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Jimmie Rodgers - T for Texas (Blue Yodel)
1927

Jimmie Rodgers
September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933

The Father of Country Music

Country Music Foundation
Country Music Foundation
Jimmie Rodgers - The Singing Brakeman
Jimmie Rodgers with Ralph Peer
Jimmie Rodgers dressed up
Forced by tuberculosis to quit railroad work in 1924, twenty-seven- year-old Jimmie Rodgers drifted aimlessly for three years before he was discovered by talent scout Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company. LEFT: Rodgers' 1927 recording of "'T' For Texas" (Blue Yodel) sold half a million copies and opened the door for commercial Country music. Billed as "The Singing Brakeman," Rodgers became Country music's first superstar with his "blue yodels." CENTER: At his $50,000 dream home, "Blue Yodeler's Paradise," Rodgers, far left, and wife Carrie, far right, and daughter Anita relax with manager Peer and Mrs Peer. RIGHT: Rodgers combined the music of America's south, north, east and west to create the wellspring from which County music in America flows.


James Charles Rodgers
Over a remarkably short career of 6 years — from 1927 until his untimely death at 1933 from TB — Jimmie Rodgers recorded 110 songs and sold over 10 million records.
Travelling across America as an itinerant railroad worker he assimilated many music influences — Appalachian ballads, Blues, black Spirituals, white Pop, and even the unlikely sounds of Swiss yodels and Hawaiian guitars — to lay the foundation of commercial Country music in America.
During his lifetime he was affectionately known as both "The Singing Brakeman" and "America's Blue Yodeler."
In retrospect, and in more profound terms, Jimmie Rodgers is recognized simply as "The Father of Country Music," and was so honored as the first inductee into The Country Music Hall of Fame when it was established in Nashville in 1961.
In 1986 he was among the first group of musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The official Jimmie Rodgers website
Jimmie Rodgers website
Jimmie Rodgers - Rock + Roll Hall of Fame webpage
the official website
Alabama Music
Hall of Fame
bio / timeline

Other Recommended Sites
Ralph Peer Remembers Jimmie Rodgers
written by Peer circa 1953


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Jimmie Rodgers
My Husband
Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Songbook
Jimmie Rodgers - The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler
My Husband Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Songbook
The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler
by Nolan Porterfield
by Carrie Rodgers
43 Songs from the Father of Country Music
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Other Jimmie Rodgers Titles Available Online
Jimmie the Kid : The Life of Jimmie Rodgers by Mike Paris
The Legendary Jimmie Rodgers : Memorial Folio by Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers by Robert K. Krishef


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The Essential
Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers
Recordings
1927-1933
Jimmie Rodgers
The Singing
Brakeman
The Essential Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers Recordings: 1927-1933
Jimmie Rodgers - The Singing Brakeman
BMG/RCA
1 CD / 20 tracks
JSP
5 CDs / 110 tracks
Bear Family
6 CDs / 145 tracks

Other Jimmie Rodgers Recordings Available Online
Volume 1: First Sessions (1927-1928) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 14 tracks)
Volume 2: The Early Years (1928-1929) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 16 tracks)
Volume 3: On The Way Up (1929) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 17 tracks)
Volume 4: Riding High (1929-1930) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 17 tracks)
Volume 5: America's Blue Yodeler (1930-1931) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 17 tracks)
Volume 6: Down The Old Road (1931-1932) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 16 tracks)
Volume 7: No Hard Times (1932) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 16 tracks)
Volume 8: Last Sessions (1933) (Uni/Rounder / 1 CD / 13 tracks)


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Times Ain't Like
They Used To Be
Jimmie Rodgers:
The Father of
Country Music
Jimmie Rodgers - Times Ain't Like They Used To Be
Jimmie Rodgers - The Father of Country Music
Featuring: Jimmie Rodgers, Bob
Wills' Texas Playboys, et al.
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Jimmie Rodgers
Memorial

Meridian, Mississippi
Jimmie Rodgers monument
Inscription
"His is the music of America. He sang the songs of the people he loved, of a young nation growing strong. His was an America of glistening rails, thundering boxcars, and rain-swept night, of lonesome prairies, great mountains and a high blue sky. He sang of the bayous and the cornfields, the wheated plains, of the little towns, the cities, and of the winding rivers of America."
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