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By Nolan Porterfield

Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933), the 1st performer elected to the rustic song corridor of popularity, used to be a people hero in his personal lifetime and has been idolized through enthusiasts and emulated by way of performers ever for the reason that. His lifestyles tale has been really at risk of romanticizing, marked because it was once by means of humble origins, unexpected good fortune and status, and an early dying from tuberculosis. Nolan Porterfield's biography banishes the rumors and myths that experience lengthy shrouded the Blue Yodeler's lifestyles tale. in contrast to earlier writings approximately Rodgers, Porterfield's ebook derives from large and specific learn into unique assets: deepest letters, own interviews, courtroom files, and newspaper bills. Jimmie Rodgers considerably expands and alters our wisdom of the entertainer's lifestyles and occupation, explaining the character of his position in American tradition of the melancholy period and supplying insightful heritage at the milieu within which he labored. Porterfield writes a preface for this version. Nolan Porterfield's different books contain final Cavalier: The existence and occasions of John A. Lomax and an award-winning novel, a fashion of understanding. a local of Texas, he now lives close to Bowling eco-friendly, Kentucky.

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The Williamson home, a neat frame bungalow at 1609 Eleventh Avenue, had long been a popular neighborhood gathering-place for young people. The house not only accommodated Williamson children and their many friends, but also served as de facto social center for the newly organized First Methodist-Protestant Church, pastored by Spring, 1917-Autumn, l923 37 the Reverend Mr. Williamson. Contrary to what one might expect of a fundamentalist preacher's home in that narrow time and still very conservative place, it was a warm and happy household"religious, but none of your stem, sour fanatics," as Canie put it later-with a worldly appreciation of literature and the arts.

Harvey ("Virginia Shine") of Meridian, the daughter of Tom Bozeman and a cousin of Rodgers. I am grateful to Mrs. Harvey for access to the correspondence. Photocopies are in my files. 14. Deed Records of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, 51504. 15. Illustrared Handbook of Meridian, Mississippi (Meridian: Board of Trade and Cotton Exchange, 19M),p. 14 et passim. 16. Ibid. 17. ,1928, p. 3. 18. The name is spelled variously "Talmage" and "Talmadge" in city directories of 28 Looking for 1927 the day, in newspaper accounts, and on public records.

Moreover, it seems to document his longest term of regular employment to that time and, inasmuch as the NO&NE ran only between Meridian and New Orleans, to suggest a period of relative calm and stability. But in fact his association with the NO&NE was far from steady during these years, and his existence anything but routine. For someone who rarely seemed to take life seriously, the breakup of his marriage had left Jimmie Rodgers more than a little shaken. In his own boyishly sentimental fashion, he had loved Stella deeply, and he did not give up hope of a reconciliation for a long time.

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