Jimmy Rogers papers, 1930-2008
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Brief Description:

Jimmy Rogers (1924-1997) was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica players who was born James A. Lane in Rule, Mississippi.  An association of Robert Lockwood, Jr., Muddy Waters and Little Water, Rogers became known for his rhythm guitar and his South Side Chicago sound.

The bulk of the collection consists of photograph albums documenting Jimmy Rogers' later career, circa 1970-1979.  Studio recordings, address books, business cards, mementos, awards and musical instruments are also included.

Some items of interest include typed lyric sheets of "Goos Pond" by Rogers who stated he started writing this work in 1941 at Vance, Mississippi and "Don't Start Me To Talking" by Rogers that is not dated; performance dates, times, costs, hotels, etc. for all dates from July 17, 1997 to December 1998 (Rogers died before he could complete all these dates); and photographs of The Aces, Frank Bandy, Scott Bradbury (Badboy Scotty), Lonnie Brooks, Eric Clapton, Frank Craig (Left Hand Frank), Ted Harvey, Walter Horton (Big Walter), Mick Jagger, Robert Johnson, S. P. Leary, Willie Mabon, McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), Joseph William Perkins (Pinetop), Keith Richards, Willie Lee Smith (Big Eyes) and Cora Anna Walton (Koko Taylor).

Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at] ksu.edu
Created by: Rogers, Jimmy (1924-1997)
Volume: 14.0 Boxes
Acquired: 03/01/2014.
Arrangement: This collection was arranged using More Product Less Process (MPLP) at Box level.   While the collection includes personal business material, photographs, audio materials and artifacts, these items are scattered throughout the 14 boxes that make up the collection.
Biographical Note for Rogers, Jimmy (1924-1997) :

1924 June 3 - James A. Lane born in Ruleville, Mississippi; took the surname of his stepfather, Henry Rogers

Late 1930s early 1940s - Lived in various locations including Atlanta, St. Louis and Memphis

1940s - Moved to Chicago; met wife Dorothy through a friend in 1943

1947 - Rogers, Muddy Waters and Little Walter began playing together; known as the "Headhunters"

1950 - Began recording with Chess Records, issued first single under his own name, "That's All Right"

1955 - Rogers left Muddy Waters

1957 - Appeared on Billboard's R&B charts with his song "Walking by Myself"

1959 - With the emergence of rock and roll, Chess Records became less interested in Rogers and the blues; Rogers decided to put his music career on hold

1960s - Early 1960s, played briefly with Howling Wolf's band before quitting the music business altogether; worked as a taxi cab driver and owned a clothing store that burned down in Chicago riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1970 - Late 1960s, early 1970s, Rogers returned to the blues scene, including tours in Europe where the blues had become very popular

1972 - Recorded Gold Tailed Bird on the Shelter label

1980s - By the early 1980s, Rogers had become a full-time solo artist and band leader playing in major venues in the U. S. and countries around the globe; his son, Jimmy D. Lane joined his band and his daughter, Angela, assisted his manager, Tom Radai.

1991 October 11 - Awarded the W. C. Handy Award from the Blues Foundation for Ludella

1992 - On separate occasions, performed in London with Mick Jaggar and Eric Clapton; the concert with Clapton took place before 100,000 fans in Wembley Soccer Stadium

1995 - Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame; appeared on Conan O'Brien television show

1996 - Won W. C. Handy Award for the Best Male Traditional Blues Artist

1997 December 19 - Died in Chiago from colon cancer

1998 - Last album Blues Blues Blues , released posthumously; it included contributions from Mick Jaggar, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Keith Richards and others.

Access Restrictions: No access restriction: All materials are open for research.
Subject Index
Kansas life and culture
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. K-State does not hold IP rights.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.
Technical Access Notes: Collection contains materials that are not accessible without proper technology.
Acquisition Notes: Brand Used Works, Auction House  Purchased by K-State Libraries.
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date], Jimmy Rogers Collection, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.