Where’s Jimmie?


I’ve never been able to figure out why Harry didn’t include Jimmie Rodgers in the Anthology. He’s arguably the most influential artist in country music history and sold millions of records during his brief recording career (he first recorded in 1927 and died of tuberculosis in 1933).  He and the Carter Family were by far the most popular artists of the era, and while the Carters get three songs on the Anthology,  Jimmie was left out completely. Since it’s unlikely we’ll hear him during class time, it’s necessary to include something about him here: no survey of early country music can be complete without at least a sample of his work. He made a short film, The Singing Brakeman, in 1929 (he did railroad work before his tuberculosis restricted him to singing) and this excerpt will give you an idea of the great performer he was.

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