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Ben Colder

Biography

Ben Colder was the alter ego of singer Sheb Wooley (of “Crimson People Eater” popularity), which he used designed for saving parodies of nation hits. Because of various performing commitments, Wooley have been struggling to record the tune “Don’t Go Close to the Indians,” that was rather lower by Rex Allen for a substantial strike in 1962. Wooley documented a drunken-sounding parody known as “Don’t Go Close to the Eskimos” and released it beneath the pseudonym Ben Colder (various other choices apparently included Ben Freezin and Klon Dyke). “Eskimos” was a high 20 strike on the united states graphs, and Wooley made a decision to keep time for his brand-new comic persona frequently. “Hello Wall structure No. 2” proceeded to go Best 30 in 1963, and “Nearly Persuaded No. 2” proceeded to go completely to amount six in 1966, offering Wooley the second-biggest nation strike of his profession. Ben Colder experienced some more graph singles with the ’60s, including “Harper Valley P.T.A. (Later on That Same Day time)” and “Small Green Apples No. 2,” and continuing release a albums on MGM with the ’70s. Because of his penchant for humor, Wooley was tapped as an employee songwriter for the tv screen series Hee Haw when it debuted in 1969. Colder enjoyed a resurgence in 1996 thanks a lot partly to Billy Ray Cyrus, who influenced the title tabs on Shakey Breaky Car.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sheb Wooley
Date Of Birth April 10, 1921
Died September 16, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Height 1.87 m
Profession Actor, Singer-songwriter, Radio personality
Nationality American
Spouse Linda Wooley
Children Shauna Wooley, Christie Wooley
Parents Ora E. Wooley, William C. Wooley
Music Songs The Purple People Eater, That's My Pa, Flying Purple People Eater, Don't Go Near the Eskimos, Are You Satisfied, I Can't Believe You're Mine, Meet Mr. Lonely, Almost Persuaded No. 2, Tie a Tiger Down, Santa Claus Meets the Purple People Eater, Laughin' the Blues, Pygmy Love, Fifteen Beers Ago, Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl, Blue Guitar, Honey I'm Lonesome, Running With the Night Crowd, Goodbye Texas, Hello Tennessee, Luke the Spook, Hello Wall No. 2, Wild and Wooley, Big Unruly Me, Walkin Guitar, Purple People Eater #2, Sweet Chile, Bars Across the Windows, Mule Boogie, I Found Me an Angel, White Lightnin', You Still Turn Me On, Papa's Old Fiddle, Right Is Right and Left Is Lonely, Your Papa Ain't Steppin' Anymore
Albums Warm and Wooley, Big Ben Strikes Again, Grumpy Old Matelot, Chips off the Old Bloke No 2, Chip off the Old Bloke No 1, Wild Again, Sailors on a Train, The Classic Country Collection, Titanium Hits, Shakey Breaky Car, Texas Tango, Cowboy Essentials, Overboard, Songs from the Days of Rawhide / Sings That's My Pa and That's My Ma and Other Selections, Rawhide/How the West Was Won, Wild And Wooley, Big Unruly Me, Pompey 'Til I Die, Hillbilly Mambo, Best Country Music, That's My Pa - Cowboy Essentials, Country, 22 Greatest Hits Of Sheb Wooley Or Do You Say Ben Colder, Country - Great Hits, Top 65 Classics - The Very Best of Sheb Wooley, Country Originals This Ole House, Rawhide & Other Country Favourites, The Purple People Eater, Goodbye Texas, Hello Tennessee, 1950 - 1962, That's My Pa
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Country Comedy Act
Movies High Noon, Hoosiers, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Man Without a Star, Distant Drums, Silverado, Giant, Rio Bravo, Rocky Mountain, Johnny Guitar, The War Wagon, Uphill All the Way, The Boy from Oklahoma, Ride a Violent Mile, Trooper Hook, Sky Full of Moon, The Black Whip, Cattle Town, The Oklahoman, Hellgate, Country Boy
TV Shows Rawhide


