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Sheb Wooley

Born: 1921-04-10 - Died: 2003-09-16
Cause of Death:
leukemia


Death Summary: Shelby F. “Sheb” Wooley died from leukemia at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee in 2003. He is buried in Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Who was Sheb Wooley : Wooley was a character actor and singer songwriter. He is best known for this 1958 novelty hit “Purple People Eater”.

Wooley appeared in numerous shows from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, most notably of which was the western High Noon. He also appeared in The Outlaw Josey Wales and Giant. He co-starred with Pete Nolan in the television show Rawhide.

Along with his song Purple People Eater, Wooley also had a few other popular songs such as, That’s My Pa, the theme song for Hee Haw, Don’t Go Near the Eskimos, and Shaky Breaky Car.

Wooley is also considered by many to be the voice behind the famed Wilhelm scream, the scream can be heard in well over 130 movies.
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16 Signatures in Sheb Wooley's guestbook

  1. Michael W Smith Says:

    A truly extraordinary guy

  2. Jacee Wooley Says:

    Im 10 and he was kind to me I didnt get to know him but they said he was a great guy.I belive them.So when im dancing to his songs I say hes in my heart.

  3. Jacee Wooley Says:

    my grandpa

  4. George W.Landers Sr. Says:

    I really enjoy Sheb Wooley’s music.Ididnt know he played in all of those shows and movies,NO WONDER I LIKED THEM THEN,I STILL LIKE WATCHING THEM!!!!

  5. joan dana Says:

    love ‘on the wings of a dove…’

  6. Victoria Says:

    Say hi to the DUKE for my father.RIP

  7. Marilyn Waters Says:

    Watch him every day on Rawhide reruns – he was cool and cute!! Grew up on “People People Eater”…..

  8. katherine rogers Says:

    katherine rogers

  9. margaret hudson Says:

    my mom christine robison mccoy says she is related to sheb wooley-her mom was jessie mccoy wooley from tyler,tx her mom’s last name was wooley,and she was from ok-she also had a daughter lily who lived in ok

  10. JDante Stewart Says:

    A Real Cowboy and a Real Gentleman not to forget
    a pretty good Comic.My Pa was a big fan of yours.
    Rest in Peace Mr.Sheb.

  11. Sam McClelland Says:

    Just watched an episode of Rawhide that featured him. He had the kind of quiet tough guy image that many attempted, yet few were as authentic as Sheb Wooley.

  12. Debbie clapper Says:

    My dad was a big fan as am I RIP worlds greatest songwriter to sequel songs I love the song Lucille my dad is gone but I still listen and search for your songs you are the best

  13. Debbie clapper Says:

    Gone from here a songwriter like no other you are the best say hello to my dad Bill I love you daddy

  14. Tommy Chandler Says:

    I am just finding out about Sheb. My wife and I tape all the Rawhide shows and watch them at night. I happened to be watching the Country Music reunion and heard his name and went online to find out what all he’s been in.. Love him

  15. Christian Says:

    I don’t think I have ever heard of this. That’s crazy. Okay, you’re gonna think I have really lost it, but I was a HUGE fan of the show Little House (ya know, Laura Ingalls) … Whenever they had a scene with kids pylaing in the background, you would hear the same loop. I know this because I could identify a child yelling, “Nelly, Willy catch up!” I swear to you, TS this same loop of kids pylaing in a school yard was heard on many other shows back around that time. I wish I could find it to confirm.

  16. Lila Chambers Says:

    I just saw an article about him in an old TN magazine yesterday and was remembering him. Rawhide was my favorite show as a teenager. I never missed an episode. Loved the song too. Pete and Rowdy were my fav characters. I’ve been a country music fan all my life and I knew him as Ben Colder too. I now live outside Nashville and always hoped I’d get to meet him but didn’t. RIP Sheb. You were a special person.


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