|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country yodel canadian cowboy singer-songwriter hardcore punk wilf carter|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s|
18 December 1904, Port Hilford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 5 December 1996, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Carters father, a travelling Baptist minister, was born in Switzerland and his mother in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. Rejecting his mothers wish for him to be a preacher, Wilf was working on a farm with a team of oxen and ploughing at the age of 13. After hearing a vaudeville artist called the Yodelling Fool, he was so impressed that he knew he had to seek a similar career. Soon afterwards he left home, living with tramps and hobos and working as a lumberjack and teamster before finding work as a cowboy. He learned to play the guitar and, writing most of his material, he was soon singing locally. In 1924, he joined the Canadian rodeo circuit, where he mixed competing with singing. Around 1926, he auditioned for a Calgary radio station and was told to stick to milking cows but in 1930, after singing at the famedCalgary...