James Charles Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – 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. Unusual for a music star, Rodgers rose to prominence based upon his recordings, among country music's earliest, rather than concert performances – which followed to similar public acclaim.
He has been cited as an inspiration by many artists and inductees into various halls of fame across both country music and the blues, in which he was also a pioneer. Among his other popular nicknames are "The Singing Brakeman" and "The Blue Yodeler".
Birth and Death Data: Born September 8, 1897 (Meridian), Died May 26, 1933 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter, composer, guitar, lyricist, arranger, speaker, ukulele, author
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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 171 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||composer, lyricist|
|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||composer, lyricist|
|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|
|OKeh||S-70181||10-in.||Sept. 1921||My time ain't long||Virginia Female Jubilee Singers||Female vocal quartet, unaccompanied||songwriter|
|OKeh||W400996||10-in.||7/8/1928||Yodeling the blues away||Charles Anderson||Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||W401739||10-in.||3/23/1929||Waiting for a train||Ed West||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed February 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.
Rodgers, Jimmie. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.
"Rodgers, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 February 2023.
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