By John Rivers
Musicians have long been playing fiddle music in the
Appalachians for years, but it wasn’t until 1927 in Bristol,
Tennessee that the first recording country music recording
was signed. In this year, Victor Records signed Jimmie Rodgers
and the Carter Family.
Jimmie Rodgers was born in Meridian Mississippi, in 1897.
Originally he worked on the railroads until his ill health got
the better of him and it was only during this time that he
followed his earlier love of entertaining. In 1927 he followed
word that Victor Records were setting up a portable recording
studio and made his way there. He was immediately signed and
continued recording and playing music until he died in 1933.
In 1965 he was one of the very first musicians to be added to
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 along with Hank
and Fred Rose. On the same day as Jimmie Rodgers signed with
Victor Records, so did the Carter Family, who would become one
of the most famous country music bands of all time. They
remained with Victor Records until 1936. Not even divorce
separate the band though and they continued to record with
until 1939. Things started to hit a rough patch at this stage
and despite signing for Universal and eventually Victor
again, the band split in 1941.
It is widely acknowledged that that big day in 1927 was the
introduction of country music to the rest of the country.
Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family were met with huge
critical acclaim and became incredibly popular helping to sell
a great many records. Country music singers and bands of today
will often talk about the Carter Family or Jimmie Rodgers as
being their major influence and with very good reason.
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