Bob Dylan Sings Jimmie Rodgers (born September 8, 1897)

Jimmie Rodgers of course is one of the guiding lights of the 20th century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have followed the path. … he was a performer of force without precedent with a sound as mystical as it was dynamic. His voice gives hope to the vanquished and humility to the mighty.
-Bob Dylan (Liner notes to “The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute”)

James Charles Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933) was an American singer-songwriter and musician in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. Rodgers, along with his contemporaries the Carter Family, was among the first country music stars, cited as an inspiration by many artists and an inductee into numerous halls of fame. Rodgers was also known as “The Singing Brakeman”, “The Blue Yodeler”, and “The Father of Country Music”.

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Blue Yodel no. 8 (aka ‘Muleskinner Blues’)

Jimmie Rodgers

Well, good morning, captain
Good morning to you, sir
Hey, hey, yeah

Do you need another mule skinner
Down on your new mud run?
Hey, hey, yeah

Bob Dylan
Finjan Club
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 July 1962

My Blue-Eyed Jane

Jimmie Rodgers

The sweetest girl in the world
Is my blue-eyed Jane
We fell in love like turtledoves
While the moon was shining down
I asked her then, I asked her when
Wedding bells would ring
She said, “Oh, dear, it seems so queer
That this could happen here.”

Bob Dylan
Ardent Studios
Memphis, Tennessee
9–11 May 1994

Everblades Arena
Fort Myers, Florida
26 January 1999

Live debut

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