Monday, June 7
Horror Rock Pioneers - Sheb Wooley
There are two novelty songs that are above and neyond all others in scope of popularity - this one and the Monster Mash. Ask anyone to name a couple of horror halloween songs, and this one will be on their list. Sheb continued making some other novelty songs, but none had the same impact as this one - it reached number one on the US charts.
Some of his other songs include Purple People Eater #2, Santa Claus Meets the Purple People Eater, and Luke the Spook. His other hits include the theme songs for both Raw Hide and Hee Haw. He also appeared on The Muppet Show as a drunk singer named Ben Colder, a pseudonym he used in recording from time to time.
Sheb also lived right here in Hendersonville, TN, where I live. The last couple of years of his life I tried to interview him, but he was not in good health. He passed away Sept 16, 2003.