Jimmie Rodgers– James Frederick Rodgers (September 18, 1933 – January 18, 2021) was an American singer and actor.
Rodgers had a run of hits and mainstream popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. His string of crossover singles ranked highly on the American charts.
Rodgers was taught music by his mother, a piano teacher, and began performing as a child. He learned to play the piano and guitar, and performed locally.
Although he loved music, Jimmie Rodgers was uncertain whether he could turn it into a career. He was subsequently drafted and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. While in the Air Force, Rodgers joined a band called “The Melodies”. During his service, he was transferred to Nashville, where he was stationed from 1954-1956. It was during this time that he began expanding his musical repertoire.
In 1957, he recorded the song “Honeycomb“, which had originally been been written by Bob Merrill and recorded by Georgie Shaw three years earlier. The tune was Rodgers’ biggest hit, staying on the top of the charts for four weeks. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.