802-16-86, #86-07
    07-11-15, #ISGD-15-2908-04-85, #85-31
    06-27-15, #15-2604-28-85, #85-17
    08-30-14, #ISGD-14-4903-03-85, #85-09
    06-14-14, #AOTA-14061409-09-84, #84-37
    02-01-14, #AOTA-14020112-04-83, #83-49
    10-12-13, #AOTA-13101207-31-83, #83-31
    09-24-13, #BWR-13-09-2411-15-81, #81-46
    06-15-13, #AOTA-13061510-04-81, #81-40
    06-11-13, #BWR-13-06-1102-15-81, #81-07
    06-01-13, #AOTA-13060101-04-81, #81-01
    01-12-13, #13-0206-15-80, #80-24
    12-27-12, #ISGD-12-5401-20-80, #80-03
    12-04-12, #BWR-12-12-0412-30-79, #KMET-79-52
    10-22-12, #BWR-12-10-2306-24-79, #79-25
    09-01-12, #AOTA-12090112-17-78, #78-44
    06-16-12, #AOTA-12061611-12-78, #78-39
    06-16-12, #12-2409-10-78, #78-29
    06-12-12, #BWR-12-06-1208-20-78, #78-26
    01-19-12, #ISGD-12-0307-09-78, #78-20
    01-19-12, #MMCZ-12-0312-05-76, #123
    11-12-11, #MMCZ-11-4608-08-76, #106
    10-25-11, #BWR-11-10-2502-08-76, #80
    09-10-11, #11-3701-04-76, #75
    07-16-11, #11-2912-28-75, #74-56
    06-18-11, #AOTA-11061811-02-75, #66
    06-14-11, #BWR-11-06-1410-12-75, #63
    12-05-10, #MMCZ-10-5609-21-75, #60
    05-16-10, #10-2009-07-75, #58
    02-21-10, #MMCZ-10-0808-24-75, #56
    08-02-09, #MMS-12707-20-75, #51
    06-21-09, #09-2504-27-75, #43
    01-11-09, #09-0204-20-75, #42
    12-14-08, #08-5003-30-75, #39
    08-31-08, #08-3503-16-75, #37
    01-05-08, #MMCZ_08-0102-02-75, #31
    09-18-07, #MMS-9301-05-75, #27
    06-24-07, #07-2512-31-72, #KMET-72-53
    01-03-07, #KMCC_3-05
    = Show you can listen to online
     Songs
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_10_Little_Bottles.mp3 10 Little Bottles
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Almost_Persuaded_2.mp3 Almost Persuaded #2 - (with 'Sheb Wooley as Ben Colder')
    Ballad Of A Mean Old Queen, The - (with 'Ben Colder (Sheb Wooley)')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_The_Ballad_Of_Jim_And_Tammy.mp3 Ballad Of Jim And Tammy, The
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Big_Sweet_John.mp3 Big Sweet John - (with 'Sheb Wooley as Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Come_On_Back_To_Nashville.mp3 Come On Back To Nashville - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_D-I-V-O-R-C-E_2.mp3 D-I-V-O-R-C-E #2
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Detroit_City_2.mp3 Detroit City #2
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Don't_Go_Near_the_Eskimos.mp3 Don't Go Near The Eskimos - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Easy_Loving_2.mp3 Easy Loving #2
    Family Tree
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Fifteen_Beers_Ago.mp3 Fifteen Beers Ago - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Folsom_Prison_Blues.mp3 Folsom Prison Blues
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_(Sheb_Wooley)_-_Foolish_Questions.mp3 Foolish Questions - (with 'Ben Colder (Sheb Wooley)')
    Games People Play (Live at the Sam Houston Coliseum) - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_The_Games_People_Play.mp3 Games People Play, The
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Goin_Surfin.mp3 Goin' Surfin' - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Green_Green_Grass_Of_Home_2.mp3 Green Green Grass Of Home #2
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Harper_Valley_PTA_(Later_That_Same_Day).mp3 Harper Valley PTA (Later That Same Day)
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Hello_Walls_2.mp3 Hello Walls #2
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Help_Me_Fake_It_Through_The_Night.mp3 Help Me Fake It Through The Night
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder__(Sheb_Wooley)_-_I_Just_Don't_Look_Good_Naked_Anymore.mp3 I Just Don't Look Good Naked Anymore - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_I_Walk_The_Line_2.mp3 I Walk The Line #2
    Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_with_Hi._C._Lea_-_Jackhammer_Man.mp3 Jackhammer Man - (with 'Sheb Wooley with Hi. C. Lea')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Laughin_The_Blues.mp3 Laughin' The Blues
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Little_Green_Apples_2.mp3 Little Green Apples #2
    Love-In, The
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Lovesick_Booze.mp3 Lovesick Booze - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Luke_the_Spook.mp3 Luke the Spook
    May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Snoot - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Ode_To_The_Little_Brown_Shack_Out_Back.mp3 Ode To The Little Brown Shack Out Back
    Purple People Eater #2, The - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Purple_People_Eater.mp3 Purple People Eater, The
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Rambler,_The.mp3 Rambler, The - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Rollin'_In_My_Sweet_Baby's_Arms.mp3 Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Ruby_Please_Bring_Your_Love_To_Town.mp3 Ruby Please Bring Your Love To Town
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Runnin'_Bare.mp3 Running Bare
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Santa_And_The_Purple_People_Eater.mp3 Santa And The Purple People Eater
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Shaky_Breaky_Car.mp3 Shaky Breaky Car
    Still No. 2 - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_Sunday_Morning_Falling_Down.mp3 Sunday Morning Falling Down
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/b/e/Ben_Colder_-_Tennessee_Bird_Talk.mp3 Tennessee Bird Talk - (with 'Ben Colder')
    http://www.madmusic.com/samples/s/h/Sheb_Wooley_-_That's_My_Pa.mp3 That's My Pa
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