June 9 – Sheb Wooley, War of the Worlds, Black-Eyed Peas

1958

Character actor, singer Sheb Wooley gets himself a US#1 with a novelty song called The Purple People Eater.

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

Raised in Oklahoma, Sheb was a cowhand in his youth. He played scout Pete Nolan on 50s TV western series Rawhide for a number of years.

 ( Website Wooley at IMDB

1978

Jeff Wayne‘s most excellent prog rock musical version of War of the Worlds (*) is released.

It spends 330 weeks on UK top-75 album charts.

There must be something worth living for
There must be something worth trying for
Even some things worth dying for
And if one man can stand tall
There must be hope for us all
Somewhere, somewhere, in the spirit of man

Cast notes:
David Essex, playing ‘The Artilleryman’, got started as the lead in the London production of stage musical Godspell in 1971 at the age of 23.
Phil Lynott leader and composer of Thin Lizzy, who plays ‘The Parson’, dies of drug and alcohol dependency in 1986.
Most of the lyrics are by Gary Osborne, who had written lyrics for Elton John through the album A Single Man.

On June 23, 2005 the original album is re-released on a remastered 2-disc SACD set; and in a 7-disc collector’s edition. A live tour takes place in the UK, Ireland and Australia in 2006-7.

 ( Website Eve of the War 

2009

US hip hop and electronic music group Black Eyed Peas release fifth studio album The E.N.D..

Despite lukewarm critical response, the album quickly becomes an international top-5 hit. Lead single Boom Boom Pow became the group’s first #1, topping the US chart for 12 weeks ; second single, I Gotta Feeling does the same for 14 weeks.

Late 2010 album The Beginning does nearly as well; single The Time becomes an international #1.

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