Wilma Burgess is an underrated artist who rose to fame during the late 1960s. She experienced her first taste of success after joining the Decca roster of artists, which afforded her the opportunity to work with Nashville producer Owen Bradley. As was the case with Patsy Cline, Burgess' voice was perfect for sentimental ballads, and Bradley cultivated her artistry in order to fill the void left by Cline's untimely death. Burgess enjoyed 15 chart hits, including two that reached Top 10 Country, before she retired from recording.
Wilma Burgess made 115 masters in roughly 35 sessions that took place between 1962 and 1981, and this performance count includes three Decca recordings that remain unissued. As with other artist discographies found on this website, Burgess' masters are cataloged and cross-referenced with issues by date and format. Indexes of songs, composers and session personnel are also available. A handful of Burgess radio transcription performances have also been issued on CD, and are thus included on the Recording Sessions page of this discography.
Formats are displayed beside issue titles, and catalogue prefixes are ignored. Albums of simultaneous mono and stereo issue are displayed using the stereo catalogue number. Foreign singles are ignored unless the issue contains different performances than its domestic counterpart or is an original release. Various artist compilations are listed only if the issue is from an original label, or if a rare performance is included. Reissues of identical programming (including some with different titles and artwork) are listed in the notes of the original release to prevent repetitive entries; audiophile quality reissues are the exception. Digital downloads that contain rare performances not available on CD are listed in a separate page. Issues after 2013 are reported only if the compilation is produced by a reputable label, or if rare material is included.
This discography was generated using BRIAN, Steve Albin's software application for the creation of discographies.