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The Workman Twins
WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance

About The Group

These identical twin brothers were appearing on the WRVA New Dominion Barn Dance when they were just 15 years old in 1959. They had begun singing only two years earlier when their dad helped them along by suggesting they learn the guitars that were around the house. Their dad Sam Workman had been in show business nearly all his life, so entertaining wasn't something new in the family.

Their friends at Hermitage High School were hearing them perform at the various school functions and giving them pushes to try their luck in the business. Don and Dick finally gave in and entered a contest in the nearby town of Ashland. They won that contest hands down to the surprise of no one. Later, they went on to the semi-finals of Connie B. Gay's annual get together in Warrenton, Virginia, but that one was rained out.

But after that, the WRVA show beckoned them and the Dot Records label signed them to a contract. Their first release was to be in 1959.

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 62 (July 1959); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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