- Ellis Nassour
Rodgers, Jimmie (08 September 1897–26 May 1933), singer and musician, was born James Charles Rodgers in Meridian, Mississippi, the son of Aaron Rodgers, a foreman on the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad, and Eliza Bozeman. His father raised him alone after his mother died in 1901. Rodgers spent his youth in boardinghouses, switch shanties, and freight yards. These circumstances, according to biographer Nolan Porterfield, taught him the essentials that were to mark his life: “The human condition is a tough proposition and music helps lighten the load.”...