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 51-75 of 91 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 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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