The Purple People Eater [Bear Family]

The Purple People Eater [Bear Family]

by Sheb Wooley, Joe Maphis Sheb Wooley
The Purple People Eater [Bear Family]

The Purple People Eater [Bear Family]

by Sheb Wooley, Joe Maphis Sheb Wooley


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Inspired by the success of David Seville's "Witch Doctor," Sheb Wooley decided to work up his own tape-manipulation novelty and created "The Purple People Eater," a huge number one hit in 1958. This CD is a companion to Bear Family's That's My Pa box set and two other single discs which, in combination, account for most of Wooley's recordings. The Purple People Eater concentrates on novelty songs, including the instrumental EP The Purple People Eater Plays Earth Music, a couple of sequels to "The Purple People Eater," and the unbelievable "Pygmy Love." Other recordings are merely pop-oriented (Wooley's first hit from 1955, "Are You Satisfied") or up-tempo country, but for the most part, this is the wackiest music in Wooley's catalog. Bear Family usually organizes its reissues in a more sensible manner than Sheb Wooley received with his haphazard thematic packages, but lovers of novelty music will appreciate this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/1997
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127161499
catalogNumber: 16149
Rank: 62285


  1. The Purple People Eater
  2. Walkin' Guitar
  3. Wild and Wooley, Big Unruly Me (2)
  4. Josie (Brown)
  5. The Birth of Rock 'N' Roll
  6. Honey I'm Lonesome (The Telegraph Song)
  7. A King or a Clown
  8. You Can Do It
  9. Purple People Eater #2
  10. Hyoom
  11. I Found Me an Angel
  12. Pygmy Love
  13. Mirage
  14. Do I Remember
  15. Running With the Night Crowd
  16. The Taste of Ashes
  17. Let the Big Wind Blow
  18. Santa Claus Meets the Purple People Eater
  19. Crazy Butterfly
  20. Skin Tight, Pin Stripped, Purple Pedal Pushers
  21. The Who Who Wallidinks
  22. Star of Love
  23. Never Look Down
  24. Reach for the Moon
  25. Sixteen Violins
  26. Monkey Jive
  27. The Chase
  28. Luke the Spook
  29. I Can't Believe You're Mine
  30. Google Eye
  31. Are You Satisfied?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheb Wooley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Joe Maphis   Guitar
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Billy Strange   Guitar,Leader
Si Zentner   Trombone
Robert Barene   Violin
Red Callender   Bass
Geoff Clarkson   Piano
Joe Comfort   Bass
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Jewell L. Grant   Saxophone
William Green   Saxophone
Rene Hall   Guitar
Roy Harte   Drums
Howard Roberts   Guitar
George Kast   Violin
Irv Kluger   Drums
Ray Kramer   Cello
Gus Levene   Leader
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Dick Nash   Trombone
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Earl Palmer   Drums
William Pitman   Guitar
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Paul Robyn   Viola
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Carson Smith   Bass
Jack Sperling   Drums
Phil Stephens   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Allen Williams   Bass
John Williams [piano]   Piano
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Joseph R. Gibbons   Guitar
Murray Kellner   Violin
Eudice Shapiro   Violin
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Roy Lanham   Guitar
Jack Halloran   Choir, Chorus
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar
Victor Gottlieb   Cello
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Piano,Leader
Gloria Wood   Background Vocals
William V. Douglas   Drums
Ernest Romersa   Saxophone
Donald E. Ralke   Piano,Leader
James O. "Jimmy" Wyble   Guitar
Hillard G. Adler   Harmonica
Clifford Hils   Bass
Howard Leslie Heitmeyer   Guitar
Robert F. Bain   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jack Clement   Producer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Jesse Kaye   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Tape Research
Kevin Coffey   Liner Notes
Sven T. Uhrmann   Artwork
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