Jimmie Rodgers Museum
The Jimmie Rogers Museum honors the life and musical legacy of the man who is considered the "father of country music." The museum features many items on display including Rogers' guitars and clothing. The museum is operated by the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation, which hosts a music festival each year to honor Rogers' life and impact on American music.
Backstory and Context
In August that year, the Ramblers were invited to record songs for a label in Camden, New Jersey. After arguing about how the band would be billed on the record, Jimmie simply stated that he would record songs himself. He recorded “Sleep, Baby, Sleep” and “The Soldier’s Sweetheart.” They were released in October to modest reception, but his next recordings, performed in November for the same label, officially put Jimmie on the map. In particular, his song "T for Texas”, which was released as “Blue Yodel”, sold almost half a million copies. In the coming years Rogers continued to perform and his popularity increased. However, his illness would eventually catch up to him. He died on May 26, 1933.
Ownby, Ted. "Jimmie Rodgers: The Father of Country Music." Mississippi Historical Society. July 2004. http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/39/jimmie-rodgers-the-father-of-country-music.
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