James Charles Rodgers was an American singer-songwriter and musician who rose to popularity in the late 1920s. Regarded as "the Father of Country Music", he is best known for his distinctive rhythmic yodeling. Unusual for a music star, Rodgers rose to prominence based upon his recordings, among country music's earliest, rather than concert performances – which followed to similar public acclaim, he has been cited as an inspiration by many artists and inductees into various halls of fame across both country music and the blues, in which he was a pioneer. Among his other popular nicknames are "The Singing Brakeman" and "The Blue Yodeler". According to tradition, Rodgers' birthplace is listed as Meridian, Mississippi, yet historians who have researched the circumstances of that document, including Nolan Porterfield and Barry Mazor, continue to identify Pine Springs, just north of Meridian, as his genuine birthplace. Rodgers' mother died when he was about six or seven years old, Rodgers, the youngest of three sons, spent the next few years living with various relatives in southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama, near Geiger.
In the 1900 Census for Daleville, Lauderdale County, Jimmie's mother, Eliza Rodgers, was listed as having had seven children, with four of them still living at that date. Jimmie was born sixth of the seven children, he returned home to live with his father, Aaron Rodgers, a maintenance-of-way foreman on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, who had settled with a new wife in Meridian. Rodgers' ancestral origins and heritage are uncertain, though records show his lineage to include some measure of English ancestry. Rodgers' affinity for entertaining came at an early age, the lure of the road was irresistible to him. By age 13, he had twice begun traveling shows, only to be brought home by his father, his father found Rodgers his first job working on the railroad, as a water boy. Here he was further taught to strum by rail workers and hobos; as a water boy, he would have been exposed to the work chants of the African-American railroad workers, known as gandy dancers. A few years he became a brakeman on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, a position held by his oldest brother, promoted to conductor on the line running between Meridian and New Orleans.
In 1924 at age 27, Rodgers was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The disease temporarily ended his railroad career, but at the same time gave him the chance to get back into the entertainment industry, he organized a traveling road show and performed across the southeastern United States until he was forced home after a cyclone destroyed his tent. He returned to railroad work as a brakeman in Miami, but his illness cost him his job, he relocated to Tucson and was employed as a switchman by the Southern Pacific Railroad. He kept the job for less than a year, the Rodgers family settled back in Meridian in early 1927. Rodgers decided to travel to Asheville, North Carolina that same year. On April 18, 1927, at 9:30 pm, Otis Kuykendall performed for the first time on WWNC, Asheville's first radio station. A few months Rodgers recruited a group from Bristol, called the Tenneva Ramblers, secured a weekly slot on the station as "The Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers". In late July 1927, Rodgers' bandmates learned that Ralph Peer, a representative of the Victor Talking Machine Company, was coming to Bristol to hold an audition for local musicians to become known as the Bristol sessions.
Rodgers and the group arrived in Bristol on August 3, 1927, auditioned for Peer in an empty warehouse. Peer agreed to record them the next day; as the band discussed how they would be billed on the record, an argument ensued, the band dissolved, Rodgers arrived at the recording session the next morning alone, or, as stated in an on-camera interview with Claude Grant of the Tenneva Ramblers. Rodgers had taken some guitars on consignment from music shops and sold them, but never paid the stores back; the band broke up in disagreement over it. On Wednesday, August 4, Jimmie Rodgers completed his first session for Victor in Bristol, it lasted from 2:00 pm to 4:20 pm and yielded two songs: "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep, Sleep". For the test recordings, Rodgers received $100; the recordings were released on October 7. In November, determined more than to make it in entertainment, headed to New York City in an effort to arrange another session with Peer. Rodgers requested that Elsie McWilliams, a musician, help him write some songs.
She would become his most frequent "songwriting partner." She wrote nearly 40 songs for Rodgers. Rodgers went to the Victor studios in Camden, New Jersey and recorded four more sides, including "Blue Yodel". Better known as "T for Texas", it featured a yodel Rogers claimed to have learned "after he caught a troupe of Swiss emissaries doing a demonstration at a church." In the next two years this recording sold nearly half a million copies, rocketing Rodgers to stardom. After this he determined when Peer and Victor would record him, sold-out shows whenever and wherever he played. Over the next few years Rodgers stayed busy, he did a movie short for Columbia Pictures, The Singing Brakeman, which today appears on the DVD and VHS compilation "Times Ain't Like They Used To Be: Early Rural & Popular Music From Rare Original Film Masters 1928–35" and on Y
The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts is a reissue of American rock band My Chemical Romance's third studio album The Black Parade. The reissue combines the original album, along with several unreleased demos and live tracks during the recording of The Black Parade, titled Living with Ghosts; the band's previous release was in March 2014 titled May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits 2001–2013, a greatest hits album containing material spanning their entire career, as well as some unreleased material. On July 20, 2016, the band posted on their official Twitter and Facebook pages a video of a flag bearing the then-new "MCRX" icon with the piano intro from "Welcome to the Black Parade", ending with a cryptic date, "9/23/16"; the video was published on the band's YouTube channel with the video titled "MCRX". This led to numerous reports on the band's possible reunion; some noted that the band deleted their break-up announcement from Twitter. The speculation arose from fans, as well as many notable rock musicians, until it was revealed to be a 10th anniversary reissue of The Black Parade with unreleased demos, to be released on September 23: A reunion would not occur until three years later.
We've been touched and blown away by the response to the teaser trailer. We are not touring and there is no reunion planned – only a release for the anniversary of The Black Parade. Thank you so much for continuing to keep MCR in your mind and in your hearts. Two months before its release, an early version of "Welcome to the Black Parade", titled "The Five of Us Are Dying", was made available for streaming and the album was available for pre-order. On My Chemical Romance's official website, the band dedicated the reissue to their late A&R executive Craig Aaronson who died on October 29, 2014, stating: We, the members of MCR, dedicate this release to the memory of Craig Aaronson, our friend, our relentless champion, our A&R man, he was appreciated, he was loved, he will be forever missed. All tracks are written by Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Gerard Way and Mikey Way. My Chemical RomanceBob Bryar – drums, percussion Frank Iero – guitars, backing vocals Ray Toro – guitars, backing vocals Gerard Way – lead vocals Mikey Way – bass guitar
Together Again for the Last Time is an album by saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons recorded in 1973 and released on the Prestige label in 1976. The album was the final recording by the pair, who had a long history of collaboration, prior to the death of Ammons in 1974; the Allmusic review stated "Their similar styles and combative approach made their musical encounters quite exciting and this Prestige LP, their last joint recording, has some strong trade-offs... this is a fine date, recommended to fans of the two tenors". All compositions by Gene Ammons except as indicated "Saxification" - 4:38 "The More I See You" - 10:22 "The Window Pain" - 4:47 "I'll Close My Eyes" - 5:06 "One for Amos" - 4:57 "For All We Know" - 5:52Recorded at C. I. Studios, New York on November 20, 1973, November 21, 1973 and December 10, 1973 Gene Ammons - tenor saxophone Sonny Stitt - tenor saxophone Junior Mance - piano, electric piano Sam Jones - bass Ajaramu J. Shelton, Mickey Roker - drums Warren Smith - percussion