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Country Music Hall of Fame,
Class of 1961

The inaugural members of the Country Music Hall of Fame were Rodgers (1897-1933), songwriter/producer/music publisher Fred Rose, and singer/songwriter Hank Williams. I’m profiling them, and all subsequent multi-member classes, alphabetically.

About the record: Victor 21142, recorded Nov. 30, 1927, in the Victor Studio in Camden, N.J. Released March 2, 1928.

Jimmie Rodgers’ first record consisted of the two songs recorded in August 1927 at country music’s Big Bang, in Bristol, Va., and sold moderately well. “Blue Yodel,” the A side of his second record, is the song that made the Mississippian a star.

Jimmie Rodgers’ Hall of Fame profile

Next up: Fred Rose