Jimmie with his father, Aaron Rodgers. Mississippi is properly famous as the home of the blues and of the first star of rock and roll. Publicity photographs also portrayed Rodgers as a guitar-playing cowboy and as a sharply dressed man-on-the-town. Since his father, Aaron Rodgers, worked on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, Jimmie Rodgers grew up traveling, especially after his mother, Eliza Rodgers, died when Jimmie was only five or six.
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Rodgers had a run of hits and mainstream popularity in the s and s. His string of crossover singles ranked highly on the Billboard Pop Singles , Hot Country and Western Sides and Hot Rhythm and Blues Sides charts; in the s, Rodgers had more modest successes with adult contemporary music. He is not related to the earlier country singer Jimmie C. Rodgers , who coincidentally died the same year the younger Rodgers was born. Among country audiences, the younger Rodgers is often known as Jimmie F.
James Charles Rodgers September 8, — May 26, was an American singer-songwriter and musician who rose to popularity in the late s. Widely regarded as "the Father of Country Music",  he is best known for his distinctive rhythmic yodeling. Unusual for a music star of his era, Rodgers rose to prominence based upon his recordings, among country music 's earliest, rather than concert performances — which followed to similar public acclaim. He has been cited as an inspiration by many artists and inductees into various halls of fame across both country music and the blues , in which he was also a pioneer. According to tradition, Rodgers' birthplace is usually listed as Meridian , Mississippi ; however, in documents Rodgers signed later in life, his birthplace was listed as Geiger, Alabama , the home of his paternal grandparents. Rodgers' mother died when he was about six or seven years old, and Rodgers, the youngest of three sons, spent the next few years living with various relatives in southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama, near Geiger. In the Census for Daleville, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, Jimmie's mother, Eliza Bozeman Rodgers, was listed as already having had seven children, with four of them still living at that date. Jimmie called "James" in the census was probably born sixth of the seven children. He eventually returned home to live with his father, Aaron Rodgers, a maintenance-of-way foreman on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad , who had settled with a new wife in Meridian.