|Genres:||Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||bluegrass gospel hillbilly|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
Brothers Virgil Doyle Wilburn (7 July 1930, Hardy, Arkansas, USA, d. 16 October 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) and Thurman Theodore Teddy Wilburn (b. 30 November 1931, Hardy, Arkansas, USA, d. 24 November 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA). They started their careers as children singing with their siblings as the Wilburn Family. This featured two elder brothers, Lester (b. 19 May 1924, d. 2 September 1990, Nashville, Tennessee, USA), Leslie (b. 13 October 1925, d. 15 January 2005) and sister Vinita Geraldine (b. 5 June 1927), all born in Hardy, Arkansas. Their father, Benjamin Wilburn, a disabled World War I veteran, whose ill health prevented him doing normal work, thought that a career for his children in entertainment might help the family budget. He bought a mandolin, guitar and fiddle from the Sears, Roebuck catalogue and in 1937, after his tuition, the Family were singing on the streets of Thayer, 18 miles over the state line in Missouri. They...