Born Clerow Wilson into a New Jersey family of 18, Flip
got his nickname while in the air force. His mock-Shakespearean clowning
had fellow soldiers saying, "he flippith his lid!" Though he
recorded some albums for adults only, Flip was never too "blue."
His 1967 album, Cowboys and Colored People, was nominated for a Grammy,
and The Flip Wilson Show premiered on television in 1970. In the early
'60s, black comedians could either ignore race or make it the entire act.
Flip Wilson managed to find the middle ground, and in doing so, emerged
a star. Ultimately, he earned two Emmys, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe
Material excerpted from: Geraldine: Don't Fight The
Feeling; 1972, Little David Records (LD 1001), Distributed by Atlantic
Recording Corp. Published by Jazz Theater, Inc.
Cowboys and Colored People; Atlantic Records AT
8149. All material written by Flip Wilson.
*Written material used with permission from Ronald L.
Smith and Goldmine Comedy Record Price Guide, by Ronald L. Smith, copyright
1996. Published by krause publications, Iola, WI.