(1897 - 1933)
(Born September 8, 1897, Meridian, Mississippi;
died May 26, 1933, New York, New York)
then known as Hillbilly
music, started with him and his blue yodeling. Known for fourteen
years as the Singing Brakman because he worked on the southern railroads
out of his native Meridian, Mississippi, he later was dubbed the
"Father of Country Music."
Recording for the first time in 1927 at pioneer
sessions that included the debut also of the Carter
Family, he reportedly sold over 20 million records in the six year
stretch of his career. Though white and a superb yodeler, he was
also a great blues singer.
Virtually all of his albums are blues titled.
He died of tuberculosis in New York City two days after a final RCA session
in May 1933, leaving a legacy of song that influenced many singers, including
Ernest Tubb, and Howlin’
Wolf. In 1963, he was the first performer -- together with
Hank Williams and Fred Rose -- to be elected to the newly formed Country
Music Hall of Fame.
Shaw - American Dictionary of Pop / Rock.
Porterfield's Jimmie Rodgers : The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler
By Carl P. McConnell
McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
The Original Virginia Boys
and the early days of radio.