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#Fact
1 In 1969 Wooley was one of the original members of the cast of Hee Haw (1969), the-long running country slapstick series. He also wrote the familiar theme song. He left the show after only filming 13 episodes due to other professional demands. He returned from time to time as a guest.
2 He got the idea for his hit song, Purple People Eater, when a friend of his mentioned that his young son came home from elementary school with a joke he had heard: "What has one eye, one horn, flies and eats people?" "A one-eyed, one-horned flying people eater!".
3 It is believed that he may be the person who recorded the famous Wilhelm Scream for the movie Distant Drums (1951). He was one of the few actors assembled for the recording of additional vocal elements for the film. It is very likely he was asked on the spot to perform other things for the film, including the screams for a "man getting bit by an alligator" (as the Wilhelm Scream takes were slated).
4 Was one of the four gunslingers who stalked Gary Cooper in the western film classic High Noon (1952) (for the record, the others were Ian MacDonald, Robert J. Wilke, Lee Van Cleef).
5 The running lyric to Sheb's huge novelty song hit went like this: "It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater." It spent six weeks at No. 1 and sold 3 million copies in 1958. Other silly songs included "Talk Back Blubbering Lips," "Sunday Morning Fallin' Down," "Harper Valley PTA (Later That Same Day)," "The Happiest Squirrel in the Whole U.S.A." and "Fifteen Beers Ago." He also recorded the parody "Don't Go Near the Eskimos," based on Rex Allen's 1962 hit "Don't Go Near the Indians.".
6 Formed his own radio band, The Plainview Melody Boys, at the age 15.
7 Awarded Comedian of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1968.
8 His wife Linda was also his manager.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video
Murder, She Wrote 1990 TV Series Billy Ray Parker
Purple People Eater 1988 Harvey Skitters
Hoosiers 1986 Cletus
Uphill All the Way 1986 Anson Sudro
Silverado 1985 Cavalry Sergeant
The Dollmaker 1984 TV Movie Mr. Kendrick
The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Travis Cobb
The Young Rebels 1970 TV Series
Mod Squad 1969 TV Series Wild Bill Hannachek
The War Wagon 1967 Snyder
Country Boy 1966 Sheb Wooley
Rawhide 1959-1965 TV Series Pete Nolan
Death Valley Days 1965 TV Series Jeb Slade / Fred Nelson
Rio Bravo 1959 Cowboy (scenes deleted)
Terror in a Texas Town 1958 Baxter (uncredited)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 1956-1957 TV Series Rex Jones / Luke McGuire
Ride a Violent Mile 1957 Jonathan Long
Tales of Wells Fargo 1957 TV Series Lenny
Maverick 1957 TV Series Sheriff
Sugarfoot 1957 TV Series Pete Martin
Trooper Hook 1957 Cooter Brown
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series
The Oklahoman 1957 Cowboy / Henchman (uncredited)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954-1957 TV Series Gang Member / Monte / Morgan / ...
The Ford Television Theatre 1957 TV Series Tag Bailey
Cheyenne 1957 TV Series Chev Jones
The Black Whip 1956 Bill Lassater
Zane Grey Theater 1956 TV Series Brock
Giant 1956 Gabe Target
My Friend Flicka 1956 TV Series Harry Runyon
Cavalry Patrol 1956 TV Movie Lank Clee
Trial 1955 Butteridge (uncredited)
The Second Greatest Sex 1955 Silas - Jones City Leader
The Lone Ranger 1953-1955 TV Series Tex / Hatton / Don Wyman / ...
Man Without a Star 1955 Latigo
The Adventures of Kit Carson 1953-1955 TV Series Johnny / Walt Denton / Rand 'Doc' Hale / ...
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954 Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Johnny Guitar 1954 Posseman (uncredited)
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger 1954 TV Series Lawson
Arrow in the Dust 1954 Trooper (uncredited)
Stories of the Century 1954 TV Series Jim Younger
Rose Marie 1954 Corporal (uncredited)
The Boy from Oklahoma 1954 Pete Martin
Texas Bad Man 1953 Mack
The Range Rider 1953 TV Series Saber Jack Tyrell / Baxter Vale / Ed Harrison
Sky Full of Moon 1952 Balladeer (voice)
The Cisco Kid 1952 TV Series Bill Bronson / Roy Stokes
Toughest Man in Arizona 1952 Army Officer (uncredited)
The Lusty Men 1952 Gambler with Buster (uncredited)
Cattle Town 1952 Miller
Hellgate 1952 Neill Price
High Noon 1952 Ben Miller
Fireside Theatre 1951-1952 TV Series
Bugles in the Afternoon 1952 Gen. George Armstrong Custer (uncredited)
Distant Drums 1951 Pvt. Jessup (uncredited)
Fort Worth 1951 Outrider (uncredited)
Little Big Horn 1951 Quince
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison 1951 Chick Fullis (uncredited)
Apache Drums 1951 Townsman (uncredited)
Rocky Mountain 1950 Kay Rawlins

