Wilmer McCormick started singing when he was just 11 years old and was
only 13 when he made his first stage appearance on a local talent show
in Defuniak Springs, Florida. He won that contest with his little sister, the
prize being ten dollars. He would win more prizes and contests down the road
and would make personal appearances with his dad and uncle.
As his popularity grew, so did his work - he did radio shows in Enterprise,
Alabama; Crestview, Florida and Defuniak Springs, Florida.
By the time he was 16 (in 1953) he had his own band that was comprised
of his father, two sisters and a cousin. They had a daily program
and a one-hour jamboree type show that aired on Saturday afternoons
over WGEA in Geneva, Alabama. At WGEA, they reportedly got more fan mail
than any other entertainers that performed there.
They made regular personal appearances in the areas, including the Tropical Inn,
the American Legion Hall and the Esto Inn.
One of the highlights of his early career was when Ernest Tubb invited him
to appear on his Midnight Jamboree show that aired from his record shop in
Nashville, Tennessee. Also appearing that night were other stars such as
Tex Ritter, George Featherstone, and Kitty Wells. He even got invited to appear
on a jamboree show up on Dunville, Ontario in Canada. And did several stage
shows with the Lonzo and Oscar show.
He wrote a few tunes too, including "Don't Flutter By Sweet Butter Fly" and
"The Death Of Hank Williams".
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.32; March-April 1954, American Folk Publications, Inc.;