September 17, 2003

Sheb Wooley Throws the Sixes.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:17 pm

Sheb Wooley, who perhaps was best known for writing and singing “Purple People Eater” in 1958, died yesterday at age 82. Born in Eric Oklahoma, he had a long career that included writing music, making records and appearing in numerous television shows (e.g. Rawhide) and in movies, such as High Noon, Outlaw Josie Wales, Giant, Rio Bravo, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Starman, and Hoosiers.

He had been ill with leukemia, but he managed to attend Johnny Cash’s wake last week.

Although his popularity waned in recent years, he remains one of great country entertainers.

R.I.P., Sheb.

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