shortly after posting this I got an email from Dale that BEAR FAMILY has a Tribute CD to Jimmie Rodgers that includes 'The Death Of Jimmie Rodgers' by both Gene Autry and also Bradley Kincaid.
Thanks to all who responded
MEMORIES OF JIMMIE RODGERS-BCD 15938
Jimmie Rodgers inspired countless musicians to try to imitate his distinctive song stylings. Gene Autry, Jimmie Davis, Cliff Carlisle, Red Foley and Stuart Hamblen were only a few of those who did.
With Rodgers' death on May 26, 1933, a series of tribute songs began to unfold. Whether inspired by genuine desire to show respect fo the man who would become known as the 'Father of Country Music', or merely by a desire to cash in on a potential commercial bonanza, or some strange combination of both, the tributes speak eloquently of the man and his music.
Singers like Bradley Kincaid and radio stars Asher and Little Jimmie Sizemore, whose musical debts to Rodgers were minimal, were joined by those like Autry and Dwight Butcher, who were fans and, frankly, Rodgers imitators, in paying their musical respects over the next several years.
Also among them were W. Lee O'Daniels Light Crust Doughboys, with an eloquent vocal by Leon Huff, WLS star Kenneth Houchins, who faithfully captures the Rodgers sound. Even Rodgers' widow and her protege, Ernest Tubb, recorded their own tributes, with several of them written by Rodgers' sister-in-law and longtime song source, Elsie McWilliams.
In May 1953, twenty years after Rodgers' death, Tubb and another Rodgers devotee, Hank Snow, helped establish the Jimmie Rodgers Day celebrations as an annual event in Rodgers' hometown, Meridian, Mississippi. The entertainment for the dinner program at the 1957 celebration was provided by Tubb, Snow, the Wilburn Brothers and Jim Reeves. Collector Eugene Earle captured the evening's entertainment on tape.
Now, another forty years later, it is available, mostly for the first time, together with some of the best of the contemporary tributes to Jimmie Rodgers.
DWIGHT BUTCHER: When Jimmie Rodgers Said Goodbye
GENE AUTRY: The Life Of Jimmie Rodgers; The Death Of Jimmie Rodgers; Good Luck Old Pal ('Til We Meet Bye And Bye); When Jimmie Rodgers Said Goodbye
W. LEE O'DANIEL: Memories Of Jimmie Rodgers
BRADLEY KINCAID: Jimmie Rodgers Life; The Death Of Jimmie Rodgers; Mrs. Jimmie Rodgers Lament
ASHER SIZEMORE & LITTLE JIMMIE: Little Jimmie's Goodbye To Jimmie Rodgers
KENNETH HOUCHINS: When Jimmie Rodgers Said Goodbye; Good Luck Old Pal
BRADLEY KINKAID: The Life Of Jimmie Rodgers; The Death Of Jimmie Rodgers
ERNEST TUBB: The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers; The Passing Of Jimmie Rodgers
MRS. JIMMIE RODGERS: We Miss Him When The Evening Shadows Fall; My Rainbow Trail Keeps Winding On
ERNEST TUBB: The Women Make A Fool Out Of Me
WILBURN BROS: Nothing At All
ERNEST TUBB & WILBURN BROS: Mr. Love
HANK SNOW: Anniversary Blue Yodel
JIM REEVES: Waitin' For A Train