Salvatore “Sal” Mineo, Jr. (January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976), was an American film and theatre actor, best known for his performance as John “Plato” Crawford in the film Rebel Without a Cause. In 1957, Mineo made a brief foray into pop music by recording a handful of songs and an album. Two of his singles reached the Top 40 in the United States Billboard Hot 100.
After a lull, Mineo’s career had begun to turn aroundby 1976. While playing the role of a bisexual burglar in a series of stage performances of the comedy, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, in San Francisco, Mineo received substantial publicity from many positive reviews, and he moved to Los Angeles along with the play.
Mineo was arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, when he was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment building in West Hollywood, California. Mineo was stabbed just once, not repeatedly as first reported, but the knife blade struck his heart, leading to immediate and fatal internal bleeding.
You Shouldn’t Do That
Let the Good Times Roll
Do You Mean to Hurt Me So
Let the Good Times Roll
Feel So Good
Oh. My. Goodness. I completely forgot about this song! I loved, loved, loved this song growing up. I’d listen to it every Halloween. Year round, but especially on Halloween. I knew all the lyrics and would run around dancing (you can call it that, I wouldn’t but you can) all over the house.
It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater)
A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)
Well he came down to earth and he lit in a tree
I said Mr. Purple People Eater, don’t eat me
I heard him say in a voice so gruff
I wouldn’t eat you cuz you’re so tough
Shelby F. “Sheb” Wooley (April 10, 1921 – September 16, 2003) was a character actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song “The Purple People Eater”.
The Purple People Eater
I Can’t Believe You’re Mine
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer. She found fame in the mid-1950s and has been called “one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century”.
In the US, she is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979).
Strange How Love Can Be
I couldn’t find much on Shirlee Hunter, except she was on a list of performers that appeared from 1955–1960 on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee. The show was renamed Country Music Jubilee and later Jubilee USA. Ferlin Husky (aka Simon Crum), June Carter, Jimmy Dean and many more also appeared on the show.
Cryin’ and I’m Only Halfway Home
The Last Place You Go