Chanteur Country Canadien né Wilfred Arthur Charles Carter, le 18 Décembre 1904 à Guysboro (Nova Scotia). Wilf Carter résidait à Winter Park (Floride) en 1956. Il enregistrait aussi sous le nom de Montana Slim. Il est décédé le 5 Décembre 1996 à Scottsdale (Arizona).

Although he is largely forgotten today outside of Canada, where his commercial career lasted far longer than it did in the United States, Wilf Carter was a unique presence in country music and cowboy music from the 1930s until the end of the 1950s. Rare is the mid-century yodeller whose background predates the start of Jimmie Rodgers' career — Carter represented one of the longest surviving links with country music before there was a recording industry. Although Canadian by birth, he was seduced by country music and, specifically, by the wonder of the American West, and created a body of work as unique and distinctive as any singer/guitarist of his era, romantic, playful, and upbeat.
He was born Wilfred Arthur Charles Carter, one of nine children. The family was poor, and by the time he was eight or nine, Carter was helping to support them by working in the fields in the nearby Annapolis Valley. By age 12, he was working away from home. It was a traveling show and the presence of a performer known as "The Yodeling Fool" introduced him to country music and inspired him to learn to yodel. Carter worked farms in central Nova Scotia during his early teens, and when he was 16, he left home in a dispute with his father, a strict Baptist and missionary, over attending prayer services. At age 17, he came to the United States to work in Massachusetts for a time, but he later returned to Nova Scotia. He later headed to Western Canada to work the harvests out in Alberta, and he became adept at breaking horses. It was while in Western Canada that Carter began singing at local dances, and he auditioned for a spot on the radio in 1925. At the time, he usually sang and yodeled without accompaniment, or occasionally added an autoharp.
By 1929, he'd moved to Calgary and competed in local rodeos. When he sang, it was mostly for money on the street. Finally, in 1930, he got a job with a Calgary radio station, CFCN ("The Voice of the Prairies"), singing one night each week. This led to a job offer from the CBC, and he also signed a contract as a songwriter with a Toronto publishing house. Carter had taken up the guitar by then, which he taught himself. Carter was hired as a trail hand and entertainer by the Canadian Pacific Railway, which ran tours for Easterners seeking a taste of the real West. Eventually he became the company's major entertainer. He had a chance to audition for RCA Records' Canadian branch in Montreal, but couldn't afford to lose the pay that it would cost him if he made the trip, even if passage was free (as the Canadian railway was offering). Finally, late in 1933, when the cruise ship on which he was singing was on the East Coast of Canada, he got to Montreal for a chance to audition for RCA, and this resulted in a contract early in 1934 and the release of his first record, "My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby" b/w "The Capture of Albert Johnson." The record went on to become a hit in Canada, and prospects were looking better for Carter. In those days, however, most record contracts — in the United States and even more so in Canada — were structured more as a means of getting the artist exposure, rather than a lucrative activity in their own right, and Carter continued living hand-to-mouth.
In 1935, while in New York, he began broadcasting on the CBS radio network as "Montana Slim," a name he picked up when the typist transcribing lyrics attached it to him. The name seemed to fit him, however, and from that time on, many of his records were issued in Canada credited to Wilf Carter, and American releases were credited to Montana Slim. In contrast to Canadian broadcasting, radio in New York during the 1930s was the big time — at the epicenter of the entertainment world in those days, in fact — and paid commensurately better; by 1937, his broadcasts out of New York had brought Carter (who was by then married to the former Bobbie Bryan, a Pennsylvania-born nurse) sufficient success to allow him to buy a ranch in Alberta in 1937. He moved between the CBC, NBC, and CBS over the next three years until CBS dropped him in 1940. An automobile accident around that time resulted in a period of nearly four years during which Carter didn't record at all and hardly performed.
