Ernest Tubb Jimmie Rodgers Tribute

Ernest Tubb Jimmie Rodgers Tribute on 1978.

Ernest plays In the Jailhouse Now , Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel and Waiting for a Train


Jimmie Rodgers, born in 1897 in Mississippi, was a country singer who became famous for his style of yodeling. Throughout his career, he performed several hit singles, including "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" and "Blue Yodel (T is for Texas)." He later recorded with the legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. He was one of the first country superstars, and is remembered as the Father of Country Music.


In November 1927, Rodgers recorded "Blue Yodel (T is for Texas)." Based on 12-bar blues and featuring a unique yodeling chorus, the song transformed Rodgers into a national star. Over the next five years, Rodgers recorded such country music classics and forerunners of rock and roll as "Waiting for a Train," "Daddy and Home," "In the Jailhouse Now," "My Little Lady" and "Miss the Mississippi and You." However, Rodgers' most popular songs were his 12 different sequels to "Blue Yodel"—"Blue Yodel Nos. 2-13"—all of which were also based on 12-bar blues and featured Rodgers' distinctive yodeling choruses. The most famous of these sequels were "Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)" and "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On the Corner)," both recorded in 1930 —the latter featuring the great jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. In 1929, Rodgers also starred in a movie called The Singing Brakeman.



In The Jailhouse Now Lyrics


He's in the jailhouse now he's in the jailhouse now

I told him once or twice to quit playin' cards and a shootin' dice

He's in the jailhouse now


I had a friend named Rambling Bob who used to steal gamble and rob

He thought he was the smartest guy in town

But I found out last Monday that Bob got locked up Sunday

They've got him in the jailhouse way downtown

He's in the jailhouse now...

[ guitar ]

Now I went out last Tuesday I met a girl named Susie

I told her I was the swellest man around

We started to spend my money then she started to callin' me honey

We took in every honky tonk in town

We're in the jailhouse now we're in the jailhouse now

I've told the judge right to his face we didn't like to see this place

We're in the jailhouse now

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