What has one eye, flies, has a horn, and eats purple? The answer is one of the big hit songs of 1958.
“The Purple People Eater” was a throw away song for Sheb Wooley but the management of his record label liked it enough to release it as a single. It first reached the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Charts during May of 1958 and before it was through, it had topped all three BILLBOARD Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 6/9/58 – 6 weeks at number one.
Most Played By DJ’s Chart – 6/23/58 – 4 weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 – 6/15/58 – 6 weeks at number one.
“The Purple People Eater would be the highlight of his career. He was a successful actor and had a nice career as a country artist but would never have another song reach the top 50 on the Pop chart.