Doyle Wilburn (Virgil Doyle Wilburn)

Doyle Wilburn

Doyle Wilburn

Along with brother Teddy, the Wilburn Brothers were one of the most popular country music duos of all time. Beginning their careers as children, along with two older brothers, Leslie and Lester and sister, Geraldine, singing on street corners for tips, the Wilburn Family was discovered by Roy Acuff who brought them to The Grand Ole Opry. The family became very popular on the Opry, but, were forced to resign because of child labor laws. Later, the Wilburns were featured on KWKH’s “Louisiana Hayride” and after stints in the military, Doyle, along with brother Teddy, formed a duo and once again joined the Opry in 1953. The Wilburn Brothers recorded numerous hits such as “Trouble’s Back In Town”, “Hurt Her Once For Me”, “Roll Muddy River” and hosted their own television show for many years. The Wilburn Brothers are credited for discovering Loretta Lynn, who performed and toured with the brothers and they also headed up a very succesful publishing company and booking agency. The Wilburn Brothers performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry until Doyle’s death in 1982 of cancer.

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  • July, 07, 1930
  • Thayer, Missouri


  • October, 16, 1982
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Cause of Death

  • Cancer


  • Nashville National Cemetery
  • Madison, Tennessee

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