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.

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Talents : Singer, Harmonica

Style musical : Bluegrass, Traditional Country, Rockabilly

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LITTLE MAMA (1955)

ONIE'S BOP (1956)

A Booger Gonna Getcha (1956)

GOIN' BACK TO THE CITY (1957)

Too Hot To Handle (1960)

 

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1949 78 t. AGANA 1352/3 (US)

Lonesome Ozark Cowboys - Shackles And Chains (vocal : Little Jean & Onie WHEELER) / What’s Wrong With My Daddy (vocal Onie WHEELER)

1949 78 t. AGANA 1355 (US) .

Onie WHEELER & The Lonesome Ozark Cowboys - Too Young To Marry / You Shattered Many A Dream

11/1953 78 t. OKEH 18022 (US) . Onie WHEELER & His OZARK BOYS - When We All Get There / Run 'em Off
11/1953 SP OKEH 4-18022 (US) . Onie WHEELER & His OZARK BOYS - When We All Get There / Run 'em Off
01/1954 78 t. OKEH 18026 (US) . Mother Prayed Loud In Her Sleep / A Million Years In Glory
01/1954 SP OKEH 4-18026 (US) . Mother Prayed Loud In Her Sleep / A Million Years In Glory
04/1954 78 t. OKEH 18037 (US) . Closing Time / I'll Swear You Don't Love Me
04/1954 SP OKEH 4-18037 (US) . Closing Time / I'll Swear You Don't Love Me
08/1954 78 t. OKEH 18049 (US) . Love Me Like You Used To Do / Little Mama
08/1954 SP OKEH 4-18049 (US) . Love Me Like You Used To Do / Little Mama
11/1954 78 t. OKEH 18058 (US) . Would You Like To Wear A Crown / I Saw Mother With God Last Night
11/1954 SP OKEH 4-18058 (US) . Would You Like To Wear A Crown / I Saw Mother With God Last Night
02/1955 78 t. COLUMBIA 21371 (US) . Little Mama / She Wiggled And Giggled
02/1955 SP COLUMBIA 4-21371 (US) . Little Mama / She Wiggled And Giggled
07/1955 78 t. COLUMBIA 21418 (US) . My Home Is Not A Home At All / That's What I Like
07/1955 SP COLUMBIA 4-21418 (US) . My Home Is Not A Home At All / That's What I Like
10/1955 78 t. COLUMBIA 21454 (US) . Cut It Out / I'm Satisfied With My Dreams
10/1955 SP COLUMBIA 4-21454 (US) . Cut It Out / I'm Satisfied With My Dreams
02/1956 78 t. COLUMBIA 21500 (US) . No I Don't Guess I Will / I Tried & I Tried
02/1956 SP COLUMBIA 4-21500 (US) . No I Don't Guess I Will / I Tried & I Tried
06/1956 78 t. COLUMBIA 21523 (US) . I Wanna Hold My Baby / Onie's Bop
06/1956 SP COLUMBIA 4-21523 (US) . I Wanna Hold My Baby / Onie's Bop
11/1956 78 t. COLUMBIA 40787 (US) . A Booger Gonna Getcha / A Beggar For Your Love
11/1956 SP COLUMBIA 4-40787 (US) . A Booger Gonna Getcha / A Beggar For Your Love
04/1957 78 t. COLUMBIA 40911 (US) . Goin' Back To The City / Steppin' Out
04/1957 SP COLUMBIA 4-40911 (US) . Goin' Back To The City / Steppin' Out
02/1959 78 t. & 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
05/1960 SP K-ARK 606 (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
1961 SP K-ARK 620 (US) .

Go Home / I Saw Mother With God Last Night

10//1961 SP K-ARK 227 (US) .

Please Don't Break His Heart / Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep

11/1961 SP K-ARK 626 (US) . White Lightning Cherokee / My Stubborn Heart
09/1962 SP EPIC 9540 (US) What About Tomorrow (Karen WHEELER) / Sandyland Farmer (Onie Wheeler)
1962 SP VADEN EP-208 (US) .

Go Home / Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / I Saw Mother With God Last Night / Please Don't Break His Heart

04/1964 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-716 (US) . Wanted For Robbery / Who Put Out The Fire
08/1964 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-753 (US) . Stubborn Heart / Who Wrote That Song
06/1965 SP MUSICOR MU 1096 (US) . I'm Gonna Hang My Britches Up / You're Too Good For Me
10/1965 SP MUSICOR MU 1121 (US) . Her Porch Came Up To My Knees / Pretty Little Tomboy
01/1966 SP K-ARK 671 (US) .

I Need To Go Home / (You're Just) Too Hot To Handle

07/1966 SP STARDAY 767 (US) . Mr. Free / Dancing
10/1966 SP STARDAY 785 (US) . Playing Tricks / I Closed My Book Last Night
04/1967 SP JAB 45-9003 (US) .

Water Your Flowers / Just Leave Her To Me

04/1968 SP JAB 45-9013 (US) .

Burn Another Honky Tonk Down / The Dirt Behind My Ears

1969 SP K-ARK 856 (US) .

Please Don't Plant Pretty Flowers / Which-A-Way, That-A-Way

1970 SP K-ARK 914 (US) .

Paint Pretty Pictures / You Got It

11/1971 SP Ole Windmill 102 (US) .

