Chanteur Country US né le 29 Mars 1924 à Akron (Ohio). Jimmy Work s' installera à Pontiac (Michigan) vers 1945. Influencé par Jimmie Rodgers, il enregistrera pour différents petits labels obtenant son premier succes avec "Tennessee Border" qui sera repris par Hank Williams et Red Foley. Il décrochera son petit vrai hit pour le label "Dot " avec "Making Believe" en 1955. A la suite de ce succes, Il se produisit au Grand Ole Opry et au Louisiana Hayride avant de devenir agent immobilier en Californie dans les années 60. Jimmy Work est décédé le 22 Décembre 2018 à Dukedom (Tennessee).

Jimmy Work isn't a name that most country music fans are familiar with, even though as a songwriter he was responsible for "Tennessee Border," "Making Believe," and "That's What Makes the Jukebox Play." Like a handful of performers, he worked happily at music for many years but felt privileged simply to have had the opportunity to record and perform, and gladly kept his day job as a millwright.
Jimmy Work was born in Akron, OH, in 1924. Two years later, his parents moved to a farm in Dukedom, TN. He began playing guitar when he was seven years old after he picked up a guitar his father had originally bought for his mother. His two biggest influences at that point in his life, and for many years after, were Gene Autry and Roy Acuff, and one can safely include Jimmie Rodgers on the list as well. He was in a band in high school, and was a good enough fiddle player to win contests on that instrument as well. He began writing songs before he was in his teens, and was encouraged by reactions to his music.
By 1945, he was playing country music in Pontiac, a suburb of Detroit, MI; and while things started slowly for Work, playing country music in a northern industrial area, they got better in the years immediately as Southerners, white as well as black, moved there to take defense plant jobs and stayed on afterward as part of the automobile and related industries. Players like Jimmy Work were a welcome reminder of home for many of these newly transplanted country listeners. By the mid-'40s, Work had a big enough audience from his local radio appearances to justify the publication of a songbook, as he later cut his first two singles for a tiny label called Trophy. Those first two singles, featuring Work on acoustic guitar and a single electric guitar backup, were highly derivative of Jimmie Rodgers, and even featured Work yodeling in the manner of the Singing Brakeman.
His third single, "Tennessee Border," was his first version of the song, cut for the tiny Alben label. His record didn't sell, but a year later, "Tennessee Border" was picked up by five different artists -- Red FoleyBob AtcherJimmie SkinnerTennessee Ernie Ford, and Hank Williams -- and became a hit for four of them, all at once. Foley's led the pack, peaking at number three on the country charts, with Ford's following at number eight, Atcher's at number 12, and Skinner's bringing up the rear at number 15; ironically, it was Hank Williams' version that failed to chart.
The success of those records got Jimmy Work his first major-label contract with Decca Records in 1949, and "Tennessee Border" also got him invited to appear on the Grand Ole Opry; Work also played at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. By the time of his second session for Decca in August of 1949, Work was being backed by Red Foley's Pleasant Valley Boys, which included Jerry Bird and Delmore Brothers veteran Zeke Turner on guitars, Ernie Newton on bass, and the legendary Tommy Jackson on fiddle. Unfortunately, despite the quality of the players and the momentum imparted by the success of "Tennessee Border," Work never had any hits from his Decca work, and by 1950 he was released from the label. After a short stay with the tiny Bullet label in 1950, Work jumped to the London label in 1951, which yielded "Pickup Truck," his witty slice-of-Southern-life song, and "Do Your Honky Tonkin' at Home."
During this period, Work's music, mostly by virtue of the bands he was using for backup, was heavily influenced by the honky tonk style of Lefty Frizzell. It may have been the derivative nature of his sound, coupled with the indifferent nature of the material, that left Work out in the cold where sales of his own records were concerned during this period.
Still without a hit of his own to his credit, Jimmy Work signed with Capitol Records in 1952, and although his first four songs yielded no hits, the label stuck with him. It was only after a second round of sessions that he was dropped from the label's roster in 1953. He then moved to the Dot label, and it was there that he cut two of his most popular songs, "Making Believe" and "That's What Makes the Jukebox Play." "Making Believe," issued in 1955, rose to number 11 for Work, but it was Kitty Wells, releasing a rival version, who saw the lion's share of record sales with a number two single.
"That's What Makes the Jukebox Play" became a number six single for Work in the summer of 1955. Work's success boosted his concert activity during the mid-'50s, and he happened to share a number of concerts in 1955 with Elvis Presley, who was still a regional phenomenon. His future with Dot Records was secure for the time being, with two major hits behind him, and Work continued playing dates, recording, and writing songs; occasionally he would experiment with new sounds, as with his rockabilly-style cover of "Rock Island Line," issued in the wake of English skiffle king Lonnie Donegan's hit version (which charted in America).
Work wasn't a rockabilly player or a rock & roller, however, and the rise of the new music took away just enough of the impetus from country music in general that he eventually was forced to give up the music business. He sold real estate and cut some singles (including yet another version of "Tennessee Border") for the All label, based in Whittier, CA. By 1959, it was all over, and Work knew it; the music had passed him by, and the honky tonk style wasn't even in favor among the country audience that did remain. He returned to the job he was trained for and knew best, a millwright, on the farm in Dukedom, TN, near the border with Kentucky.
Jimmy Work kept his hand in songwriting, signed with the Acuff-Rose organization, and some of his past glories were revisited in later years. Emmylou Harris brought "Making Believe" back into the Top Ten with a new version in 1977, and Moe Bandy, that diehard honky tonk enthusiast, brought "That's What Makes the Jukebox Play" to number 11 on the country charts a year later.
A prodigious talent with an ear for songwriting that would be the envy of most country players, and a smooth-yet-jaunty honky tonk style, Jimmy Work was unjustly forgotten and overlooked for many years by too many people. Even on those occasions when the songs were less than first-rate, or the backing band wasn't what it might have been, his delivery saved the record. He was never too bothered by the obscurity into which he fell in the 1960s, satisfied that he'd had the chance to make music, and having settled into a comfortable living. In 1986, Bear Family Records issued the first LP of Jimmy Work's songs, which was followed by a second vinyl disc, and later by a double-CD set from the same label, tying up all the loose ends of Work's career.
Jimmy Work passed away on December 22, 2018 in Dukedom (Tennessee).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Work

