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Jimmy Work
Born:  March 29, 1924

About The Artist

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.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Capitol
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  2372 A Don't Play With My Heart
  2372 B If I Should Lose You
  2372 (dj) A Don't Play With My Heart
  2372 (dj) B If I Should Lose You
  2565 A Crazy Moon
  2565 B Out Of My Mind
  2682 A I'm Lonesome For Someone
  2682 B How Can I Love You?
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  46166 A Blue Grass Tickling My Feet
  46166 B Please Don't Let Me Love You
  46223 A Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone?
  46223 B Surrounded By Water And Bars
 
Dot
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1221 A Making Believe
  1221 B Just Like Downtown
  1245 A That's What Makes The Jukebox Play
  1245 B Don't Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why
  1267 A Don't Knock Just Come In
  1267 B Let'em Talk
  1272 A There's Only One You
  1272 B When She Said You All
  1277 A My Old Stomping Ground
  1277 B Hands Away From My Heart
  1279 A That's The Way It's Gonna Be
  1279 B Rock Island Line
  1284 A You’ve Got A Heart Like A Merry-Go Round
  1284 B Blind Heart
  1287 A Digging My Own Grave
  1287 B That Cold Cold Look In Your Eye
  502 A Tennessee Border
  502 B Let's Be Alone Tonight


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