"Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder: Those Sons of Mitches!"
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Ben Colder | Shelby Wooley
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[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.
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 ...