1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Jimmie Rodgers (born September 18, 1933)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Honeycomb 1957
Jimmie Rodgers also had hits with Kisses Sweeter Than Wine in 1957 and Oh-Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again and Secretly in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1967 Record Label: Roulette
Jimmie F. Rodgers, the ingratiating fifties singer (not to be confused with the 1920’s legendary father-of-country music, Jimmie Rodgers, the ‘Singing Brakeman’) was an original. Born in Camas, Washington, this vocalist and acoustic guitarist, with a high, sweet voice, recorded hit versions of traditional folk songs with brisk tempos and muted rock arrangements. Taught music by his mother, he learned to play piano and guitar and he formed a band while serving in the US Air Force. Like a number of other entertainers of the era, he was one of the contestants on Arthur Godfrey’s talent show on the radio. Roulette Records became aware of Jimmie Rodger’s talent and signed him. In the summer of 1957, he recorded a song called Honeycomb which had been done by Bob Merrill three years earlier. It was his first big hit, reaching the top of the charts for four weeks. He had his own NBC-TV variety series in 1959, but his career was hampered following a mysterious assault on the San Diego Freeway in 1967 which left him with a fractured skull.