In 1947, Carter began recording for RCA-Victor in America, and two years later, he and his family moved to New Jersey. That same year, Carter made his only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Despite his sporadic success, Carter still had a following sufficient in the postwar era to keep him busy performing on a regular basis, including at least one national tour, and he always had bookings in Canada, where he began touring with his daughters Sheila and Carol as backup singers in 1953. His first contractual relationship with RCA ended in 1952, and two years later, he signed with Decca Records. These sessions, done at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, featured a backing band that included Chet Atkins and Grady Martin. His record sales in America had dropped steadily and he left Decca in 1957. He was still popular enough in Canada to justify recording, however, and Carter simply financed the recordings himself and then leased them to one of the major Canadian labels, including RCA.
Carter lived a dual existence between Calgary and the American South for many years. He went into semi-retirement in the late '60s, although he continued to record and perform occasionally, and some of his later RCA sides, although they were intended for the Canadian market, did get released in America. He remained busy recording and writing through the 1960s — briefly for Starday Records but primarily for RCA — and into the 1980s. The death of his wife in 1989 and the ravages of age all served to take their toll, so that by the early '90s, Carter was considered retired, although he was planning another tour as of 1993, which never took place. Despite his sporadic career in the U.S.A., he made a sufficient impression on his peers to be elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Carter died in early December of 1996, just a couple of weeks short of his 92nd birthday, two months after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country,  Cowboy, Yodeling

ROSE OF MY HEART (1937) (Montana SLIM)

NO LETTER TODAY (1944) (Wilf CARTER)

MY MOUNTAIN HIGH YODEL SONG (1954) (Montana SLIM)

SILVER BELL YODEL (1956) (Montana SLIM)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

12/1933 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4966 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Swiss Moonlight Lullaby / The Capture Of Albert Johnson
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4968 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - A Cowboy's Best Friend Is His Pony / The Hobo's Blues
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4969 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Twilight On The Prairie / Little Silver-Haired Sweetheart Of Mine
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4972 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Dear Old Daddy Of Mine / The Round-Up In The Fall
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4974 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - He Rode The Strawberry Roan / Take Me Back To Old Montana
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4976 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - A Little Log Shack I Can Always Call My Home / My Little Grey-Haired Mother In The West
06/1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD 5545 (CAN) . Wilf CARTER - Roundup In The Fall / Take Me Back To Old Montana
06/1934 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-4500 (US) . Wilf CARTER - Roundup In The Fall / Take Me Back To Old Montana
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4979 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Cowboy Blues / Cowboy, Don't Forget Your Mother
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4980 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Lover's Lullaby Yodel / Moonlight Prison Blues
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4982 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I Miss My Swiss / Sway Back, Pinto Pete
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4983 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Life And Death Of John Dillinger / Awaiting The Chair
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4985 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Yodeling Trail Rider / Prairie Blues
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4986 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Hobo's Dream Of Heaven / The Cowboy's Guiding Star
04/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5871 (CAN) . Wilf CARTER - Gonna Ride To Heaven On A Streamlined Train / The Two Gun Cowboy (Vwc)
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4988 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Down The Old Cattle Trail / The Hobo's Song To The Mounties
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4989 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Calgary Round-Up / Pete Knight, The King Of The Cowboys
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4991 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Cowboy's High-Toned Dance / By The Silv'ry Moonlight Trail
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4993 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Trail To Home Sweet Home / Returning To My Old Prairie Home
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4995 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - My Blues Have Turned To Sunshine / The Dying Mother's Prayer
10/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6107 (CAN) . Wilf CARTER - Cowboy Lullaby / Sundown Blues
12/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4997 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Cowboys Mother / The Smoke Went Up Chimney Just The Same
01/1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6208 (CAN) . Wilf CARTER - Hillbilly Valley / Lonesome For My Baby
05/1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6380 (CAN) . Wilf CARTER - Keep Smiling Old Pal / Rescue From Moose River Gold Mine
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4600 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I Long For Old Wyoming / My Little Swiss And Me
