Jimmy Work

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1980s 1990s


29 March 1924, Akron, Ohio, USA. Work learned to play the guitar at a very early age and later also became proficient on fiddle. He played in bands while still in school, and was even then writing songs. He made the decision to never make music his life, treating it as only a secondary occupation while working in factories in Detroit, Michigan, by day. He made a few radio appearances and also a couple of records on which he played, sang and yodelled. Among the songs with which he is credited is ‘Tennessee Border’, which was recorded by several artists, including Work himself, Bob Atcher, Red Foley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmie Skinner and Hank Williams. Work and Williams apart, these recordings were hits. In 1949, Work was signed by Decca Records and also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and at Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree. His Decca sides did not sell well and he moved to other labels, including London Records, Capitol Records and Dot Records,...

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