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THE JIMMY WORK STORY
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THE JIMMY WORK STORY 05/01/2009 THE JIMMY WORK STORY – THAT’S WHAT MAKE THE JUKEBOX PLAYJimmy Work can be classified among the best Hillbilly performers from the early 50’s with Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce or Faron Young. He was a gifted song writer and a great stylist but his work, including the classics “Tennessee Border” and “Making Believe”, never opened the Country Music Hall of Fame to him. Luckily, in 1985 and 1988, Bear Family records from Germany manufactured two great LP’s packaging his “Decca”, “Capitol” and “Dot” recordings. At the same time, several papers bring his name back in Hillbilly and Rockabilly collectors circles through “Roll Street Journal” (UK – 1984) or “Country Music USA” (France). Having many of his original records, I wrote to Jimmy Work in 1988 and the answer came with those words: “It was nice to hear from a country music fan so far away. I am glad that you like my music”. I am glad he did record those songs and to pay him tribute 20 years later that first letter.
Jimmy Work was born on March 29, 1924 in Akron, a town near Cleveland (Ohio), and two years later his folks moved to Dukedom (Tennessee) after they bought a farm. He started to play music being seven years old, borrowing a guitar given to his mother by his dad, doing Gene Autry, Roy Acuff or Jimmie Rodgers songs. He also won some fiddle contests before moving, around 1945, to Pontiac (Michigan). Pontiac and Flint were crowded by Southerners working on automobile factories and those country folks needed to enjoy that down home Hillbilly music. Jimmy Work started to work for WCAR radio (Pontiac) and soon cut a four songs session for “Trophy” records. “Those Kentucky Bluegrass Hills”/”You’re Gone I Won’t Forget” (Trophy 14) and “Rainy Rainy Blues”/”Hear That Steamboat Blow” (Trophy 15) carries the shade of Jimmie Rodgers. Around 1946, already a prolific song writer, he had a thirty tunes songbook published.
In 1948, Jimmy will move to another Detroit’s label named “Alben” and cut one of his song ‘cause nobody wanted it. “Tennessee Border”, coupled with “Your Jealous Heart Is Broken Now” (Alben 501), will be covered by Hank Williams for the Mother’s Best Flour radio broadcasts. In 1955, MGM bought all those recordings and, after being overdubbed “Tennessee Border” was issued late 50’s on the LP “The Lonesome Sound Of Hank Williams” (MGM E-3803). “Tennessee Border” found his way on the charts with covers by Red Foley (Decca 46151), Bob Atcher (Columbia 20557), Tennessee Ernie Ford (Capitol) and Jimmie Skinner (Radio Artist). A then unknown Bill Haley cut also that song for “Cowboy Records” without success. Since, “Tennessee Border” was covered by Hank Locklin, Homer & Jethro, Porter Wagoner, Marty Robbins or Sonny Burgess to name only few performers. Red Foley dueting with Ernest Tubb cut “Tennessee Border n° 2” (Decca 46200) the following year. Later, that great team cut also “Hillbilly Fever n° 2” and “No Help Wanted n° 2”. Those two liked the number twoJimmy Work will cut another version of “Tennessee Border” for Bullet, in 1950, which stayed in the vaults. However, Jim Bulleit used “Hospitality” and “Mr & Mrs Cloud” on Bullet 699. Since 1945, that label owned by Jim Bulleit and Wally Flower, had issued records by Charline Arthur, Johnny Lee Wills, Roy Hall or Wynonie Harris. It was the first indie label in Nashville recording as well Hillbilly and Rhythm and Blues performers.
In 1949, Paul Cohen offered to Jimmy Work a contract with “Decca” and two sessions were done with six songs cut. One was a reworking of “Tennessee Border” titled “Smokey Mountain Moon”. On the first session, April 29, 1949, the musicians were Grady Martin (gtr), Tommy Paige (stl gtr) and Ernie Newton (bs).On that Nashville session, Jimmy will play his Martin 000-28 guitar and a mandolin player make the gang complete. Next session was set in Cincinnati on August 10, 1949, with Jerry Byrd (stl gtr), Zeke Turner (gtr), Tommy Jackson (fdl), Louis Innis (gtr) and Clyde Baum … all those musicians had played earlier with Hank Williams and Red Foley.
