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Wayne County music legend gets historical marker

A Mississippi Country Music Trail marker is unveiled near the birthplace of Wayne County singer Jesse Rodgers Thursday. A Mississippi Country Music Trail marker is unveiled near the birthplace of Wayne County singer Jesse Rodgers Thursday.
WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A Wayne County country music legend and early television pioneer has been honored with a historical marker near his birthplace.

A Mississippi Country Music Trail marker was unveiled Thursday afternoon on Mississippi Highway 63 in the Clara Community for Jesse Rodgers. He was a recording artist, radio host and singing cowboy and was also a first cousin of Jimmie Rodgers, who's known as the father of country music.

Jesse Rodgers released dozens of songs for RCA Victor, Bluebird and other labels over a 30-year career.

He also was an announcer and show host on radio stations in Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia, before starring in some early TV western series.

"These (artists) were born in Mississippi, they learn their talent here in Mississippi and we just need to honor them and make sure that they know that these are our people, they were born here," said Allison Washington, manager of the Music Trails Program for the Mississippi Development Authority. 

"Jesse had some small parts in movies in Hollywood. he had nationally syndicated radio broadcasts," said Jannea Rogers, granddaughter of Jesse Rodgers. "And so, he channeled all mediums during his career, which was a very huge accomplishment in the 30s, 40s and 50s," she said.

Rodgers died from emphysema in Houston, Texas in 1970. His marker is the 23rd on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

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