Sunday, June 03, 2012

It's The Birthday of Jimmy Rogers

Jimmy Rogers was born on June 3, 1924 and he passed away on December 19, 1997. He was a blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, who was best known as a member of Muddy Waters' band.

According to Wikipedia;

Jimmy Rogers was born James A. Lane in Ruleville, Mississippi, on June 3, 1924, and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. He adapted the professional surname 'Rogers' from his stepfather's last name. Rogers learned the harmonica alongside his childhood friend Snooky Pryor, and as a teenager took up the guitar and played professionally in East St. Louis, Illinois (where he played with Robert Lockwood, Jr., among others), before moving to Chicago in the mid 1940s.[citation needed] By 1946 he had recorded his first record as a harmonica player and singer for the local Harlem record label (not to be confused with the New York based label of the same name), although his name was not including on the label — the record was issued under the names 'Memphis Slim and his Houserockers'.

Rogers joined Muddy Waters the next year, with whom he helped shape the sound of the nascent Chicago Blues style. Although he had several successful releases of his own on Chess Records beginning in 1950 with "That's Alright", he stayed with Waters' until leaving his band for a solo career in 1954.

In 1995 Rogers was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame

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