Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers, 1897-1933

Jimmie Rodgers was a hugely popular and influential country artist of the early 20th century. A couple of his notable accomplishments:

  • Along with Hank Williams and music publisher and songwriter Fred Rose, Jimmie was in the first group of musicians to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as an early influence).
  • At the time of his death in May 1933, Jimmie accounted for ten percent of RCA Victor’s record sales.
  • His song “Blue Yodel No. 9,” which was recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1930, was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

His songs have been recorded by dozens of artists from Alison Krauss and John Mellencamp to Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson.

For more information about his short life and career see our friends at Wikipedia.

The Recordings

When the Cactus is in Bloom

 record label Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: Montgomery Ward Matrix Number: Montgomery Ward (4216)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: June 13, 1931
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Moonlight and Skies

 record label Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: Montgomery Ward Matrix Number: Montgomery Ward (4216)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: June 30, 1931
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My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans

 record label Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (21574)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: June 12, 1928
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Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea

 record label Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (21574)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 14, 1928
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Away Out on the Mountain

Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: Montgomery Ward Matrix Number: Montgomery Ward (3273)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: November 30, 1927
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Blue Yodel

 record label Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: RCA Victor Matrix Number: RCA Victor (21-0042)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 1927
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This is a re-issue of the original 1927 recording, which was released in 1948. Blue Yodel was one of several songs recorded for Victor in New York city in October 1927. It sold nearly half a million copies, making Rodgers into a star.

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Frankie and Johnnie

 record label Group: Jimmie Rodgers
Label: RCA Victor Matrix Number: RCA Victor (21-0044)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 1929
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This is a re-issue of the original 1927 recording, which was released in 1948.

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