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter

Style musical : Traditional Country; Honky Tonk

Smokey Mountain Moon (1949)

MAKING BELIEVE (1954)

That's The Way It's Gonna Be (1956)

Rock Island Line (1956)

TENNESSEE BORDER (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1945 78 t. TROPHY T 14 (US) . Those Kentucky Bluegrass Hills / You're Gone I Won't Forget
1946 78 t. TROPHY T 15 (US) . Rainy Rainy Blues / Hear That Steamboat Blow
1948 78 t. ALBEN 501 (US) . Jimmy WORK & His BORDER BOYS - Tennessee Border / Your Jealous Heart Is Broken Now
1949 78 t. BULLET 699 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Mr. And Mrs. Cloud / Hospitality
05/1949 78 t. DECCA 46166 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Bluegrass Tickling My Feet / Please Don't Let Me Love You
05/1949 SP DECCA 9-46166 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Bluegrass Tickling My Feet / Please Don't Let Me Love You
09/1949 78 t. DECCA 46181 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Smokey Mountain Moon / I Would Send Roses (But They Cost Too Much)
09/1949 SP DECCA 9-46181 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Smokey Mountain Moon / I Would Send Roses (But They Cost Too Much)
03/1950 78 t. DECCA 46223 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Surrounded By Water And Bars / Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone
03/1950 SP DECCA 9-46223 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Surrounded By Water And Bars / Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone
05/1950 78 t. BULLET 699 (US) .

Jimmie WORK & His TENN. BORDER BOYS -  Mr. And Mrs. Cloud / Hospitality

05/1950 SP BULLET 45699 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENN. BORDER BOYS -  Mr. And Mrs. Cloud / Hospitality
03/1951 78 t. & SP LONDON 16056 (US) . Pick Up Truck / Do Your Honky Tonkin' At Home
03/1951 78 t. & SP LONDON 16058 (US) . Jimmie WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Let's Live A Little / Southern Fried Chicken
02/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2372 (US) . If I Should Lose You / Don't Play With My Heart
02/1953 SP CAPITOL F2372 (US) . If I Should Lose You / Don't Play With My Heart
07/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2565 (US) . Crazy Moon / Out Of My Mind
07/1953 SP CAPITOL F2565 (US) . Crazy Moon / Out Of My Mind
12/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2682 (US) . How Can I Love You / I'm Lonesome For Someone
12/1953 SP CAPITOL F2682 (US) . How Can I Love You / I'm Lonesome For Someone
08/1954 78 t. DOT 1221 (US) . Making Believe / Just Like Downtown
08/1954 SP DOT 45-1221 (US) . Making Believe / Just Like Downtown
04/1955 78 t. DOT 1245 (US) . That's What Makes The Juke Box Play / Don't Give Me A Reason
04/1955 SP DOT 45-1245 (US) . That's What Makes The Juke Box Play / Don't Give Me A Reason
08/1955 78 t. DOT 1267 (US) . Don't Knock, Just Come On In / Let 'em Talk
08/1955 SP DOT 45-1267 (US) . Don't Knock, Just Come On In / Let 'em Talk
10/1955 78 t. DOT 1272 (US) . When She Said You All / There's Only One You
10/1955 SP DOT 45-1272 (US) . When She Said You All / There's Only One You
12/1955 EP LONDON RED 1039 (UK)

Country Songs - Work Style -Just Like Downtown / Don't Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why / Makin' Believe / That's What Makes The Jukebox Play

