Thursday, April 7, 2011


Sheb Wooley has found his way into your head many many ways over the period of his life and beyond it.

Wooley appeared in dozens of western films and in western TV shows in the 1950s through the 1970s, most notably High Noon, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Cisco Kid, and Rawhide.

He taught his 2nd cousin Roger Miller to play guitar chords, and purchasing him a fiddle.

He wrote the theme song for the long-running television show Hee Haw.

He was a regular on Hee Haw and The Muppet Show as the drunken country songwriter Ben Colder. He released music and performed as Ben Colder as well as under his own name.

His most famous act was his penning and recording of the novelty sound "Purple People Eater".

And perhaps even more burned into our pop culture is Wooley's scream. He was used as a voice actor for the Wilhelm Scream, a scream that ended up in the popular Warner Brothers stock sound library for TV and film and has been used by sound effects teams in countless TV and video games as well as over 149 films including Star Wars and all of the Indiana Jones films. Over the years it has gained a cult following among movie and horror fans.

We salute you Sheb on what would have been your 90th birthday this week!

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