Talk:Jimmie Rodgers (country singer)

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Official Website?[edit]

Jimmie rodgers has an official website? He really was ahead of his times.

Worshipped as Fertility God in Kenya[edit]

Just listened to a radio report about the discovery of a tribe in Kenya that worship him as a fertility god (serious report)..apparently in the 30's they got records of him, and figuring no one could sing that well and be mortal they started dancing to him as a form of worhsip.

See BBC radio 2 report Radcliffe and Marconni show, 28/10/2009 about 1 hr 50 mins into show. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:18, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

Not sure 'bout the fertility god bit but the CBC in Canada had a documentary on cargo cults that included this. The people in one area had even changed their music to emulate the high register he sang in. They referred to him as "Chemmie Rohja" CU L8R AV8R ... J-P (talk) 05:16, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

Jimmie Rodgers' Birthplace Debate[edit]

According to In The Country of Country by Nicholas Dawidoff, Jimmie Rodgers was actually born in Pine Springs, Mississippi but he claimed Meridian as his hometown. Tiles

There has been a controversy over Jimmie's birthplace for a long, long time. In a June 2006 telephone interview with James A. Skelton, President of the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Foundation at Meridian, Mississippi, he stated that Jimmie was born at his parents home in Geiger, Alabama, 40 miles northeast of Meridian. This was where Jimmie's paternal grandparents lived. Skelton said that after Jimmie became famous people would ask him where he was born, and he would always respond truthfully that he was born in Geiger, Alabama. But people in Meridian, who had already claimed Jimmie as "a hometown boy," would say to him, "Jimmie. Don't say that you were born in Alabama! Tell 'em you were born in Meridian." And Jimmie, wanting to make the local folks happy, obliged them.

But, after he and his wife, Carrie, moved to Texas, he petitioned Blue Bonnet Masonic Lodge in San Antonio for membership. On the petition form, which was received by the Lodge on 20 October 1930, under the space for place of birth, Jimmie wrote "Geiger, Alabama". The petiton was signed by Jimmie and his signature was witnessed by L. H. Stevenson, and his two recommenders were Walthall Littlepage, Worshipful Master; and Clyde L. Howard, Secretary of the Lodge. His proposers were H.E. Curington, Jack Rutack, A. D. McDonald, and C. A. 'Sunny' Blevins. (The original of this petition is in the possession of Blue Bonnet Lodge in San Antonio, and a copy will appear in Volume XLI of the "Transactions of Texas Lodge of Research, A.F. & A.M.), not yet published.)PGNormand 17:28, 18 September 2006 (UTC)

No evidence that Jimmie Rodgers played in blackface makeup in vaudville[edit]

I can find no evidence of this. I am going to remove those categories from his article until those elements are documented in his biography. Mattisse(Talk) 20:38, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

p 74 of Meeting Jimmie Rodgers by Barry Mazor mentions this, but it doesn't seem to be a significant enough part of his oeuvre to warrant a section. (talk) 22:49, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Sockpuppet attacks[edit]

Note that Sgt. Dizzle Guy is a sockpuppet, so her edits should be reverted and ignored.Editor437 (talk) 05:08, 30 December 2008 (UTC)


Surely somebody can supply a photo that they own of this man? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:13, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Am I wrong in thinking that most any photos of him and ALL MUSIC written or recorded by him is beyond the death + 70 years copyrights?? (talk) 18:16, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

Jimmie Rodgers[edit]

Add to "Jimmie Rodgers Bibliography" the following:

Porterfield, Nolan (1992). Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0-252-06268-X. (talk) 16:29, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Error in first session[edit]

This sentence: On Wednesday, August 4, Jimmie Rodgers completed his first session for Victor in Camden, New Jersey. It lasted from 2:00 pm to 4:20 pm and yielded two songs: "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep, Baby, Sleep".

is incorrect. Rodgers' first session was in Bristol, Va./Tenn. The two songs are correct. His second session was in Camden after he went to New York. Banjochris (talk) 16:04, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

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