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 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter, composer, guitar, lyricist, arranger, speaker, ukulele, author

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Recordings (Results 151-175 of 180 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia CCO4646 10-in. 9/27/1946 Travelling blues Curly Fox and his Fox Hunters ; Texas Ruby String band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia CO40664 10-in. 4/4/1949 Fifteen years ago today Cumberland Mountain Folks ; Molly O'Day String band, with mixed vocal duet songwriter  
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  
OKeh W402130 10-in. 8/11/1928 Blue yodel Clifford Vaughn Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer, lyricist  
OKeh W402291 10-in. 3/13/1929 Lullaby yodel Morgan Denmon Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
OKeh W403145 10-in. 10/16/1929 Lullaby yodel Cotton Butterfield Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
OKeh W403605 10-in. 1/10/1930 Everybody does it in Hawaii Pete Wiggins Male vocal solo and yodeling, with guitar composer  
Brunswick E27781 10-in. 6/27/1928 Blue yodel Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with steel guitar and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E27783 10-in. 6/27/1928 Blue yodel number 2 Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E27784 10-in. 6/27/1928 In the jail house now Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with guitar and yodeling composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E27854 10-in. 7/18/1928 Ben Dewberry’s final run Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E27855 10-in. 7/18/1928 The brakeman's blues Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with yodeling and guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E36863 10-in. 6/17/1931 Yodeling cowboy Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo and yodeling, with violin, guitar, and accordion songwriter  
Brunswick E37124 10-in. 9/3/1931 Blue yodel no. 9 Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with 2 violins, clarinet, and guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E37175 10-in. 9/3/1931 T.B. blues Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Brunswick C2087 10-in. 7/19/1928 Train whistle blues Emry Arthur Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Brunswick DAL138 10-in. 9/23/1935 Never no more blues Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick DAL229 10-in. 6/8/1937 Never no more hard times blues Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys String band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Brunswick DAL958 10-in. 4/12/1940 Mule skinner blues (Blue yodel #8) Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band lyricist, composer  
Brunswick SA2612 10-in. 11/26/1936 Sunny south by the sea Chuck Wagon Gang Mixed vocal quartet, with guitar and mandolin songwriter  
Edison 18598 10-in. 6/29/1928 Blue yodel Frank Wallace Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Edison 18812 10-in. 10/16/1928 In the jailhouse now Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer, lyricist  
Edison 19170 10-in. 4/25/1929 Waiting for a train Jimson Brothers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
(Results 151-175 of 180 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rodgers, Jimmie," accessed April 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

Rodgers, Jimmie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105649.

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