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The German Doctor 2013 writer: "Purple People Eater" " - uncredited
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 performer: "Purple People Eater" / writer: "Purple People Eater"
Fetching Cody 2005 performer: "Listening For Your Footsteps" / writer: "Listening For Your Footsteps"
Contact 1997 writer: "Purple People Eater"
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video performer: "Purple People Eater" / writer: "Purple People Eater" - as Wooley
Kidsongs: Very Silly Songs 1991 Video short writer: "The Purple People Eater"
Parents 1989 performer: "Purple People Eater" / writer: "Purple People Eater"
Purple People Eater 1988 performer: "The Purple People Eater" / writer: "The Purple People Eater"
Aloha Summer 1988 performer: "Purple People Eater" / writer: "Purple People Eater"
DTV: Pop & Rock 1984 Video performer: "The Purple People Eater" / writer: "The Purple People Eater"
The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 performer: "Rose of Alabamy Reprise", "Cripple Creek", "The Irish Washerwoman" - uncredited
Wild Rovers 1971 performer: "Wild Rover"
The Split 1968 lyrics: "A Good Woman's Love" / music: "A Good Woman's Love" / performer: "A Good Woman's Love"
Country Boy 1966 performer: "Draggin' the River' / writer: "Draggin' the River'
Hootenanny Hoot 1963 performer: "Hootenanny Hoot", "Building a Railroad" / writer: "Hootenanny Hoot"
Rawhide 1960 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Many Rivers to Cross 1955 performer: "Higher Up The Berry Tree"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rawhide 1961 TV Series story - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hee Haw 1969 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Himself
Shivaree 1966 TV Series Himself
Hootenanny 1964 TV Series Himself / Himself - Performer
Hootenanny Hoot 1963 Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1958-1959 TV Series Himself
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Official Drummer 2016 TV Special The Yell
Aparté 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary
DTV: Pop & Rock 1984 Video Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1962 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama Rawhide (1959) · Endre Bohem (producer)
· George Templeton (director)
· John Dunkel (writer)
· Paul Brinegar (actor)
· Eric Fleming (actor)
· Clint Eastwood (actor)
· Darren McGavin (actor)
1961 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama Rawhide (1959) · Ted Post (director)
· Charles Marquis Warren (producer)
· John Dunkel (writer)
· Dan O'Herlihy (actor)
· Paul Brinegar (actor)
· Eric Fleming (actor)
· Clint Eastwood (actor)


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#Quote
1 [on how he got the idea for his "Purple People Eater" hit song] The Space Age was upon us. Everyone was thinking about rockets and wondering if maybe we would find people up there. A songwriter friend of mine told me his son had come home from school with a joke about a people eater from space. I wrote the song in a matter of minutes--just dashed it off as a sort of afterthought.
2 I came out to Hollywood to become a singing cowboy but when I got here in 1950 they didn't want any singing cowboys, even if you had your own guitar. So I got into the other end of the cowboy business and played mostly heavies in my film career.


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