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Around that time Jimmy staged twice the Grand Ole Opry and Ernest Tubb’s “Midnight Jamboree” meeting Hank Williams. Hanks wanted him to move from Hill & Range to Acuff-Rose. Among the Jimmy’s songs his favourites were “Tennessee Border” but also “Bluegrass Tickling My feet” and “Please Don’t Let Me Love You” (Decca 46166). A version of “Please Don’t Let Me Love You” recorded by Hank for the Mother’s Best Flour was issued on MGM 11928. After three records, “Decca” will not renew Jimmy’s contract and he secured a recording deal with “London” in 1951. A session set in Chicago will give birth to two records “Pick Up Truck”/”Do You Honky Tonkin’ At Home” (16056) and “Let’s Live A Little”/”Southern Fried Chicken” (16058). “Pick Up Truck” is a very fine up tempo Hillbilly song and “Let’s Live A Little” was the first hit on “Columbia” for Carl Smith.
Late 1952, Jimmy Work will be back on a bigger label after Ken Nelson had signed him to “Capitol”. He will start to write more weeping and sentimental songs. Two sessions were held in Cincinnati, on October 16, 1952 and April 9, 1953 and three records were issued for that label. “Crazy Moon”/”Out Of My Mind” (2565) is the best of them and a first version of “Puttin’ The Dog And Tom Cattin’ Around” will stay unissued being considered to risky. Late 1953, he will join the Acuff-Rose publishing staff but even his “Making Believe” can’t raise some interest.After his stay with “Capitol”, Jimmy will join Randy Wood’s “Dot” label located in Gallatin (Tennessee). On that label were also Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Newman or Tommy Jackson. Jimmy will produce his own session in United Sound Studio (Detroit) and send the recordings to “Dot”. That freedom helped him to improve his own style with the support of Casey Clark and his band. Casey Clark (July 24, 1918 – August 21, 1999) was a very popular fiddler in Michigan and he got himself records on “Boulevard” and “Sage & Sand”. He was the MC for the “Casey Clark Jamboree” on CKLW-TV (Windsor – Michigan) and for “The Lazy ranch Boys Barn Dance” on WJR radio (Detroit). Casey Clark was the first living member nominated at the Michigan Country Hall of Fame in 1972. Another raising artist in Michigan then was Lonnie Barron, “The Mississippi Farm Boy”, who was shooting by a jealous husband in 1957. He was 26 years old.
The first session for “Dot”, in 1954, gave birth to “That’s What Make The Jukebox Play”, “Don’t Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why”, “Just Like Downtown” and “Making Believe”. All the songs recorded for “Dot” were self penned, except “Let ‘Em Talk”, and were close to Hank Williams’ style. Then Hank’s shades can be found on many artists repertoire like Luke McDaniel, George Jones, Tibby Edwards, Faron Young or Carl Smith. “Don’t Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why” remind me of “Honky Tonkin’” and “Just Like Downtown” is close in style to “Jambalaya”. “That’s What Make The Jukebox Play” and “Making Believe” are slow songs about lost love. Those songs were often covered on stage at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas by performers like Helen Hall and Lawfawn Paul.On February, 26, 1955 Jimmy Work played with Elvis Presley at the Circle Theater in Cleveland (Ohio) for a Hillbilly Jamboree co-produced by Bob Neal from Memphis and Tom Edwards. That was the first show played by Elvis across the Masson-Dixon line.
That local DJ working for WERE radio introduced Elvis to Bill Randle, a very influential DJ on WERE (Cleveland) and WCBS (New-York). Bill Randle will produce in October 1955 a short movie titled “The Pied Piper of Cleveland”, shoot live on stage at the Brooklyn High, with The Four Lads, Pat Boone, Bill Haley and Elvis. That project was stopped and nobody know, since 1993, where are the rushes. First owned by Universal pictures and next by Polygram, they seem to be lost. The following days, Jimmy Work and Elvis will play again in Arkansas and Mississippi with Betty Amos and, in Missouri, with Onie Wheeler. Onie Wheeler was recording for “Columbia” and worked often with Elvis until June 1955. He joined “Sun” for a short time in 1957. Jimmy Work was one of the first to see something new and promising in Elvis style and to let it know to many northern DJ’s.
