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This Day in History - 12.29.2011

Sheb Wooley Put His Stamp on First Commercial Record

By Sydney Froistad

On December 29, 1945, Sheb Wooley recorded the first commercial record made in Nashville, TN. You may recognize him best for his song "The Purple People Eater" which was ranked #1 for six weeks straight in 1958, selling over 3 million records. He continued to produce more country songs such as "Sunday Morning Falling, Down" and "Fifteen Years Ago", sometimes recording under the name of Ben Colder. In 1968, the Country Music Association named Sheb Comedian Of The Year. He would go on to act in the TV show "Rawhide" as well as roles in "Rocky Mountain," "Giant," and "Hoosiers."