Neil first did public drag in the mid 1970s at the Palm Bay Club in Miami. Female friends encouraged him to go as Dolly Parton, and he won first prize. He continued to do drag at costume parties but not in Nashville at first, but then there as well.
- John Berendt. “High-Heel Neil”. The New Yorker. Jan 16, 1995. Online at http://aosoc.org/silhouette/2007/March2007.htm#blog
- J.J. Allen. The Man in the Red Velvet Dress. A Birch Lane Press Book. 1996: 5-6
- E. Thomas Wood. “Neil H. Cargile (1928 – 1995). La Femme Silhouette. June 2007. http://aosoc.org/silhouette/2007/June2007.htm