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Jimmy Rogers

Rogers in concert Photo: Phil Wight
Background information
Birth name James A. Lane
Born June 3, 1924(1924-06-03)
Ruleville, Mississippi, United States
Died December 19, 1997 (aged 73)
Ruleville, Mississippi
United States
Genres Chicago blues
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1946 - 1997
Labels Chess Records
Associated acts Muddy Waters

Jimmy Rogers (June 3, 1924 – December 19, 1997[1]) was a blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, best known for his work as a member of Muddy Waters' band of the 1950s.[2]



Jimmy Rogers was born James A. Lane in Ruleville, Mississippi, on June 3, 1924, and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee.[3] He adapted the professional surname 'Rogers' from his stepfather's last name.[2] Rogers learned the harmonica alongside his childhood friend Snooky Pryor, and as a teenager took up the guitar and played professionally in East St. Louis, Illinois (where he played with Robert Lockwood, Jr., among others), before moving to Chicago in the mid 1940s.[citation needed] By 1946 he had recorded his first record as a harmonica player and singer for the Harlem record label, run by J. Mayo Williams. Rogers' name did not appear on the record, which was mislabeled as the work of "Memphis Slim and his Houserockers."

In 1947, Rogers joined the band of Muddy Waters, with whom he helped shape the sound of the nascent Chicago Blues style. Rogers made several more sides of his own with small labels in Chicago, but none were released at the time. He began to enjoy success as a solo artist with Chess Records in 1950, scoring a hit with "That's Alright", but he stayed with Waters until 1954.[2] In the mid 1950s he had several successful releases on the Chess label, most notably "Walking By Myself", but as the 1950s drew to a close and interest in the blues waned, he gradually withdrew from the music industry.[2] In the early 1960s he worked as a member of Howling Wolf's band, before quitting the music business altogether for almost a decade. He worked as a taxicab driver and owned a clothing store that burned down in the Chicago riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. He gradually began performing in public again, and in 1971 when fashions made him a reasonable draw in Europe, Rogers began occasionally touring and recording, including a 1977 reunion session with his old bandleader Waters. By 1982, Rogers was again a full-time solo artist.

In 1995 Rogers was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.[4]

He continued touring and recording albums until his death from colon cancer in Chicago in 1997.[1] He was survived by his son, James D. Lane, who is also a guitarist and a record producer and recording engineer for Blue Heaven Studios and the APO Records label.

Selected discography

  • Jimmy Rogers (1984) - (Compilation album of some pre-1960 songs)
  • Ludella (1990)
  • Jimmy Rogers with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters (1991) - Live
  • Sloppy Drunk (1998) - (Compact disc re-issue of original album released in December 1973)
  • Blue Bird (1994) - Analogue Productions Originals
  • Blues Blues Blues (1999)


  1. ^ a b - accessed November 2009
  2. ^ a b c d Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 161. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Harris, S. (1979): Blues Who's Who, New York, Da Capo Press, p. 442
  4. ^ "Blues Foundation :: Inductees". Retrieved 2008-10-27. 

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