He formed a pop band named The Avant Garde, and in 1968 had a hit song called which reached #40 on the Billboard charts. Woolery appeared on several TV music and talent shows, and it wasn't long before his talent for capturing an audience was discovered.
It wasn't his music, however, that made him stand out.
And normally when you do a pilot it takes many twists and turns before it gets to the air. So they had a year to play with it." Inversely, Wheel has rarely acknowledged Chuck's contributions and has only ever shown one clip from his tenure: the first eight seconds from January 18, 1978 on the ceremonial 3,000th and 4,000th nighttime shows, the latter giving it a caption of "1983".
Chuck married Teri Nelson in 1985, having two children (Michael and Sean) before getting divorced in 2004; the Naturally Stoned documentary series caused their marriage to fall apart so badly that GSN withheld the last episode for a week and reworked it into what was essentially an apology and retraction. Woolery is a co-founder and member of Restart Congress, a political action committee dedicated to pointing out hypocrisy in Washington DC and passing an amendment to the Constitution that would establish term limits for members of Congress; Chuck's videos (see link below) generally serve the same purpose while injecting a bit of humor at times, usually through "Stupid Laws Friday", with longer videos consisting of him outlining a multi-step plan to fix certain national problems.
One such video, on gun laws, has Chuck show a clip of Ice T's thoughts on the subject and refers to him as a "fellow rapper", after which a small picture appears of Woolery's "Naturally Stoned" rap for GSN.
"), saying "same options apply" (spin, buy, or solve) if a contestant bought a vowel and had enough for another, informing home viewers of the Used Letter Board, and licking his finger just before doing the Final Spin.
During the Final Spin, Chuck always tried to "aim" for the top dollar value (from late 1979 onward, he'd try for $2,000 but hoped for $1,500 if it turned out he spun the Wheel too hard).
Charles Herbert "Chuck" Woolery (born March 16, 1941 in Ashland, Kentucky; last name sometimes incorrectly spelled "Wollery" since at least August 1976; among other places, this can be seen on Page 39 of the 1987 TV Game Show Fever magazine) was the first Wheel of Fortune host, doing the 1973 pilot Shopper's Bazaar and the series itself from 1975-81.
He is best known for saying "We'll be back in 2 and 2.", a quote he began using on Love Connection as a throw to commercial breaks.
In 1968, he and Elkin "Bubba" Fowler scored a psychedelic rock hit with "Naturally Stoned" as The Avant-Garde (their other songs, "Yellow Beads" in 1967 and "Fly With Me!
" in 1968, did not do near as well), and around this point Chuck sang the titular jingle in this commercial for Fab laundry detergent.
After it failed to click with test audiences, he was replaced for the second and third pilots by Edd Byrnes (who was also deemed to not be a good host); Chuck turned down the now-refined Wheel two or three times, believing that country music was his calling.