The Purple People Eater

CarolM

San Bernardino, United States

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This not the one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater. It is the orange-eyed fat faced hungry purple people eater. lol. I couldn’t resist the title as I remember the song so well. Here’s a few facts about the real purple people eater:

The Purple People Eater" is a novelty song, written and performed by Sheb Wooley, that reached #1 in the Billboard pop charts in 1958.

“The Purple People Eater” tells how a strange monster (described as a “one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater”) descends to earth because it wants to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. The premise of the song came from a joke.

It is worth noting that the monster isn’t necessarily purple but rather it is purple people that the monster eats, as shown in the following excerpt:

“I said Mr Purple People Eater, what’s your line?
He said eating purple people, and it sure is fine
But that’s not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock ’n roll band”

Original photo was of a gorilla.

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