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 (Results 26-50 of 91 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 91 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wiggins, Roy," accessed June 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355917.

Wiggins, Roy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355917.

"Wiggins, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 June 2024.

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