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

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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-in. 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-in. 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-in. 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-in. 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-in. 4/18/1951 I wanna play house with you Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-1790 10-in. 4/16/1951 He knows Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor E1VB-2003 10-in. 4/17/1951 Country kisses Oklahoma Wranglers ; Guy Willis Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E1VB-2004 10-in. 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  
Victor D5AB-0495 10-in. 7/9/1945 I walk alone Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D5AB-1218 10-in. 11/21/1945 (I'll have to) live and learn Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D5AB-1219 10-in. 11/21/1945 Be sure there's no mistake Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D5AB-1220 10-in. 11/21/1945 I couldn't believe it was true Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D5AB-1221 10-in. 11/21/1945 I talk to myself about you Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D6VB-1870 10-in. 3/20/1946 All alone in the world without you Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D6VB-1871 10-in. 3/20/1946 Can't win, can't place, can't show Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with vocal trio and string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D6VB-1872 10-in. 3/20/1946 What's life without love Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D6VB-1873 10-in. 3/20/1946 That's how much I love you Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D6VB-1875 10-in. 3/20/1946 Chained to a memory Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-0730 10-in. 5/18/1947 Don't bother to cry Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0732 10-in. 5/18/1947 I'll hold you in my heart (till I can hold you in my arms) Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0733 10-in. 5/18/1947 Bouquet of roses Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0734 10-in. 5/18/1947 What a fool I was Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0735 10-in. 5/18/1947 Little angel with a dirty face Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0737 10-in. 5/18/1947 Take them cold feet outa my back (before I kick you out) Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0738 10-in. 5/18/1947 Old buttermilk sky Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0739 10-in. 5/18/1947 Cornbread, 'lasses and sassafrass tea Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-0740 10-in. 5/18/1947 My adobe hacienda Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1517 10-in. 8/18/1947 When you were sweet sixteen Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1518 10-in. 8/18/1947 Poppin' bubble gum Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1519 10-in. 8/18/1947 You blacked my blue eyes once too often Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1521 10-in. 8/18/1947 There's a hole in the bottom of the sea Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1522 10-in. 8/18/1947 Near you Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with comic dialogue and string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1523 10-in. 8/18/1947 You won't do it no more Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1524 10-in. 8/18/1947 Last ole dollar Lonzo and Oscar ; Winston County Pea Pickers Male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1525 10-in. 8/19/1947 The prisoner's song Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1526 10-in. 8/19/1947 Rockin' alone (in an old rocking chair) Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1527 10-in. 8/19/1947 It makes no difference now Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1528 10-in. 8/19/1947 Will the circle be unbroken (my family circle) Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1529 10-in. 8/19/1947 Seven years with the wrong woman Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1530 10-in. 8/19/1947 Mollie darling Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1531 10-in. 8/19/1947 I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1532 10-in. 8/19/1947 Who at my door is standing Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-1533 10-in. 8/14/1947 Answer to rainbow at midnight Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1534 10-in. 8/20/1947 Then I turned and walked slowly away Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1535 10-in. 8/20/1947 Texarkana baby Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1536 10-in. 8/20/1947 (In the) hills of tomorrow Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1537 10-in. 8/20/1947 My daddy is only a picture Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1539 10-in. 8/20/1947 There's not a thing (I wouldn't do for you) Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-1541 10-in. 8/20/1947 Anytime Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D7VB-2821 10-in. 12/17/1947 A heart full of love (for a handful of kisses) Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-2825 10-in. 12/17/1947 You know how talk gets around Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D7VB-2826 10-in. 12/17/1947 Just a little love (will go a long, long way) Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4086 10-in. 12/20/1948 I wish I had a girl like you, mother Eddy Arnold String band, with male vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4087 10-in. 12/20/1948 My mother's sweet voice Eddy Arnold String band, with male vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4088 10-in. 12/20/1948 There's no wings on my angel Eddy Arnold String band, with male vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4089 10-in. 12/20/1948 The echo of your footsteps Eddy Arnold String band, with male vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4096 10-in. 12/21/1948 Don't rob another man's castle Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4104 10-in. 12/22/1948 Show me the way back to your heart Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D8VB-4106 10-in. 12/22/1948 One kiss too many Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-1237 10-in. 4/5/1949 I'm throwing rice (at the girl I love) Eddy Arnold ; Ben Lambert Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-1239 10-in. 4/5/1949 Why should I cry? Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-1240 10-in. 4/5/1949 C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2233 10-in. 9/13/1949 Take me in your arms and hold me Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2235 10-in. 9/13/1949 Evil tempt me not Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2236 10-in. 9/13/1949 When Jesus beckons me home Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2237 10-in. 9/13/1949 Will Santy come to shanty town Eddy Arnold ; Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2238 10-in. 9/13/1949 Beautiful Isle of Somewhere Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2239 10-in. 9/13/1949 The lily of the valley Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2240 10-in. 9/13/1949 Softly and tenderly Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2241 10-in. 9/14/1949 Mama and daddy broke my heart Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2242 10-in. 9/14/1949 Nearest thing to heaven Eddy Arnold Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2244 10-in. 9/14/1949 I'll never slip around again Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Victor D9VB-2245 10-in. 9/14/1949 Revenge Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Columbia CO43173 10-in. 4/26/1950 What, where and when Leon McAuliffe and his Western Swing Band String band, with male vocal trio songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wiggins, Roy," accessed June 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355917.

Wiggins, Roy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355917.

"Wiggins, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

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