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 76-91 of 91 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-91 of 91 records)

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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