IF BROTHER JACK WERE HERE by Jimmie Rodgers 1927




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Published on Jun 3, 2010

Here's a very early and interesting Jimmie Rodgers tune, one of four tunes that were released from his 1st recording session for Victor at the Camden studios on Nov 30, 1927 and here released on his 5th record in 1928. Seems it wasn't originally considered to be worthy of release, but as his popularity grew, the Victor folks figured it might sell after all. They were right.

The title IF BROTHER JACK WERE HERE listing J Rodgers as the composer was in error. Turns out this song was composed by a couple other guys and the real title was MY MOTHER WAS A LADY. When the original composers got wind of this release, they immediately went about correcting these errors. This original pressing from 1928 with the errors was replaced in a 1929 pressing by the corrected label. All subsequent releases of this recording have the correct title.

This song was from his first recording session at the Camden studios and one of 4 songs released from that session. At this time, Rodgers was not yet defined as a yodeling singer and this is one of the few songs he released with no yodeling.

I'm very happy the record is in such good condition. Usually these old Rodgers records are played to death, but this one is not. Probably really rare.


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  • Song

  • Artist

    • Jimmie Rodgers
  • Album

    • Recordings 1927 - 1933 Disc A
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    • The Orchard Music (on behalf of JSP Records); Exploration Group (Music Publishing)


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