Wilma Burgess Dies

Wilma Burgess, a ballad singer from the Nashville Sound era of Decca Records, died Monday (Aug. 26) in Nashville. She was 64. Produced by Owen Bradley, Burgess charted three Top 15 hits: 1965’s “Baby,” 1966’s “Misty Blue” and 1967’s “Tear Time.” When her tenure at Decca ended, she signed to Shannon Records, owned by Jim Reeves Enterprises. Following Patsy Cline’s death in 1963, Burgess bought the singer’s home from Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick. Burgess also opened the first women’s bar in Nashville in the 1980s. 08/28/03