We've found some indication that Jimmy Work was born in 1924 in Akron, Ohio.
When he was two, his family moved to Kentucky. He started playing the guitar
when he was just six years old. And as time went on, he found that song
writing just came natural to him. All of this without any lessons.
He started recording in 1948. His first record was "Tennessee Border" and was
a bit of a hit and he was on his way. In 1949, he was appearing over WCAR
in Pontiac, Michigan.
He made numerous guest appearances on the major live radio shows of the day and
era, such as the WLS National Barn Dance out of Chicago, Illinois, the WWVA Original
Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia, the KWKH Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport,
Louisiana, the WFAA Saturday Night Shindig out of Fort Worth, Texas and the
WSM Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.