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"The Best Of Jimmie Rodgers"
© Rhino Records
Year of Release: 1990
Oh-Oh I'm Falling
In Love Again
The Long Hot Summer
Make Me A Miracle
Are You Really Mine
I'm Never Gonna Tell
T.L.C. Tender Love And
Woman From Liberia
Child Of Clay
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"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
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.
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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