Jimmie Rodgers

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1986

Inducted by: Jerry Wexler

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #10 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

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T For Texas (Blue Yodel #1) (1927)
In The Jailhouse Now (1928)

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I find the inductions of Jimmie Rodgers and Bill Monroe curious, to say the least. Rodgers is widely considered the first C&W star, and his song "Blue Yodel #9" was listed as one of the "500 songs that shaped Rock & Roll" by...you guessed it...Rolling Stone Magazine (another one of their stupid lists). I've listened to that song, and I know I don't make the connection...at all!!! He was as country as country can be, and I just don't see where he had even a remote connection to R&R.

Bill Monroe never hid his contempt for Rock & Roll, and even though Elvis recorded "Blue Moon of Kentucky", Monroe HATED the way it sounded (I'm sure he didn't send the royalty checks back, though). He was true BLUEGRASS...even though some in the "folk revival" of the 60's tried to make a connection with them, he told anyone who would listen that his music was bluegrass...period. I'm sure he could've cared less about that induction, and probably thought it was a bit "stupid"...considering he wished it had gone away...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 19:59pm

I don't understand why the current Jimmie Rodgers hasn't been nominated. His hits started with "Honeycomb." He had 14 Gold records and, IMO, made his own place in music history. He should not just be ignored.

Posted by Terri on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 00:39am

Jimmie Rodgers' Country Music Hall of Fame plaque reads as "The Father of Country Music". I coundn't agree more as Jimmie was the man who started the C&W movment and the singers who he influenced include Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan took waht he did put their own spins on it. I greratly admire who Rodgers was and waht he did for rock and roll!

Posted by Andrew Miller on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 14:39pm

Jimmie Rodgers' Country Music Hall of Fame plaque reads "His name stands out in the world of country music as the man who started it all." Who could argue with that statement? He is remembered as the father of country music, but his combination of blues and hillbilly styles makes him a a forbear of rock n' roll as well.

Called "The Singing Brakeman" whose six year career was cut short by tuberculosis, became the nationally known country star and a hugh influence for later singers like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Jimmie sang about gamblers and ramblers and he knew what he sang about. As a teenager, he worked as a railroad brakeman and while those years didn't do his health any favors, they did help his music. At the time, his contemporaries were singing folk songs, but Rodgers fused country, gospel, blues and folk and many of his songs like "Waiting for a Train" and "Train Whistle Blues" focused on rail travel during the 20s.

Althrough Rodgers wasn't the first singer to yodel on records, his style was unique. His yodels weren't sugar-coating on the song as it was just as important as the lyric, sad of carefree, depending on the song's content. His instrumental accompaniment sometimes comsisted of just his guitar, while other times a full band backed he up.

Fans of country couldn't have asked for a better star in someone who throught and felt like they did as Jimmie Rodgers did. It's no surprise that even today, he is still loved by country music lovers.

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 13:45pm

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