The legal profession lost a lawyer in Tucson, Arizona when Woody Mercer
became a cowboy singing star and appearing on the WLS National Barn
Dance in Chicago. Woody was born and raised in Cochise County in Arizona.
He remembered that the first taste of music he heard was the crying
fiddle, the guitar playing and singing of Oscar and Christi Anderson,
some family friends. After hearing them, he decided he was going to learn
how to pick and sing, too and the first instrument he tried was the banjo.
Ms. Prussman quotes Woody as stating "THere's no music so wonderful and
soul-pleasing as country music." That music was a part of his life from
helping him pay for his law education and degree, and then coming to his
rescue again when income was slow while starting off as a new lawyer. And he
had no better authority to start singing than Levi Udall, Chief Justice of the
Arizona Supreme Court who told Woody that he should be singing for a living
after hearing him sing. Woody mentions he had heard that a lot from many
friends. Later on, Glenn Snyder, the station manager at WLS offered him
a contract. Needless to say, he didn't need a judge to tell him to accept that.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 41 (June 1955); Dorothy Prussman, President Woody
Mercer Fan Club; American Folk Publications;
Inc.; Derby, CT.