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Thread #104326 Message #2135718
Posted By: GUEST
28-Aug-07 - 09:23 PM
Thread Name: Music History Question: Jimmie Rodgers
Subject: RE: Music History Question: Jimmie Rodgers
Thanks for your replies. No, I don't have Nolan Porterfield's biography.
Carrie Rodger's also wrote a book about her husband. Her bias may be a problem.
The real problem is accurate information. I know Rodgers wanted to play "T for Texas" for Peer on Aug. 4. It was his best song. I figure that a blues wasn't the type of song Peer wanted. Rodgers boldly went to NYC from Washington D.C. without an invite from Peer and little money. He called Peer when he got to NY saying "I just happened to be in town and decided to see if you needed any more recordings."
After arranging the session in nearby Camden, NJ he convinced Peer to record "T for Texas." I still don't think Peer was sure of his ability at that point. He thought his yodel was marketable. Peer was a shrewd A & R man but mostly from a monetary viewpoint.
Much of the internet bios contain errors about the early performers and finding info is important to me. There are mistakes in most of the biographers books as well.
Yet there are people who want accurate info and know things.