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Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 8, 1897
DiedMay 26, 1933, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseMary Biggerstaff, Trudy Buck, Colleen McClatchey
FactHas 14 gold records including four gold albums.

Jimmie Rodgers (born September 8, 1897 in Meridian, Mississippi; died May 26, 1933 in New York City) was an American country singer and songwriter. In the 1920s and early 1930s, he became the first nationally popular “singing cowboy” and was also known as “The Blue Yodeler” and “The Father of Country Music”. His musical style was influenced by African-American blues, Appalachian folk, and cowboy songs. He was also a pioneer of the recording industry, making the first recordings of many now-classic songs.

Rodgers was born to a poor family in Meridian, Mississippi. His father was a railroad worker and his mother was a housewife. He had seven brothers and sisters. Rodgers began working in the railroad yards when he was just a boy. He learned to play the guitar and banjo from other workers. In 1918, he was drafted into the Army and served in France during World War I.

After the war, Rodgers returned to Meridian and worked as a brakeman for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. He also began performing in local clubs and bars. In 1927, he made his first recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey. These recordings, which included “Blue Yodel” and “T for Texas”, were very successful and made Rodgers a national star.

In 1929, Rodgers moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry radio show. He continued to make hit records, including “In the Jailhouse Now” and “Waiting for a Train”. Rodgers became very popular with both country music fans and mainstream America. He appeared in several movies and even had his own radio show.

Tragically, Rodgers died of tuberculosis in 1933 at the age of 35. He left behind a wife and two young children. His death marked the end of an era in country music. Rodgers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.

General Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 8, 1897
DiedMay 26, 1933, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of BirthMeridian, Mississippi, United States


SpouseMary Biggerstaff, Trudy Buck, Colleen McClatchey
ParentsEliza Rodgers, Aaron Rodgers


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame
NominationsAcademy of Country Music Awards Career Achievement Award

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1His first wife, Colleen, died of a blood clot in 1967.
2His daughter, Katrine, was born in 1989.
3Has five children: Michael and Michelle from his first marriage; sons Casey and Logan from his second; daughter Katrine from his third.
414 of his singles made Billboard magazine's "Top 40" hits of the year: 1957 (#1) Honeycomb 1957 (#3) Kisses Sweeter Than Wine 1958 (#3) Secretly 1958 (#7) Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again 1958 (#10) Are You Really Mine 1958 (#11) Bimbombey 1958 (#16) Make Me A Miracle 1959 (#32) Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario 1959 (#32) Tucumcari 1959 (#36) I'm Never Gonna Tell 1959 (#40) Wonderful You 1960 (#24) T.L.C. (Tender Love and Care) 1966 (#37) It's Over 1967 (#31) Child of Clay
5Has 14 gold records including four gold albums.
6In 1967 he was stopped by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer, and in an incident marred by conflicting reports (he said he was attacked and beaten by the police, they said he was drunk and fell down) he sustained severe injuries to his head that left him with brain and nerve damage. He sued the City of Los Angeles and, despite their claims of innocence, they settled out of court for $200,000.
7Stories abound about why the tragic 1967 "accident" happened. One theory is that Jimmie was in the midst of a lawsuit with his former record company, Roulette Records, over past payments. Supposedly the company was run by the Mafia and Jimmie was being pressured to drop the suit. When he didn't, they staged the incident.
8Also a talented composer, he wrote the songs "It's Over" and "Honeycomb."
9Despite his disability, he later formed a music publishing company, dabbled in real estate, remodeled houses and took up skydiving. He also sang at his own theater for a time in Branson, Missouri.


Music Department

The Real McCoys1962-1963TV Series singer - 34 episodes


Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 12010Video writer: "Muleskinner Blues Blue Yodel #8"
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender2006Video writer: "It's Over"
Kupetzky2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Elvis by the Presleys2005TV Movie documentary writer: "It's Over"
The Iron Giant1999performer: "Honeycomb"
Tohuwabohu1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "T for Texas" / writer: "T for Texas"
My Cousin Vinny1992performer: "Secretly", "Are You Really Mine"
Peacemaker1989Short performer: "Honeycomb" - as Jimmy Rodgers
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Billion Dollar Hobo1977performer: "Half Sung Song"
Elmer1976performer: "Being Close to You"
That'll Be the Day1973performer: "Honeycomb" - uncredited / writer: "Honeycomb" - uncredited
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii1973TV Special documentary writer: "It's Over"
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Rehearsal Concert1973TV Movie writer: "It's Over"
The Porter Wagoner Show1969-1970TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Gaily, Gaily1969performer: "Tomorrow Is My Friend"
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig!TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
The Long, Hot Summer1965TV Series performer: "The Long, Hot Summer"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford ShowTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1960
Sunday Showcase1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The George Burns Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Long, Hot Summer1958performer: "The Long, Hot Summer"
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV Special performer: "April Love"


The World Through the Eyes of Children1975Guide
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Kentucky1968ShortColonel JImmie
Back Door to Hell1964Lt. Craig
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come1961Chad
Checkmate1961TV SeriesBuddy Robbins
The Jimmie Rodgers Show1959TV SeriesHost (1959-1969)
The George Burns Show1959TV SeriesJimmie Rodgers


The World Through the Eyes of Children1975co-director


The World Through the Eyes of Children1975


Hee Haw1979-1980TV SeriesHimself
Sha Na Na1978TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1976TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Country Vocalist
Love Is1971TV SpecialHimself
The Everly Brothers Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Andy Williams Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jimmie Rodgers Show1959-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The Carol Burnett Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651957-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
The John Gary Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Folk World of Jimmie Rodgers1963-1965TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Linkletter Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1960TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Chevy Show1960TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1960TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Clark Show1958-1960TV SeriesHimself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Voice of Firestone1959TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Milton Berle Show1959TV SeriesHerself
The George Burns Show1958TV SeriesHimself / Commercial
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV SeriesHimself
The Juke Box Jury1958TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Crosby Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Red Skelton Hour1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Gisele MacKenzie Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Shower of Stars1957TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1957TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Johnny Cash Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Singer


Nominated Awards

1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality7th place.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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