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 51-75 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-55308 10-in. 8/8/1929 Tuck away my lonesome blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-55309 10-in. 8/8/1929 Train whistle blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-55332 10-in. 8/10/1929 Jimmie's Texas blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-55333 10-in. 8/10/1929 Frankie and Johnny Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  
Victor BVE-55344 10-in. 8/12/1929 Frankie and Johnny Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, arranger  
Victor BVE-55345 10-in. 8/12/1929 Home call Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (takes 4 and 5) vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56449 10-in. 10/22/1929 Whisper your mother's name Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with steel guitar, guitar, and ukulele vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56450 10-in. 10/22/1929 The land of my boyhood dreams Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56453 10-in. 10/22/1929 Blue yodel no. 6 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56454 10-in. 10/22/1929 Yodeling cowboy Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56455 10-in. 10/22/1929 My rough and rowdy ways Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56456 10-in. 10/22/1929 I've ranged, I've roamed and I've travelled Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56528 10-in. 11/13/1929 Hobo Bill's last ride Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-56594 10-in. 11/25/1929 Mississippi River blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56595 10-in. 11/25/1929 Nobody knows but me Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56607 10-in. 11/26/1929 Anniversary blue yodel Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56608 10-in. 11/26/1929 She was happy till she met you Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56617 10-in. 11/27/1929 Blue yodel no. 11 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56618 10-in. 11/28/1929 A drunkard's child Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56619 10-in. 11/28/1929 That's why I'm blue Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56620 10-in. 11/28/1929 Why did you give me your love? Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor MVE-56970 16-in. 10/30/1929 The singing brakeman Jimmie Rodgers Motion picture soundtrack : Male vocal solo, with re-recording from record vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58338 10-in. 12/30/1929 Everybody does it in Hawaii King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BSHQ-58960 10-in. 8/10/1932 In the hills of Tennessee Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-58961 10-in. 8/11/1932 Mother, the queen of my heart Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
(Results 51-75 of 187 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed May 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

Rodgers, Jimmie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

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