Jimmie Rodgers

James Charles Rodgers ((1897-09-08)September 8, 1897 – (1933-05-26)May 26, 1933) was an American singer-songwriter and musician who rose to popularity in the late 1920s. Widely regarded as "the Father of Country Music", he is best known for his distinctive rhythmic yodeling. Rodgers was known as "The Singing Brakeman" and "America's Blue Yodeler". He has been cited as an inspiration by many artists, and he has been inducted into multiple halls of fame.

Originally from Meridian, Mississippi, Rodgers was the son of a railroad worker. During his early childhood, the family moved according to the needs of his father's employment, or Rodgers' own poor health. As a teenager, he was musically influenced by the diverse vaudeville shows that he often attended. At the age of 13, Rodgers won a local singing contest, and then traveled through the Southern United States with a medicine show. After his father took him back home to Meridian, Rodgers dropped out of school and joined the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, starting as a waterboy. He eventually became a brakeman, among performing other functions. During his time working with different railroad companies, the singer further developed his musical style; he was influenced by the gandy dancers and their impromptu blues performances. Rodgers was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1924. By 1927, he stopped working for the railroad as a result of his health and decided to focus on his music career.

In 1927, Rodgers joined the Tenneva Ramblers band, who at the time were working at a radio station. After the band was fired from their spot, they worked in different resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There, Rodgers became aware of the field recordings that Victor Talking Machine Company's engineer Ralph Peer was to undertake in Bristol, Tennessee. During what later became known as the Bristol sessions, Rodgers recorded solo, as he was deserted by his band after a disagreement. A second session with Rodgers was later arranged in Camden, New Jersey, at the singer's own insistence; that session produced "Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)". The song became a success, propelling Rodgers to national fame and beginning his recording career with the label, during which he produced over 100 songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 8, 1897 (Meridian), Died May 26, 1933 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter, composer, lyricist, guitar, arranger, speaker, ukulele, author

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-47216 10-in. 10/20/1928 Blue yodel no. 4 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist, vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-47223 10-in. 10/22/1928 Waiting for a train Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-47224 10-in. 10/22/1928 I'm lonely and blue Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-48336 10-in. 2/6/1929 I'm in the jailhouse now Boyd Senter ; Senterpedes Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BVE-48384 10-in. 2/21/1929 Desert blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-48385 10-in. 2/21/1929 Any old time Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-48432 10-in. 12/5/1928 My little old home down in New Orleans Tal Henry ; North Carolinians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BVE-49990 10-in. 2/23/1929 Blue yodel no. 5 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-49991 10-in. 2/23/1929 High powered mama Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-49992 10-in. 2/23/1929 I'm sorry we met Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBVE-54849 10-in. 6/30/1930 My blue eyed Jane Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54850 10-in. 6/30/1930 Why should I be lonely? Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with yodeling and instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54851 10-in. 6/30/1930 Moonlight and skies Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54852 10-in. 7/1/1930 Pistol packin' papa Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54854 10-in. 7/2/1930 Take me back again Jimmie Rodgers vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54855 10-in. 7/5/1930 Those gambler's blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, arranger  
Victor PBVE-54856 10-in. 7/7/1930 I'm lonesome, too Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet (Hawaiian) vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54857 10-in. 7/7/1930 The one rose (That's left in my heart) Lani McIntire's Hawaiians ; Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet (Hawaiian) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor PBVE-54860 10-in. 7/8/1930 For the sake of days gone bye Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor PBVE-54861 10-in. 7/10/1930 Jimmie's mean mama blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBVE-54862 10-in. 7/11/1930 The mystery of number five Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist  
Victor PBVE-54863 10-in. 7/11/1930 Blue yodel no. 8 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBVE-54864 10-in. 7/12/1930 In the jail-house now, no. 2 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor PBVE-54867 10-in. 7/16/1930 Blue yodel no. 9 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with cornet, guitar, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-55307 10-in. 8/8/1929 Everybody does it in Hawaii Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
(Results 26-50 of 187 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed April 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

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