Chanteur et harmoniciste Country US né le 10 Novembre 1921 à Senath (Missouri). Onie Wheeler, ancien fermier, a fait ses débuts en 1950 sur la radio KWOC en tant que leader des "Ozark Cowboys". Il enregistra chez Agena, Okeh (53), Columbia (55-57), Sun (59) et K-Ark Records (61). Il fut chanteur régulier sur KSIM (Sikeston, Missouri). Depuis, il était devenu membre régulier de l'orchestre de Roy Acuff. Onie Wheeler est mort sur la scène du Grand Ole Opry de Nashville le 26 Mai 1984. Il est le père de Karen Wheeler.

Born in Senath, MO, on November 10, 1921, Onie Wheeler recorded traditional country, bluegrass, and rockabilly (for Sun) in a career that stretched from a small radio show in Missouri all the way to the Grand Ole Opry. He played guitar and harmonica as a child, but never performed professionally until after service in World War II. Beginning in 1945, he worked radio broadcasts in Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, and Kentucky. Wheeler formed the Ozark Cowboys five years later with Ernest Thompson and brothers A.J. and Doyal Nelson. The Cowboys played clubs in Texas in 1952, and were encouraged to travel to Nashville by Little Jimmy Dickens.
After reaching Music City, Onie Wheeler and the Cowboys found a deal with Columbia. He recorded in 1953, and though his material wasn't successful, Lefty Frizzell reached the Country Top Ten a year later with Wheeler's "Run 'Em Off." By the mid-'50s, his repertoire began to lean toward rockabilly; he signed to Sun Records in 1957, and toured with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. He spent some of the late '50s in California, but returned to Nashville to record for Epic, Starday, United Artists, and Musicor during the '60s. Wheeler toured with the bands of George Jones and Roy Acuff, and finally hit the charts himself when "John's Been Shucking My Corn" placed modestly in 1973. He even watched his daughter Karen place three singles on the charts during the mid-'70s. Wheeler owned and operated a guitar repair shop during the late '70s and early '80s, working occasionally with Acuff on the Grand Ole Opry. He was playing at the Opry with Rev. Jimmie Snow in May 1984 when he collapsed and died on-stage

Talents : Singer, Harmonica

Style musical : Bluegrass, Traditional Country, Rockabilly

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Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1953 SP OKEH 18022 (US) When We All Get There / Run 'em Off
1953 SP OKEH 18026 (US) Mother Prayed Loud In Her Sleep / A Million Years In Glory
1954 SP OKEH 18037 (US) Closing Time / I'll Swear You Don't Love Me
1954 SP OKEH 18049 (US) Love Me Like You Used To Do / Little Mama
1954 SP OKEH 18058 (US) Would You Like To Wear A Crown / I Saw Mother With God Last Night
03/1955 SP COLUMBIA 4-21371 (US) Little Mama / She Wiggled And Giggled
1955 SP COLUMBIA 4-21418 (US) My Home Is Not A Home At All / That's What I Like
1955 SP COLUMBIA 4-21454 (US) Cut It Out / I'm Satisfied With My Dreams
1956 SP COLUMBIA 4-21500 (US) No I Don't Guess I Will / I Tried & I Tried
06/1956 SP COLUMBIA 4-21523 (US) I Wanna Hold My Baby / Onie's Bop
11/1956 SP COLUMBIA 4-40787 (US) A Booger Gonna Getcha / A Beggar For Your Love
05/1957 SP COLUMBIA 4-40911-c (US) Goin' Back To The City / Steppin' Out
03/1959 SP SUN 315 (US) Tell 'em Off / Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox
1960 SP SCOTTIE 1325 (US) Too Hot To Handle / I Need To Go Home
04/1961 SP K-ARK 617 (US) You're Getting All Over Me / All Day, All Night, All Ways
11/1961 SP K-ARK 626 (US) White Lightning Cherokee / My Stubborn Heart
1962 SP EPIC 9540 (US) Sandyland Farmer / What About Tomorrow
1964 SP UNITED ARTISTS 716 (US) Wanted For Robbery / Who Put Out The Fire
1964 SP UNITED ARTISTS 753 (US) Stubborn Heart / Who Wrote That Song
1965 SP MUSICOR 1096 (US) I'm Gonna Hang My Britches Up / You're Too Good For Me
1965 SP MUSICOR 1121 (US) Her Porch Came Up To My Knees / Pretty Little Tomboy
1966 SP STARDAY 767 (US) Mr. Free / Dancing
1966 SP STARDAY 785 (US) Playing Tricks / I Closed My Book Last Night
1973 SP ROYAL AMERICAN 76 (US) John's Been Shucking My Corn / Make 'em All Go Home
197? SP ROYAL AMERICAN 85 (US) I Can't Pass An Orchard / Shuckin' My Way To The Hall Of Fame

Albums

1973 LP 12" ONIE 100 (US) JOHN'S BEEN SHUCKIN' MY CORN
1982 LP 12" BRYLEN BN-4448 (US) SOMETHING NEW AND SOMETHING OLD
1991 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15542 (GER) ONIE'S BOP - Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox / Tell 'Em Off [master] / I Wanna Hold My Baby / Onie's Bop / A Booger Gonna Getcha / Going Back To The City / Long Gone / Steppin' Out / I'll Love You For A Lifetime / A Beggar For Your Love / Walkin' Shoes [take 2] / That's All / Cut It Out / That's What I Like / She Wiggled And Giggled / I'm Satisfied With My Dreams / No, I Don't Guess I Will / Would You Like To Wear A Crown / I Saw Mother With God Last Night / My Home Is Not A Home At All / Little Mama / Hazel / Closing Time / I Tried And I Tried / I'll Swear You Don't Love Me / Love Me Like You Used To Do / When We All Get There / Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / A Million Years In Glory / Run 'Em Off / Bonaparte's Retreat

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