01/1956 78 t. DOT 1277 (US) . My Old Stomping Ground / Hands Away From My Heart
01/1956 SP DOT 45-1277 (US) . My Old Stomping Ground / Hands Away From My Heart
03/1956 78 t. DOT 1279 (US) . That's The Way It's Gonna Be / Rock Island Line
03/1956 SP DOT 45-1279 (US) . That's The Way It's Gonna Be / Rock Island Line
05/1956 78 t. DOT 1284 (US) . Blind Heart / You've Got A Heart Like A Merry Go Round
05/1956 SP DOT 45-1284 (US) . Blind Heart / You've Got A Heart Like A Merry Go Round
09/1956 78 t. DOT 1287 (US) . Digging My Own Grave / That Cold, Cold Look In Your Eyes
09/1956 SP DOT 45-1287 (US) . Digging My Own Grave / That Cold, Cold Look In Your Eyes
1957 EP DOT DEP 502 (DK)

Western Songs - Jimmy Newman : I Wanna Tell All The World / Come Back To Me / Jimmy Work : Blind Heart / You've Gotta Heart Like A Merry Go Round

05/1959 SP ALL 45-502 (US) . Let's Be Alone Tonight / Tennessee Border
09/1959 SP ALL 45-503 (US) . I Never Thought I'd Have The Blues / I Dreamed Last Night
1966 SP DOT DLP 3733 (US) . Blind Heart / ?










Albums

1973 LP 12" CMH CMH-216 (GER) Tennessee Border - Those Kentucky Bluegrass Hills / You're Gone I Won't Forget / Rainy Rainy Blues / Hear That Steamboat Whistle Blow / Mr. And Mrs. Cloud / Tennessee Border / Your Jealous Heart Is Broken Now / Hospitality / That's What Makes The Jukebox Play / Don't Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why / Just Like Downtown / Making Believe / Don't Knock Just Come In / Let 'em Talk / My Old Stomping Ground / There's Only One You 
1976 ? LP 12" Country Classics Library CCL 1120 (NL)

Tennessee Border - Those Kentucky Bluegrass Hills / You're Gone I Won't Forget / Rainy, Rainy Blues / Hear That Steamboat Blow / Tennessee Border / Your Jealous Heart Is Broken Now / Hospitality / Mister And Mrs. Cloud / That's What Makes The Jukebox Play / Don't Give A Reason To Wonder Why / Just Like Downtown / Making Believe / Don't Knock, Just Come On In / Let 'em Talk / My Old Stomping Ground / There's Only One You

01/1986 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15177 (GER) MAKING BELIEVE - That's The Way It's Gonna Be / Rock Island Line / Puttin' On The Dog And Tom Cattin' Around / When She Said You All / Digging My Own Grave / Don't Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why / Blind Heart / You've Got A Heart Like A Merry-Go-Round / That Cold, Cold Look In Your Eye / Hands Away From My Heart / That's What Makes The Jukebox Play / There's Only One You / Makin' Believe / Blind Heart / Let 'em Talk / Just Like Downtown / My Old Stomping Ground / Don't Knock Just Come In
02/1988 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15267 (GER) CRAZY MOON - Don't Play With My Heart  / If I Should Lose You / Crazy Moon / I'm Lonesome For Someone / Little Popcorn Man / How Can I Love You / Puttin' On The Dog / Out Of My Mind / Smokey Mountain Moon / Bluegrass Ticklin' My Feet / Please Don't Let Me Love You / Surrounded By Water And Bars / Who's Been Here Since I Been Gone / I Would Send Roses
06/1994 2 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15651 (GER) MAKING BELIEVE :
CD 1 : Those Kentucky Bluegrass Hill / You're Gone, I Won't Forget / Rainy, Rainy Blues / Hear That Steamboat Whistle Blow / Tennessee Border / Your Jealous Heart Is Broken Now / Bluegrass Tickling My Feet / Please Don't Let Me Love You / I Would Send You Roses (But They Cost Too Much) / Surrounded By Water And Bars / Smokey Mountain Moon / Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone / Mr. & Mrs. Cloud / Hospitality / Pickup Truck / Do Your Honky Tonkin' At Home / Southern Fried Chicken / Let's Live A Little / If I Should Lose You / Don't Play With My Heart / I'm Lonesome For Someone / Puttin' On The Dog (Tom Cattin' Around)
CD 2 : Crazy Moon / Little Popcorn Man - Little Popcorn Man / How Can I Love You (When You're Not Around) / Out Of My Mind / That's What Make The Jukebox Play / Don't Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why / Just Like Downtown / Making Believe / Don't Knock, Just Come In / Let 'Em Talk / My Old Stomping Ground / Blind Heart / There's Only One You / Puttin' On The Dog (Tom Cattin' Around) / When She Said You All / Hands Away From My Heart / Rock Island Line / That's The Way It's Gonna Be / You've Got A Heart Like A Merry-Go-Round / Blind Heart / That Cold, Cold Look In Your Eye / Digging My Own Grave / Tennessee Border / Let Me Be Alone / I Never Thought I'd Have The Blues / I Dreamed Last Night

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