`Father of Country Music' gets marker

By Mike McDaniel - bio | email | Twitter

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - The "Father of Country Music" will be the first artist named to the Mississippi Country Music Trail. Jimmie Rodgers will be honored June 1 with the placing of a marker at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Meridian.

Rodgers, known as the "Father of Country Music," recorded more than 120 songs. Born in Meridian on Sept. 8, 1897, Rodgers was also known as the "Singing Brakeman" for his work on the railroad. He made his first recording in 1927.

Rodgers died of tuberculosis at the age of 35 on May 26, 1933 in New York City. He was the first performer elected to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.

Rodgers also has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). He also has been honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Meridian.

Copyright 2010 WDAM. All rights reserved.