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.
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.