John's Been Shuckin' My Corn / Make 'em All Go Home

12/1972 SP ROYAL AMERICAN 76 (US) . John's Been Shuckin' My Corn / Make 'em All Go Home
06/1973 SP Ole Windmill 1004 (US) .

I Can't Pass An Orchard / Shuckin' My Way To The Hall Of Fame

1973 SP ROYAL AMERICAN 85 (US) . I Can't Pass An Orchard / Shuckin' My Way To The Hall Of Fame
12/1974 SP Papa Joe PJ-720 (US) .

The Train To Louisville / Be Kind To The Children

1975 SP Papa Joe PJ-722 (US) .

Eio (The Sawmill Man) (Onie Wheeler (and His Country Harmonica)) / / The Train To Louisville (Onie Wheeler)

1975 SP RANWOOD R-1025 (US) . Onie Wheeler (and His Country Harmonica) - Eio (The Sawmill Man) / The Train To Louisville
197? SP Papa Joe PJ-735 (US) .

Onie's French Harp Boogie / I've Pleased All The Rest

197? SP ONIE OR-101 (US) .

There's No Relief In Sight / Take Me Back To My Home

08/1978 SP CHARTA CH 122 (US) .

I Don't Believe We're Through / Pick Up The Pieces

12/1978 SP CHARTA CH 129 (US) .

Lucie Ann's Song / I Don't Believe We're Through

1980 SP CHARTA CH 148 (US) .

I'd Rather Scratch With The Chickens / Onie's Bop

1982 SP CHARTA CH 176 (US) .

He'll Never Die Unhappy [The Wheeler's : Onie, Jean, Karen Jerene and Danny] / Ol' George [Onie Wheeler and Danny Wheeler]























Unissued Tracks

1957 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 15542 (#31) / Sun (England) LP 1030 (#15))

Bonaparte's Retreat (instr.)

1957 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 15542 (#22))

Hazel

1957 SUN unissued

I'll Love You For A Life Time

1957 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 15542 (#7)

Long Gone

1957 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 15542 (#12) / Bear Family CD 16405 (#22) / Sun (England) LP 1030 (#7))

That's All

1957 SUN unissued - (Bear Family CD 15542 (#11) / Castle Pulse CD 344 (#14) / Charly CD 8181 (#11) / Disky CD 04 (#51) / Select CD 586 (#21) / Sun 10 805 (#8) / Sun (England) LP 1030 (#6))

Walkin' Shoes

Albums

195? LP 12" ARLEN VADEN LP-100 (US)

The Old Country Church - Southern Gospel Singers, Onie WheelerRay Baker's Happy Travelers - I Saw Mother With God Last Night / At Mother's Knee / He'll Make The Way / You've Got To Go Down / Just As The Sun Went Down / More Praying, Less Straying / He Brought Me In / Mother's Not Dead / Go Home / Come Unto Me / I'll Be Satisfied Poor / Precious Memories / The Old Country Church / I Can't Help What Others Do / My Faith Is Built Upon This Rock / Who Will Be The First

1973 LP 12" ONIE ORLP-100S (US)

Onie's Mother's Songs - John's Been Shuckin'my Corn / Shuckin' My Way To The Hall Of Fame / Run 'em Off; Onie's Bop / Might As Well Hang My Britches Up / Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / I Saw Mother With God Last Night / Mother Rang The Dinner Bell And Sang / Heaven To Gain Hell To Lose / Go Home

1982 LP 12" BRYLEN BN-4448 (US) SOMETHING NEW AND SOMETHING OLD - She's Laying Down The Lovin' / Lunch Box Hero / Wreck Of The Old 97 / Lucian's Song / John's Been Shuckin' My Corn / Laying Around With Susie / Living Without You / Onie's Bop / I'd Rather Scratch With Two Chickens / Shuckin' My Way To The Hall Of Fame
198? LP 12" I + B IB 1001 (UK)

John's Been Shuckin' My Corn - John's Been Shuckin' My Corn / Shuckin' My Way To The Hall Of Fame / Run Em Off / Onie's Bop / Might As Well Hang My Britches Up / Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / I Saw Mother With God Last Night / Mother Rang The Dinner Bell And Sang / There's Heaven To Gain, Hell To Lose / Go Home

09/1991 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
2003 CD Hillbilly Researcher HBR 065 (UK)

Onie Wheeler - THE SINGLES 1960-1969 - (You're Just) Too Hot To Handle / I Need To Go Home / All Day, All Night, Always / You're Getting All Over Me / I Saw Mother With God / Go Home / Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / Please Don't Break His Heart / White Lightning Cherokee Water / My Stubborn Heart / Sandyland Farmer / Wanted For Robbery / Who Put Out The Fire / Stubborn Hear / Who Wrote That Song / I'm Gonna Hang My Britches Up / You're Too Good For Me / Her Porch Came Up To My Knees / Pretty Little Tomboy / Last Night Dancing / Playing Tricks / Mr. Free / I Closed My Book Last Night / Your Flowers / Just Leave Her To Me / Burn Another Honky Tonk Down / The Dirt Behind My Years / Which-A-Way, That-A-Way / Please Don't Plant Pretty Flowers / Onie's Bop

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