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 101-125 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-69458 10-in. 6/17/1931 Southern Cannon-ball Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-70645 10-in. 2/2/1932 Roll along Kentucky moon Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-70646 10-in. 2/3/1932 Hobo's meditation Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-70647 10-in. 2/4/1932 My time ain't long Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BVE-70648 10-in. 2/4/1932 Ninety-nine year blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with bass and 3 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-70649 10-in. 2/5/1932 Down the old road to home Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-70650 10-in. 2/6/1932 Blue yodel no. 10 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-73324 10-in. 8/29/1932 In the hills of Tennessee Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-73325 10-in. 8/29/1932 Prairie lullaby Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BS-73326 10-in. 8/29/1932 Miss the Mississippi and you Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-73327 10-in. 8/29/1932 Sweet mama hurry home or I'll be gone Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BS-76138 10-in. 5/17/1933 Blue yodel no. 12 Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-76139 10-in. 5/17/1933 Dreaming with tears in my eyes Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BS-76140 10-in. 5/17/1933 The cow hand's last ride Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist  
Victor BS-76141 10-in. 5/17/1933 I'm free (From the chain gang now) Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-76151 10-in. 5/18/1933 Yodeling my way back home Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-76160 10-in. 5/18/1933 Jimmie Rodgers' last blue yodel Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-76191 10-in. 5/20/1933 The yodeling ranger Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-76192 10-in. 5/20/1933 Old pal of my heart Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-76327 10-in. 5/24/1933 Old love letters (Bring memories of you) Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-76328 10-in. 5/24/1933 Mississippi Delta blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, tenor vocal, songwriter  
Victor BS-76331 10-in. 5/24/1933 Somewhere down below the Dixon Line Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-76332 10-in. 5/24/1933 Years ago Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-87720 10-in. 1/27/1935 The wind swept desert Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers Male vocal duet, with string band composer  
Victor BS-100341 10-in. 4/4/1936 In the jailhouse now Billy Mitchell Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
(Results 101-125 of 187 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed May 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

Rodgers, Jimmie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

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