On May 26, 1933, the world of country music lost the man who started it all. Jimmie Rodgers, who was honored as the Father of Country Music, died at the age of 35 after years of fighting tuberculosis. He succumbed to pulmonary hemorrhage brought by the disease.
Rodgers’ career reached its peak from 1928 to 1932. With his first release getting the public’s extraordinarily strong response, Victor Records arranged for Rodgers to record again. From this session came the famous classic “Blue Yodel (T for Texas),” his first-ever big hit that endured to this day.
Within months, Rodgers was on his way to national stardom! He played first-run theaters, broadcasted on a regular basis from Washington, D.C., and performed in major Southern cities.