Headlines

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 8, 2008.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2006 with 114 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2005 with 114 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for Sept. 5-11, 2005.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 8, the 252nd day of 2004 with 114 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2003 with 114 to follow.
By United Press International

Country Music News

Hank Williams Jr. born in Shreveport, La., 1949. Jimmie Rodgers dies at age 35, 1933.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Today in Music: a look badck at pop music

Today's birthdays include Al Jolson, who was born in 1886; trumpeter Ziggy Elman in 1914; Peggy Lee in 1920; Miles Davis in 1926; Band drummer Levon Helm in 1943 (age 60); Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist for Mott the Hoople, in 1944 (age 59); the Guess
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

UPI's weekly Today in Music package for May 24-30.
By United Press International

Country Music News

Mary-Chapin Carpenter born in Princeton, N.J., 1958. Hank Williams' No. 1 single "Kaw-Liga" is charted 1953.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Country Music News

C.W. McCall's "Convoy" ends six-week run at No. 1, 1976. Alabama's "Southern Star" album goes gold, 1989.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

People

Among the first recordings to be added to a new "preservation registry" by the Library of Congress are those of Elvis Presley.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
Prev
Page 1 of 3
Wiki

Jimmie Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933) was a country singer in the early 20th century known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music".

James Charles Rodgers' traditional birthplace is usually given as Meridian, Mississippi; however, in documents signed by Rodgers later in life, his birthplace was listed as Geiger, Alabama, the home of his paternal grandparents. Rodgers' mother died when he was very young, and Rodgers, the youngest of three sons, spent the next few years living with various relatives in southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama, near Geiger. He eventually returned home to live with his father, Aaron Rodgers, a foreman on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, who had settled with a new wife in Meridian.

Jimmie's affinity for entertaining came at an early age, and the lure of the road was irresistible to him. By age 13, he had twice organized and begun traveling shows, only to be brought home by his father. Mr. Rodgers found Jimmie his first job working on the railroad as a waterboy. Here he was further taught to pick and strum by rail workers and hobos. A few years later, he became a brakeman on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, a position formerly secured by his oldest brother, Walter, a conductor on the line running between Meridian and New Orleans.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jimmie Rodgers."
x
Feedback