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August 4, 2022

August 4th. Anniversary of the first recordings by “Father Of Country Music” Jimmie Rodgers, influential Mississippi Blue Yodeler. At a temporary recording studio in the Taylor-Christian building in Bristol Tennessee on 4th August 1927, he recorded two songs, the hauntingly sombre The Soldiers Sweetheart – curiously one of the only yodel-free songs Rodgers ever recorded – and Sleep Baby Sleep, one of my own personal all time favourites. (Jimmie Rodgers recordings have not been issued by BACM as they are widely available on other labels including the superb and exhaustive Bear Family set (Recommended!). Jimmie’s songs appear on countless BACM CDs including:

CURLEY BRADLEY Sings Jimmie Rodgers & Other Classics (1933-34). With The Ranch Boys . BACM CD 672

FRANKIE MARVIN – Sings Jimmie Rodgers & Others. BACM CD668

Gene Autry – Sings Jimmie Rodgers. BACM CD 665

Hawking Brothers – Country Sweet. B.A.C.M. 456

TEX MORTON Across The Great Divide. B.A.C.M. 101

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