Hall of Fame Essay
If Jimmie Rodgers is generally thought of as the Father of Country Music, he must be rock’s great-grandfather.
In the six years that preceded Rodgers’ death, from 1927 to 1933, he was a major part of the fledgling phonograph-music industry. Whether singing tales of the railroad, celebrating the West, bringing the blues around to a new folk form or touching on more pop elements, his yodel has come down to us as the seminal influence, the touchstone, where it all began.
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