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Album Review

Not to be c onfused with the Jimmie Rodgers better known as "The Singing Brakeman," and the Jimmie Rodgers who made the sides collected here was an American pop singer with strong roots in the folk music field who — for a space of about 18 months in the late 1950s — placed one hit after another on the charts. They're all here on this 26-track collection, including the biggies "Honeycomb," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again," "Secretly," "Are You Really Mine," "Bimbobey," and the B-side smashes "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" and "The Long Hot Summer." Even more interesting are the later attempts to delve deeper into his folk music roots, like "English Country Garden" (ultimately his biggest hit in England), "Froggy Went A Courting," "Waltzing Matilda," "Wreck of the John B," "Wanderin' Eyes" and "Ring A Ling A Lario," as well as gospel ("Just a Closer Walk With Thee"), all put across with a large of dollop of enthusiasm from this charismatic performer.


Born: 08 September 1897 in Meridian, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '20s, '30s

His brass plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame reads, "Jimmie Rodgers' name stands foremost in the country music field as the man who started it all." This is a fair assessment. The "Singing Brakeman" and the "Mississippi Blue Yodeler," whose six-year career was cut short by tuberculosis, became the first nationally known star of country music and the direct influence of many later performers, from Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, and Hank Williams to Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard. Rodgers sang about...
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