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 126-150 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-054518 10-in. 10/7/1940 Mule skinner blues Blue Grass Boys ; Bill Monroe String band, with male vocal solo and yodeling songwriter  
Victor BS-056520 10-in. 10/11/1940 Mississippi River blues The Pine Ridge Boys Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars composer  
Victor BS-068656 10-in. 12/16/1941 Waiting for a train Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-071072 10-in. 10/2/1941 Blue yodel no. 7 Blue Grass Boys ; Bill Monroe String band, with male vocal solo and yodeling composer  
Victor BS-071081 10-in. 10/2/1941 When it's peach pickin' time in Georgia Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin songwriter  
Victor PBVE-Test-1302 10-in. 7/17/1930 The Pullman porters I. N. Bronson ; Jimmie Rodgers Dialogue speaker, author  
Columbia [W]49688 10-in. 12/5/1929 Waiting for a train Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, composer  
Columbia W146013 10-in. 4/11/1928 Blue yodel Riley Puckett Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia 147090 10-in. 10/1/1928 Blue yodel no. 2 Frank Kamplain Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, composer  
Columbia [W]147916 10-in. 2/4/1929 In the jailhouse now "Hobo" Jack Turner Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W148233 10-in. 4/10/1929 Waiting for a train Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia 148402 10-in. 5/2/1929 My old pal Frank Knapp Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer  
Columbia 148403 10-in. 5/2/1929 Daddy and home Frank Knapp Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer  
Columbia [W]149179 10-in. 10/24/1929 Blue yodel no. 5 Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia [W]149689 10-in. 12/5/1929 Lullaby yodel Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling songwriter  
Columbia [W]149692 10-in. 12/6/1929 California blues Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149693 10-in. 12/6/1929 I'm sorry we met Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia [W]149694 10-in. 12/6/1929 Daddy and home Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Columbia [W]149752 10-in. 1/13/1930 Everybody does it in Hawaii "Hobo" Jack Turner Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Columbia [W]150065 10-in. 3/5/1930 My rough and rowdy ways Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Columbia W150320 10-in. 4/21/1930 When it's peach-picking time in Georgia Hugh Cross ; Bob Nichols Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar songwriter  
Columbia W150501 10-in. 5/3/1930 Waiting for a train Sid Hampton Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Columbia C1495 10-in. 9/30/1936 Mean mama blues Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia C2508 10-in. 2/17/1939 My blue eyed Jane Callahan Brothers Male vocal duet, with two guitars songwriter  
Columbia CCO4612 10-in. 9/16/1946 Blue yodel #4 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys String band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
(Results 126-150 of 187 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed May 30, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

Rodgers, Jimmie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

"Rodgers, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 30 May 2024.

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