Jimmie Rodgers (country singer)

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Jimmie Rodgers (country singer)

American country singer in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling add

Category: Music (650)

Born in 1897.

Countries: United States (87%), New Jersey (7%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Ralph Peer, Bill Boyd (musician), Bill Monroe

Linked to: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Victor Talking Machine Company, YouTube




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Jimmie Rodgers was born in 1897 add something


In 1924 at the age 27, Rodgers contracted tuberculosis add something


He kept the job for less than a year, and the Rodgers family settled back in Meridian in early 1927 add something


Rodgers was one of the biggest stars of American music between 1927 and 1933, arguably doing more to popularize blues than any other performer of his time add something


In late July 1927, Rodgers' bandmates learned that Ralph Peer, a representative of the Victor Talking Machine Company, was coming to Bristol to hold an audition for local musicians add something


Rodgers and the group arrived in Bristol on August 3, 1927, and auditioned for Peer in an empty warehouse add something


Ralph Peer - In August 1927, while talent hunting in the southern states with Victor Records he recorded both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in the same session at a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee, known as the Bristol, Tennessee Sessions


On July 16, 1930, he recorded "Blue Yodel No. 9" with Louis Armstrong on trumpet and his wife Lil Hardin Armstrong on piano. add something


They recorded Bryant's song "Mother, the Queen of My Heart" in 1932 add something


Rodgers' next-to-last recordings were made in August 1932 in Camden, New Jersey, and it was clear that the tuberculosis was getting the better of him add something


Bill Boyd (musician) - In February 1932, Boyd recorded with the "Blue yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers died in 1933 add something


With the country in the grip of the Depression, the practice of making field recordings was quickly fading, so in May 1933, Rodgers traveled again to New York City for a group of sessions beginning May 17, 1933 add something


During his last recording session in New York City on May 24, 1933, after years of fighting the tuberculosis, Rodgers was so weakened that he needed to rest on a cot between songs add something


Jimmie Rodgers died two days later on May 26, 1933 from a pulmonary hemorrhage while staying at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old add something


Bill Monroe - In October 1939, he successfully auditioned for a regular spot on the Grand Ole Opry, impressing Opry founder George D. Hay with his energetic performance of Jimmie Rodgers's "Mule Skinner Blues"


Jim Reeves - Influenced by such Western swing-music artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Moon Mullican, as well as popular singers Bing Crosby, Eddy Arnold and Frank Sinatra, it was not long before he was a member of Moon Mullican's band, and made some early Mullican-style recordings like "Each Beat of my Heart" and "My Heart's Like a Welcome Mat" from the late 1940s to the early 1950s


Yodelin' Slim Clark - Slim won the World Yodeling Championship in 1947 and was inducted into the Yodeler's Hall of Fame, along with Jimmie Rodgers, Elton Britt, and Wilf Carter


Since 1953, Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival has been held annually during May to honor the anniversary of Rodgers' death add something


The first festival was on May 26, 1953 add something


When the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1961, Rodgers was one of the first three to be inducted add something


Fred Rose (musician) - Along with Hank Williams and the "Father of Country Music", Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961


Rodgers was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and, as an early influence, to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 add something


Ronnie has been quoted from a July 13, 1977 concert intermission in Asbury Park, New Jersey, New Jersey as saying that they've "always been interested in old country music" like Jimmie Rodgers and Merle Haggard before launching into playing "T For Texas" add something


On May 24, 1978, the United States Postal Service issued a 13-cent commemorative stamp honoring Rodgers, the first in its long-running Performing Arts Series add something


The 1982 film, "Honkytonk Man", directed by and starring Clint Eastwood was loosely based on Rodgers' life add something


Rodgers was ranked No. 33 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003 add something


The 2009 book "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century" tracks Rodgers influence through a broad range of musical genres, internationally add something


In May 2010, a second marker, on the Mississippi Country Music Trail, was erected near Rodgers' gravesite, marking his role as The Father of Country Music add something


On May 28, 2010, Slim Bryant, the last surviving singer to have made a recording with Rodgers, died at the age of 101 add something


In 2013, Rodgers was posthumously inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame add something