Chart Performance: Pop( #2), 1965
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Wooly Bully was recorded by a group from Texas – rather than England – at the height of rock ‘n’ roll’s British Invasion of 1964. Sporting nonsensical lyrics and released on the small XL record label, Wooly Bully seemed to have little chance for success. However, one should never bet against the record buying public, and its thirst for new pleasures. Surrounded by The Supremes and The Byrds and The Beach Boys, Sam and his Pharaohs’ Tex-Mex rhythms – now released on MGM – sounded like nothing else in the early summer days of 1965. In fact, with their beturbaned heads they also looked like no other group around. When the single sales were totaled up, Domingo “Sam” Samudio’s tune had earned him a gold record.
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- Stan Kesler
Lyrics Written by:
- Domingo Samudio
- Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording in 1966