23 Nov Jimmie Rodgers
BMI legend and Meridian native Jimmie Rodgers earned the first Walk of Fame star, unveiled Sunday, February 15, 2009. Esteemed singer, instrumentalist, music historian and BMI songwriter Marty Stuart provided insightful retrospective remarks to honor Rodgers, proclaiming, “All of us who play and sing country music from our hearts stand in his shadow, and those who have gone before us – like Gene Autry, Ernest Tubb – acknowledge him.”
Dubbed the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers was the first performer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961. His distinct yodeling punctuated his original combination of African American blues, Southern story-telling, folk, and jazz, profoundly influencing later generations of American music performers.