Roy Wiggins

Roy Wiggins (June 27, 1926 – August 3, 1999), known professionally as Little Roy Wiggins, was an American steel guitarist who is best known for his work with Eddy Arnold. Wiggins began playing professionally at a young age. As Eddy Arnold's first hire, he developed a signature "ting-a-ling" sound that helped make Arnold the most popular country entertainer for a period. As Arnold moved towards pop music, Wiggins' instrumental work was faded to the background, and then dropped entirely. Wiggins then made several solo instrumental recordings, and toured with other country musicians. Late in life he played for tourists in Tennessee.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 27, 1926 (Nashville), Died August 3, 1999 (Sevierville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: steel guitar, electric guitar, leader, guitar, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-4198 10-in. 4/16/1950 What, where and when Golden West Cowboys ; Pee Wee King Vocal trio, with string band songwriter  
Victor E0VB-4267 10-in. 4/26/1950 A prison without walls Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-4268 10-in. 4/26/1950 Cuddle buggin' baby Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-4269 10-in. 4/26/1950 Enclosed, one broken heart Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-4270 10-in. 4/27/1950 Tie me to your apron strings again Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-4285 10-in. 4/27/1950 A million miles from your heart Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5501 10-in. 8/20/1950 The lovebug itch Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5502 10-in. 8/21/1950 White Christmas Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5503 10-in. 8/21/1950 Santa Claus is coming to town Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5839 10-in. 11/9/1950 There's been a change in me Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-5845 10-in. 11/10/1950 Jesus and the atheist Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-6279 10-in. 12/13/1950 Kentucky waltz Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-6280 10-in. 12/13/1950 Something old, something new Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-6281 10-in. 12/13/1950 May the good Lord bless and keep you Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E0VB-6282 10-in. 12/13/1950 I'm writing a letter to the Lord Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-1188 10" 2/20/1951 Look what thoughts will do Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar, leader  
Victor E1VB-1189 10" 2/20/1951 Shine, shave, shower Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with vocal harmonies and string band instrumentalist, steel guitar, leader  
Victor E1VB-1198 10" 2/20/1951 If I should need you (would you say "yes") Oklahoma Wranglers ; The Willis Brothers Male vocal solo, with vocal harmonies and string band instrumentalist, steel guitar, leader  
Victor E1VB-1199 10" 2/20/1951 I know you'll never change Oklahoma Wranglers Male vocal solo, with vocal harmonies and string band instrumentalist, steel guitar, leader  
Victor E1VB-1784 10" 4/18/1951 I wanna play house with you Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-1790 10" 4/16/1951 He knows Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-2003 10" 4/17/1951 Country kisses Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E1VB-2004 10" 4/17/1951 Warm beer and a cold, cold woman Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D4AB-0519 10-in. 12/4/1944 The cattle call Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D5AB-0494 10-in. 7/9/1945 Many tears ago Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wiggins, Roy," accessed January 24, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355917.

Wiggins, Roy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355917.

"Wiggins, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 24 January 2022.

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