Jimmie Rodgers to be Honored by Mississippi Country Trail

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jimmie Rodgers will be honored June 1 with the placing of a marker at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Meridian.

Rodgers, known as the "Father of Country Music," recorded more than 120 songs.

Born in Meridian Sept. 8, 1897, Rodgers was also known as the "Singing Brakeman" because he also worked on the railroad. He made his first recording in 1927.

Rodgers is also being remembered Wednesday with the traditional laying of a wreath at his grave site. The ceremony often brings fans from around the world.

Rodgers died of tuberculosis at the age of 35 May 26, 1933, in New York City. He was the first performer elected to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.

Rodgers also has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). He also has been honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Meridian.

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  • by Stephen Location: Alabama on May 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    There's never been a definitive answer (well sort of, but not really) to where Rodgers was born. He was on record as saying that he was born in Sumter County, Alabama. He did spend a lot of time growing up around Mobile, Alabama. I'm actually reading a book right now on Rodgers, but it doesn't clearly address this issue.
  • by Ol' Miss on May 26, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    What does Alabama do to honor or remember JIMMIE RODGERS?
  • by bama on May 26, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    I think Jimmy Rogers was actually born in Alabama not Meridian.
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