Jimmie Rodgers

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  • Inducted by:
    Jerry Wexler 
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    Early Influences
Jimmie Rodgers


The Father of Country Music.

Rock and roll owes an immeasurable debt to Jimmie Rodgers. Although he was a country artist, his fusion of blues, Appalachian ballads and spirituals was an early framework for rock and roll. He has influenced everyone from Bob Dylan to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

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.

The Program Cover from the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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