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4601 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Rescue From Moose River Gold Mine / Keep Smiling Old Pal
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4602 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Fate Of Old Strawberry Roan / Yodeling Hillbilly
08/1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4603 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Old Barn Dance / Broken-Down Cowboy
09/1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6515 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Midnight Unconquered Outlaw / My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4604 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Dreamy Prairie Moon / Sweetheart Of My Childhood Days
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4605 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Midnight The Unconquered Outlaw / The Fate Of The Sunset Trail
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4608 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Roll Along Moonlight Yodel / Memories Of My Gray-Haired Mother
1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4610 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Hobo's Yodel / Goodbye Little Pal Of My Dreams
1936 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 4858 (US) When I Was A Boy From The Mountains (Jesse RODGERS) / Cowboy Lullaby (Wilf CARTER)
01/1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6814 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Prairie Sunset / I Just Can't Forget You Old Pal
01/1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4616 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Under The Light Of The Texas Moon / Rose Of My Heart
02/1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6826 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Round Up Time In Sunny Old Alberta / Dreamy Prairie Moon
02/1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6827 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Yodeling Cowgirl / Why Did I Ever Start Roamin' My Whole Life Away
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4617 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Put My Little Shoes Away / Round-Up Time In Heaven
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4619 (CAN) . Wilf CARTER - Love Knot In My Lariat / Little Yoho Lady
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4620 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Where Is My Boy Tonight? / Answer To Swiss Moonlight Lullaby
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4621 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Hindenburg Disaster / When The Sun Says Goodnight To The Prairie
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4622 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - How My Yodelin Days Began / Covered Wagon Headin West
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4623 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Last Ride Down Lariat Trail / Pete Knight's Last Ride
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4624 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Won't You Be The Same Old Pal / Old Alberta Plains
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7186 (US) . Wilf CARTER - Midnight The Unconquerored Outlaw / Fate Of Old Strawberry Roan
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4627 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I Loved Her Till She Done Me Wrong / My Faithful Pinto Pal
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4630 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Cowboy Wedding In May / ?
1937 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4632 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Preacher And The Cowboy / Roll On Dreamy Texas Moon
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7259 (US) . Montana SLIM - The Last Ride Down Lariat Trail / Broken Down Cowboy
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7260 (US) . Montana SLIM - Ridin' A Maverick / The Cowboy Wedding In May
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7261 (US) . Montana SLIM - The Preacher And The Cowboy / My Faithful Pinto Pal
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7262 (US) . Montana SLIM - Roll Along Moonlight / Roll On Dreaming Texas Moon
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7263 (US) . Montana SLIM - Don't Let Me Down, Old Pal / Won't You Be The Same Old Pal
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7264 (US) . Montana SLIM - Rose Of My Heart / Covered Wagon Headin' West
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7265 (US) . Montana SLIM - There'll Be No Blues Up Yonder / Goodbye Little Pal of My Dreams
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7266 (US) . Montana SLIM - Under The Light Of The Texas Moon / I'm Still Waiting For You
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7267 (US) . Montana SLIM - Old Alberta Plains / The Cowboy's Heavenly Dream
1937 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7268 (US) . Montana SLIM - My Old Montana Home / The Hobo's Yodel
1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4634 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Dusty Trails / Everybody's Been Some Mother's Darling
1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4636 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I Wish I Had Never Seen Sunshine / You'll Always Be Mine In My Dreams
1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4639 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I'm Still Waiting For You / ?
06/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7618 (CAN) . By The Grave Of Nobody's Darling (Wilf CARTER) / Talkin' To The River (Norwood TEW)
1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4641 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Round Up Time In Sunny Old Alberta / When The Bright Prairie Moon Is Rollin' By
1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4642 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - No Blues Up Yonder / ?
