Wooly Bully (2:20)

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“Wooly Bully” is a popular song originally recorded by Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll band Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965. Based on a standard 12-bar blues progression, it was written by the band’s leader, Domingo “Sam” Samudio. It was released as a single on the Memphis-based Pen label and distributed via MGM.
“Wooly Bully” was the band’s first and biggest hit. It became a worldwide sensation, selling three million copies and reaching No. 2 on the American Hot 100 chart on June 5, 1965.[1] It was the first American record to sell a million copies during the British Invasion, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. It lingered in the Hot 100 for a then-impressive 18 weeks and was named Billboard’s “Number One Record of the Year” despite never reaching No. 1. It remained the only record to achieve that feat for 35 years, until Faith Hill’s “Breathe” repeated it in 2000.


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