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The McCormick Brothers: Tribute

In Memory of William McCormick - December 19, 2013

William McCormick

We would like to thank everyone that visited, called, emailed, sent flowers or food. It is comforting to know that William had such great friends. It was bitter sweet as I attended church with my mother and family this morning because everywhere I looked he was there. He will forever be with us in song and laughter. Again thank you for the great out pouring of love. I know he would have been overwhelmed with joy.

Thanks so much,

Jason, The McCormick Brothers, and Family.

In Memory of Lloyd and Kelly - January 11, 2012


 From Left to Right:  Eddie Stubbs, Kelly, Dewel Bullington,Gerald, Haskell, Lloyd, William


Kelly McCormick, a member of the popular 1950s bluegrass band, The McCormick Brothers, died January 8 at the age of 76, in Westmoreland, Tenn.  Best remembered for their first release on Hickory Records in 1954, “Red Hen Boogie,” a Louvin Brothers composition, the McCormick Brothers recorded around 30 sides for the label during the 1950s.  The McCormick Brothers did weekly live radio shows for about a dozen years on WHIN in Gallatin, Tenn. and were extremely popular on a regional level.  The majority of their work was at dances from the 1950s-70s, many of which they sponsored themselves in the area around where they lived 50 miles northeast of Nashville.  During the mid and late 1950s, the McCormick Brothers were frequently ranked in Billboard magazine’s annual disc jockey poll, on the list of favorite small country and western groups.  The act also won a Cash Box magazine award.  The McCormick Brothers had the first bluegrass recording of “Bugle Call Rag” in 1955, with Benny Martin playing fiddle on the track. 

 Resources: Sheila Nichols, Eddie Stubbs


James Lloyd McCormick, age 81, of Dutch Creek Road in Westmoreland, TN, passed away Friday, April 8, 2005.  Funeral services were held Monday, April 11, 2005, 11 a.m. at Providence General Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Emery and Bro. Bobby Sutton officiating. Burial was in Roberts Tabernacle Cemetery.  He was the son of the late William Richard and Mary Tula Lyles McCormick. He played bluegrass music for over 55 years with the McCormick Bros. Bluegrass Band, played on the Grand Ole Opry and toured with numerous Grand Ole Opry stars, recorded music at Acme Records for two years, with Hickory Records for 8 years and Metro Media Records for 1 year.  He is survived by three brothers, Haskell McCormick & William Harold McCormick, both of Bethpage, Gerald Lee McCormick, Hendersonville; a sister, Louise Troutt of Gallatin. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Kelly McCormick.  Anderson & Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland, TN, was in charge of arrangements.


Dewel Layne Bullington, 78, of Portland

He played fiddle with The McCormick Brothers for 55 years. He was our dear friend, a christian brother, a respected musician, and person in every aspect. We loved him and will miss him dearly. Our prayers go out to the family.
The McCormick Brothers
The Macon County native was born Sept. 23, 1933 to the late Alfred Bullington and Cora Gilliam Bullington. He worked as a salesman. Dewel was a member of Fairfield Masonic Lodge #553 and the Portland VFW. He was a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Owensboro, Ky. and a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians in Nashville, TN - Local 257. He served in the rank of private in the United States Army.


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