In March 1955, “Making Believe” coupled with “Just Like Downtown”, will climb at the 11th place in the Billboard Country charts. That song was covered by Kitty Wells, Goldie Hill, Roy Acuff, Jimmy Logsdon, Lefty Frizzell, Wanda Jackson, Jim Reeves, Jimmy Dickens, Faron Young, Ray Charles, Merle Haggard …. In 1977, Emmylou Harris will bring back “Making Believe” in the charts and, the following year, Moe Brandy will do the same with “That’s What Make The Jukebox Play”. On the wave of that success, a second single was soon out with the great “Don’t Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why” and “That’s What Make The Jukebox Play” (Dot 1245). Jimmy will stage all the big country shows: Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (April 55), WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling (Virginia), WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago (Illinois), WFAA Saturday Night Shinding in Fort Worth (Texas). After few months in Nashville, Jimmy moved to Birmingham (Alabama) to work for WVOK radio and keep touring for Bob Neal, a DJ and promoter from Memphis who managed Elvis until Colonel Parker came in picture. Jimmy stayed in Alabama until 1957 and was nominated “Most Promising Country Male Vocalist for 1955” by Cashbox.
Next session was set in July 1955 and will bring us “Don’t Knock, Just Come In”, “Let ‘Em Talk”, “My Old Stompin’ Ground” and “Blind heart”. Those four new songs are in the same style as the previous one. “Let ‘Em Talk”, co-written or half-given to Bill Collie, a very important DJ from Houston, and “Don’t Knock, Just Come In” were selected for the third single (Dot 1267). Biff Collie, a Tillman Franks friend, had earlier give a big help to Webb Pierce with “Wondering” and was one of the first to book young Elvis Presley in Texas. Like Bill Mack, another great DJ, he had some records by himself on Starday records.
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Less than three months later, Jimmy and his band were back in studio to cut “There’s Only One You”, “Putting’ The Dog and Tom Cattin’ Around”, “When She Said You All” and “Hands Away From My Heart”. “Putting’ The Dog and Tom Cattin’ Around” stayed in the vaults even if, with “When She Said You All”, that’s the best recordings from that session. In November 1955, “There’s Only One You”/ “When She Said You All” (Dot 1272) will have a very good reception in The Cashbox and The Billboard. Here the style is a little bit muscular and it will be more evident on the next session set in February 1956. Maybe the Rock and Roll raise had lead Jimmy, and Johnny Cash, to cover the traditional “Rock Island Line”. That song recorded by Lonnie Donegan, a British singer, in 1954 was then riding high in the US charts after being issued on London 1650 with “John Henry”, another traditional. “Rock Island Line” and the great Hillbilly Rock “That’s the Way It’s Gonna Be” were issued on Dot 1279. Probably Jimmy’s rarest and best single for the fabulous work on guitar and piano.
In April 1956, Jimmy will hang up with that new formula and get back to his earlier style cutting a new version of “Blind Heart”, “You’ve Got A Heart Like A Merry-Go-Round” (both on Dot 1284), “That Cold Cold Look In Your Eyes” and “Diggin’ My Own Grave” (Dot 1287) for his last session for “Dot”. In April 1956, Jimmy’s recordings will find them way in England with “There’s Only One You”/ “When She Said You All” being issued on London A-8270. The next single issued on that label was nothing other than “Blue Suede Shoes” by the late great Carl Perkins. Another single with “Blind Heart” and “You’ve Got A Heart Like A Merry-Go-Round” was issued as London A-8308. To made a good measure an EP titled “Country Song Work Style” (London RED 1039) was issued with “Just Like Downtown”, “Making Believe”, “That’s What Make The Jukebox Play” and “Don’t Give Me A Reason To Wonder Why”. Late 1956, the “Dot” contract came to end and Jimmy started to work mostly in Country parks in Pennsylvania before moving to California and working on real estate. In 1959, he recorded four sides for his own label “All” with Skeets McDonald, Shortly Bacon, Roy Lanham and three other musicians. One of those songs is the high quality new version of “Tennessee Border” used on EP FED n° 9 in the early 80’s. Two singles were issued.
