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Jimmie Rodgers
"The Best Of Jimmie Rodgers"

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Year of Release: 1990

track listing
  • Honeycomb
  • Kisses Sweeter
    Than Wine
  • Oh-Oh I'm Falling
    In Love Again
  • The Long Hot Summer
  • Secretly
  • Make Me A Miracle
  • Are You Really Mine
  • The Wizard
  • Bimbombey
  • I'm Never Gonna Tell
  • Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario
  • Wonderful You
  • Tucumcari
  • T.L.C. Tender Love And
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Woman From Liberia
  • It's Over
  • Child Of Clay

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    Jimmie Rodgers
    "The Best Of Jimmie Rodgers"

    Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer), was very popular in the early years of Rock n Roll. His biggest hit was a #1 hit, "Honeycomb" (1957). His other hits (although some should have reached #1), were "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," "Oh-Oh I'm Falling In Love Again", and a song of which I had the original 45 single on Roulette Records, "Bimbombey." Rhino Records' compilation of his Best recordings is a very impressive look at one of the best singers in the category of Pop and Easy Listening.

    The sad news regarding Jimmie Rodgers, was when he was beaten in his car by a police officer (who denied the abuse), and left Rodgers with a fractured skull, and left for dead. Miraculously, Rodgers survived, and it would prevent his future in his singing career in future years.

    (From Wikipedia:)

    On December 20, 1967, while preparing to do a film for 20th Century Fox, he was assaulted after allegedly being pulled over by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer on the San Diego Freeway in Southern California, receiving a severe beating, leading to a skull fracture. Neither the assailant(s) nor the reason for the assault has ever been established. Not long after the assault, he appeared on a late-night talk show and discussed it, but all he could recall were bright lights, presumably from the car of his attacker(s). Rodgers later claimed that members of the San Diego Police Department had assaulted him. After he sued the Los Angeles Police Department, the LAPD settled out of court for $200,000.

    The nice pop style of the early years of Rock n Roll flows freely on many of Rodgers' songs from 1958: "The Long Hot Summer" (very Easy Listening style, as Andy Williams). "Secretly" (this song deals with cheating, as it probably was more controversial at the time to be a much bigger hit). "Make Me A Miracle," "Are You Really Mine" are very good pop numbers. "The Wizard" has an almost Frankie Laine "Rawhide" style. The remaining songs captures the nice pop stylings, and some songs can be compared melody wise to "Honeycomb" and "Oh-Oh I'm Falling In Love Again."

    The Best Of Jimmie Rodgers captures a great pop song of the early years of Rock n Roll, as Rodgers' music showcases great Easy Listening music to listen and relax to. Despite the assault incident that would either cause death or permanent brain damage, he was able to recuperate, and continue recording and living. He best music was with Roulette Records, as he would change labels with Dot and A&M. (This compilation does include recordings from all 3 labels.) He is still with us today, as he may not be performing reunion/revival shows, but he has left a great assortment of music to enjoy for generations to come.

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