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RCA Country Legends: Jimmie Rodgers

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Album Review

Jimmie Rodgers is an icon of American music, and this volume in the RCA Country Legends series does a fine job of presenting his music for both newcomers to Rodgers and longtime fans alike. The 17 tracks contain some of his most well-known numbers, like "Blue Yodel (T for Texas)," "Train Whistle Blues," "Blue Yodel #9," and "Blue Yodel #8 (Mule Skinner Blues)," as well as a few rare songs and a previously unissued take of "My Good Gal's Gone Blues." Highly recommended.

Biography

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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