17 September 2003
Purple people everywhere mourn
In Erick, Oklahoma, there's an intersection: Sheb Wooley Avenue and Roger Miller Boulevard.
Roger Miller died in 1992, dang him, and now Sheb Wooley's gone too leukemia, at age 82.
Wooley's biggest hit under his own name was the 1958 novelty "Purple People Eater", reportedly the answer to a kid's riddle; later, he penned the theme to Hee Haw, and released a number of wacky (and ostensibly inebriated) country-music parodies under the name "Ben Colder". A fulsome Colder couplet:
I shot a DJ up in Reno who wouldn't play my song Now all the DJs round the country, they play me loud and long
And Wooley sustained an acting career as well; he was Pete Nolan in the Fifties western Rawhide, which also featured a young fellow named Clint Eastwood.
Still, most people who remember Sheb will remember the one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater who wanted to get a job in a rock and roll band, and I bet that was just fine with him.
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