1938 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7604 (US) . Montana SLIM - Cowboy Lullaby / Memories Of My Little Grey Haired Mother In The West
1938 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7605 (US) . Montana SLIM - Fate Of The Sunset Trail / That Tumble Down Shack By The Trail
1938 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7606 (US) . Montana SLIM - When The Bright Prairie Moon Is Rollin' By / Round Up Time In Sunny Old Alberta
1938 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7627 (US) . Montana SLIM - Old Alberta Plains / The Cowboy's Heavenly Dream
04/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8111 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - There's A Love Knot In My Lariat / My Little Yoho Lady
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7890 (US) . Montana SLIM - There's A Love Knot In My Lariat / My Little Yoho Lady
05/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8149 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Answer To It Makes No Difference / Roll Along Kentucky Moon
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7891 (US) . Montana SLIM - Answer To It Makes No Difference / Roll Along Kentucky Moon
05/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8150 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Golden Lariat / What Difference Does It Make?
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7892 (US) . Montana SLIM - Golden Lariat / What Difference Does It Make?
05/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8157 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Where Is My Boy Tonight / What A Friend We Have In Mother
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7893 (US) . Montana SLIM - Where Is My Boy Tonight / What A Friend We Have In Mother
06/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8181 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Down The Yodeling Trail At Twilight / Answer To Swiss Moonlight Lullaby
07/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8202 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - When It's Twilight Over Texas / Memories Of My Little Log Shack
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7894 (US) . Montana SLIM - When It's Twilight Over Texas / Memories Of My Little Log Shack
08/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8241 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Preacher And The Cowboy / Roll On Dreamy Texas Moon
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4645 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Don't Let Me Down, Old Pal / Longing For My Missisippi Home
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4646 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - The Cowboy's Heavenly Dream / Riding A Maverick
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4647 (CAN) . My Old Montana Blues (Wilf CARTER) / That Tumble Down Shack By The Trail (Montana SLIM)
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4648 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Down The Yodeling Trail At Twilight / What A Friend We Have In Mother
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4649 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Little Red Patch On The Seat Of My Trousers / Rootin', Tootin' Cowboy
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4650 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - It Makes No Difference Now / We'll Meet Again In Peaceful Valley
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4652 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I'm Only A Dude In Cowboy Clothes / My Honeymoon Bridge Broke Down
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4654 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - My Brown Eyed Prairie Rose / I'm Hittin The Trail
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4656 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Golden Lariat / Yodeling Love Call
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4658 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - What Difference Does It Make? / Yodeling Memories
1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-4659 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Cowboy's Airplane Ride / My Dreams Come True
10/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8284 (CAN) . When I Say Hello To The Rockies (Wilf CARTER) / My Only Romance Is Memories Of You (Montana SLIM)
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7895 (US) . Montana SLIM - How My Yodelin Days Began / When The Sun Says Goodnight To The Prairie
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7896 (US) . Montana SLIM - Answer To Swiss Moonlight Lullaby / Yodeling Hillbilly
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7897 (US) . When I Say Hello To The Rockies (Wilf CARTER) / Down The Yodeling Trail At Twilight (Montana SLIM)
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7898 (US) . Montana SLIM - Golden Memories Of Mother And Dad / Old Barn Dance
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7899 (US) . Montana SLIM - We'll Meet Again In Peaceful Valley / I'm Hittin The Trail
11/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8313 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I'm Only A Dude In Cowboy Clothes / My Honeymoon Bridge Broke Down
12/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8329 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - I'm Still Waiting For You / Cowboy Wedding In May
01/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8361 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Rootin Tootin' Cowboy / Little Red Patch On The Seat Of My Trousers
01/1940 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7900 (US) . Montana SLIM - Rootin Tootin' Cowboy / Little Red Patch On The Seat Of My Trousers
01/1940 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M-7901 (US) . Montana SLIM - I'm Only A Dude In Cowboy Clothes / My Honeymoon bridge Broke Down
01/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8374 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Old Barn Dance / Broken Down Cowboy
02/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8389 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Fate Of The Old Strawberry Roan / Yodeling Hillbilly Cowgirl
04/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8425 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - Rattling Cannonball / It's All Over Now
05/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8441 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - It's A Cowboy's Night To Howl / Red River Valley Blues
05/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8456 (CAN) . Montana SLIM - When The White Azaleas Start Blooming / My