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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jimmie Rodgers day #2

I had a Jimmie Rodgers day some months earlier on this blog, but Rodgers recorded so much songs during his short career, that you can celebrate more than twenty Jimmie Rodgers days. Rodgers was one of the first old-time musicians to take over elements of jazz into the rural music, an important base for Western Swing that emerged in the early 1930s. When Rodgers was in Atlanta, GA, to record a session in 1928 (or 1929? I don't remember), he heard a local jazz quartet playing in a club. He was so fascinated by the group that he invited them to back him during his session for Victor. On these days, such classics as the Blue Yodel No. 4, "California Blues", were waxed. I'm not informed of what Ralph Peer, then A&R manager for Victor and organisator or the Bristol Sessions (that brought Rodgers to Victor), thought about making old-time records with a jazz band, but I guess he wasn't impressed very much. Rodgers just had million sellers with "T for Texas" and "The Brakeman's Blues", songs that were composed only of Rogders' singing and guitar picking. However, these songs became some of his best remembered titles and are still covered today.

Here are more of his tunes:

1. The Soldier's Sweetheart
2. Sleep Baby Sleep
3. The Sailer's Plea (with the Three Southerners)
4. Treasures Untold

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