Uploaded on Nov 17, 2009
This is "The Soldier's Sweetheart", the very first song Jimmie Rodgers recorded. This was done by Ralph Peer on 4th of August 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee. This first record of Jimmie's sold well, but was not a hit. But, considering the fact that he was a totally unknown artist, the result was good. It was on the next recording session with Peer, in Camden, New Jersey, on the 30th of November, that Jimmie Rodgers sung his song "Blue Yodel", which became a total success and his break through as an artist. It started "T for Texas, T for Tennessee", as you know, and his yodelin' on this one gave him the name "America's Blue Yodeler". The flip side contained "Away out on the Mountain", also a success song. The rest is history.
On this video, the 78 rpm RCA Victor record from 1927 is played on a 1930's crank operated and spring driven His Masters Voice portable gramophone.
I hope you enjoy this little, but crucial piece of Country Music History.
I am the singer and composer of The Long gone Smiles Band of Stockholm in Sweden - Swedish Champions in Pure Country Music 2007 and 2012. We love Jimmie Rodgers' music, and try to pay tribute to him, and to keep making his wonderful music known.
We have made a tribute song for Jimmie - The Brakemen on the Memphis Train.
Welcome to listen to that song, and many more of our videos on YouTube. Thanks!