Country Singer — Sheba’a Wooley

Sheba’a Wooley (10 April 1921 – 16 September 2003) was an American character actor, and singer, known for its successful theme of 1958 “The Purple People Eater”. As an actor was known his interpretation of Miller, Frank Miller brother in the film High Noon as well as his character on the television series Rawhide.


His full name was Shelby f. Wooley, and was born in Erick, Oklahoma. Raised on a farm and learned to ride at an early age, working as a cowboy and rodeo rider. In addition, played in a music group country and western.

Wooley attempted to enlist during the Second World War, but was rejected because of the sequels that presented on the occasion of his activity in the rodeo. Instead, he worked in the oil industry as a welder. In 1946 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and he devoted himself to music, country and western.

Wooley acted in dozens of westerns from the 1950s to 1970s, notably High Noon, The Outlaw Josey Wales and giant. In 1954 he was Jim Younger outlaw in the television series Stories of the Century. Wooley embodied five times to Carl show The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951-1955). Also participated in The Cisco Kid as Bill Bronson, and Harry Runyon was in the episode “The Unmasking” Western CBS My Friend Flicka.

Wooley was, along with Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, and Paul Brinegar, one of the protagonists, the role of Pete Nolan, western CBS series Rawhide (1959-1966).

Late 1950s Wooley began recording, career recording the song that the would be famous, “Purple People Eater”. This topic was followed by a series of hits more orthodox style. Wooley also wrote the theme song for the TV show Hee Haw. Wooley also had several hits country. Thus, “That’s my PA” reached # 1 on the Hot Country Songs March 1962 Billboard magazine’s list.

Also participated regularly in Hee Haw and The Muppet Show, as the drunk musician Ben Colder country. With this name wrote and singing in real life. Wooley wanted to record the song “Don’t Go Near The Indians”, but his interpretive work postponed the disk. Meanwhile, Rex Allen recorded the song, which was a success. Wooley said that he would do a sequel. His release was “Don’t Go Near the Eskimos”, and was about a boy Alaska named Ben Colder (play on words of cold Alaska). This version was so successful that continuous singer using name for 40 years, being one of their recent topics “Shaky Breaky Car”.

Wooley is the actor who voiced the Wilhelm Scream, having acted as an extra voice in distant drums. This recording of a cry has been used as a sound effect in more than 149 films.

Wooley continued on an occasional basis in television and cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, highlighting its role as Cletus Summers in the 1986 film Hoosiers.

In 1996 she was diagnosed with leukemia, and died of the disease in the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003, at the age of 82. He was buried in the cemetery Hendersonville Memory Gardens of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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