“All” record being located at Whittier (California) we can think it was Jimmy’s own address on 8503 S. Painter. The following years, Jimmy settled back in Dukedom without any other regret than to have come a little too late with his true Hillbilly style. His first LP packaging his “Dot” sides was issued by Bear Family records in 1985 (BFX 15177) and another one was issued in 1988 (BFX 15267). Those two LP’s were reunited on a 48 songs CD in 1994 (BCD 15651) and made it a welcome addition in any Country music buffs records library.In 2002, Tillman Franks talked on the phone with his friend Jimmy Work while hosting a radio show in Shreveport. They happily remembered Hank Williams singing “Tennessee Border” and made themselves the promise to meet soon to enjoy a Louisiana Coffee (that remind me Moon Mullican – The Coffee Song – Hall Way records). That paper is dedicated to Tillman and Virginia Franks and, of course, Jimmy Work.If that’s the way you want it, THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GOTTA BE!
Dominique “Imperial” ANGLARES
Written July 20, 2008 and first published October 11, 2008
in the French rockin’ rollin’ magazine “Rock and Roll Revue n° 46”.
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Chanteur Country US né le 29 mars 1927 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.Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter
Style musical : Traditional Country; Honky Tonk
Années en activité : DISCOGRAPHIE78 t. & Singles
|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|
|1949||78 t. DECCA 46166 (US)||Jimmy WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Bluegrass Tickling My Feet / Please Don't Let Me Love You|
|1949||78 t. DECCA 46181 (US)||Jimmy WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Smokey Mountain Moon / I Would Send Roses (But They Cost Too Much)|
|1950||78 t. DECCA 46223 (US)||Jimmy WORK & His TENNESSEE BORDER BOYS - Surrounded By Water And Bars / Who's Been Here Since I've Been Gone|
|1951||SP LONDON 16056 (CAN)||Pick Up Truck / Do Your Honky Tonkin' At Home|
|1951||SP LONDON 16058 (CAN)||Let's Live A Little / Southern Fried Chicken|
|02/1953||SP CAPITOL 2372 (US)||If I Should Lose You / Don't Play With My Heart|
|09/1953||SP CAPITOL 2565 (US)||Crazy Moon / Out Of My Mind|
|12/1953||SP CAPITOL 2682 (US)||How Can I Love You / I'm Lonesome For Someone|
|09/1954||SP DOT 45-1221 (US)||Making Believe / Just Like Downtown|
|05/1955||SP DOT 45-1245 (US)||That's What Makes The Juke Box Play / Don't Give Me A Reason|
|09/1955||SP DOT 45-1267 (US)||Don't Knock, Just Come On In / Let 'Em Talk|
|10/1955||SP DOT 45-1272 (US)||When She Said You All / There's Only One You|
|01/1956||SP DOT 45-1277 (US)||My Old Stomping Ground / Hands Away From My Heart|
|03/1956||SP DOT 45-1279 (US)||That's The Way It's Gonna Be / Rock Island Line |
|05/1956||SP DOT 45-1284 (US)||Blind Heart / You've Got A Heart Like A Merry Go Round|
|09/1956||SP DOT 45-1287 (US)||Digging My Own Grave / That Cold, Cold Look In Your Eyes|
|05/1959||SP ALL 45-502 (US)||Let's Be Alone Tonight / Tennessee Border |
|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 / ?|
|1986||LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15177 (D)||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|
|1988||LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15267 (D)||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 (D)||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|
Rocky Productions 2/02/2006
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|Born: March 29, 1924|
|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.
|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?|
|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|
|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|
Dernière édition par Franck DEMON le Dim 11 Jan 2009, 22:16, édité 4 fois
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