The Purple People Eater

“The Purple People Eater”  is a novelty song written and performed by Sheb Wooley, which reached #1 in the Billboard pop charts in 1958 from June 9 to July 14, and reached #12 overall.  (More from Wikipedia)

In June 1958the Big Bopper was going to record a new song called “Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor”, featuring two characters from popular novelty songs of the day:  the David Seville song Witch Doctor” that was mentioned already, and the Sheb Wooley hit “The Purple People Eater” about the “one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater” who wants to be a “singer in a rock and roll band”.  (Both of these characters used sped-up vocals in the songs).   


(June 2013/1)


Last edited: March 22, 2021