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 76-100 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-58962 10-in. 8/11/1932 Prohibition has done me wrong Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BSHQ-58963 10-in. 8/11/1932 Rock all our babies to sleep Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, tenor vocal, arranger  
Victor BSHQ-58964 10-in. 8/11/1932 Whippin' that old T.B. Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-58968 10-in. 8/15/1932 No hard times Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-58969 10-in. 8/15/1932 Long tall mamma blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar lyricist, composer, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-58970 10-in. 8/15/1932 Peach picking time down in Georgia Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BS-58971 10-in. 8/16/1932 Gambling barroom blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with violin, banjo, and guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BS-58972 10-in. 8/16/1932 I've only loved three women Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-67133 10-in. 1/31/1931 T. B. blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-67134 10-in. 1/31/1931 Travellin' blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-67135 10-in. 1/31/1931 Jimmie, the kid Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with bass and 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor ABRC-68845 10-in. 3/31/1931 T. B. blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor ABRC-68846 10-in. 3/31/1931 Jimmie the Kid Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor ABRC-68847 10-in. 3/31/1931 Travellin' blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69032 10-in. 10/27/1931 Rodgers' puzzle record Jimmie Rodgers Puzzle record : dubs of 3 recordings vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69412 10-in. 6/10/1931 Why there's a tear in my eye Sara Carter ; Jimmie Rodgers Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-69413 10-in. 6/10/1931 The wonderful city Sara Carter ; Jimmie Rodgers Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-69424 10-in. 6/11/1931 Let me be your side track Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69427 10-in. 6/11/1931 Jimmie Rodgers visits the Carter Family Carter Family ; Jimmie Rodgers Dialogue, female vocal duet, and mixed vocal trio, with guitar and mandolin speaker, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-69428 10-in. 6/11/1931 The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas Carter Family ; Jimmie Rodgers Dialogue and mixed vocal quartet, with 2 guitars speaker, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-69432 10-in. 6/13/1931 When the cactus is in bloom Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with steel guitar, guitar, and yodeling vocalist, tenor vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-69439 10-in. 6/15/1931 Gambling polka dot blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-69443 10-in. 6/15/1931 Looking for a new mama Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar, steel guitar, and ukulele vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, ukulele, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69448 10-in. 6/15/1931 What's it? Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-69449 10-in. 6/16/1931 My good gal's gone Louisville Jug Band ; Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, lyricist  
(Results 76-100 of 187 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed May 29, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

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