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Jimmy Rogers papers


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Honorary Jimmy Rogers Street Sign

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Jimmy Rogers papers, 1930-2008 | Morse Department of Special Collections

By Wayne Goins

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Collection Overview

Title: Jimmy Rogers papers, 1930-2008Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Rogers, Jimmy (1924-1997)

Extent: 14.0 Boxes

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.

Date Acquired: 03/01/2014

Subjects: Kansas life and culture

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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).

Collection Historical Note

Jimmy Rogers (1924-1997) was a key figure in the history of Chicago blues, the hard-edged musical idiom tinged with mystery and sexual innuendo that was a primary influence on the British rock movement of the 1960's that spawned, among others, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.  Born in Mississippi in 1924, as a teenager, Jimmy played around the South with the major blues figures of the day.  After the World War II in Chicago, he teamed up with Muddy Waters and Littel Water to form the greatest Chicago blues band in history, the original Muddy Waters band.  He also played and recorded with Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and other blues legends, and had several hit records of his own in the 1950's.

Jimmy introduced the electric guitar into Chicago blues, creating the sound that underlies all of rock and roll to this day.  The guitar grooves he devised on the classic Muddy Waters recordings of the 1950's formed the stylistic basis for generations of rock guitarist whose whole approach can be traced directly to his innovations in the 1940's and 1950's.  Icons of today's rock including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards have cited him as a primary influence.

Jimmy Rogers died in December of 1997 and his influence, reflected in the work of those who followed him, will carry on into the next millennium.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Kansas life and culture

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Access Restrictions: No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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 Note: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.

Technical Access Note: Collection contains materials that are not accessible without proper technology.

Acquisition Source: Brand Used Works, Auction House

Acquisition Method: Purchased by K-State Libraries.

Appraisal Information: Acquired because it enhances faculty research and student curriculum.

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Jimmy Rogers Collection, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information: Wayne Goins, professor of music at Kansas State University, processed the collection and curator Tony Crawford reviewed it July 18, 2014.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: 1974-1998, undated],
[Box 2: 1965-1987, undated],
[Box 3: 1974-2008, undated],
[Box 4: 1930-2003, undated],
[Box 5: 1993-1994, undated],
[Box 6: undated],
[Box 7: 1987-1998, undated],
[Box 8: 1996-1997, undated],
[Box 9: Circa 1950s],
[Box 10: 1973-1998, undated],
[Box 11: undated],
[Box 12: undated],
[Box 13: undated],
[Box 14: 1978, 1990-1999],
[Item 1: Honorary Jimmy Rogers Street Sign, undated],

Box 1: 1974-1998, undatedAdd to your cart.

Contracts (AFM Contract, Concerted Efforts, Radai).

Royalty Statements (ARC Music, Shelter Records, BMI Foreign Royalties, Watertoons "Mamie").

Correspondence (Scott Cameron, John Dempsey, John Koenig, Willy Leiser, John Stedman).

AFM pension welfare statement.

Membership to the board of directors of Chicago branch of AFM.

Tours (Memphis W. C. Handy Awards, BB Kings' Club, Little Rock Whitewater, Dallas Blue Catclub, Phoenix Rhythm Room, Long Beach 2nd Street, Hermosa Beach Cafe Boogaloo, San Francisco Biscuits and Blues, Cambridge, Quebec, Tallahassee Sam's Lane, Steve Roberts Cafe Boogaloo, Regina Charboneau's "Biscuit & Blues Fest,"  Sacramento, Portland, Tacoma, British Columbia, Switzerland tour, Germany, Italy, France).

South Magazine, July 1979, article about Mick Jagger joining Jimmy on a jam session.

Some names include Muddy Waters, Dan Hartman's Studio, Left hand Frank, Good Rockin Charles, Aces, Willie Mabon, Koko Taylor, R. L. Burnside, Jimmy Johnson, Big Walter, Lonnie Brooks, David Claytor, Russ Gordon, Saul Davis, Migel Corrigan, Jerry Pillow, Les Herchborn, Blue Rooster Production, Rockin Four Bank, Jimmy Dawkins and Eric Clapton.

Box 2: 1965-1987, undatedAdd to your cart.

Royalty Statements (ARC Music).

Travel Documents (England, Switzerland, Texas, Chicago).

Correspondence (Pete Bitterlin, Dorothy Lane, Paul Brown, Carl Jones).

Photographs of Jimmy Rogers.

Articles ("Blue n' Boogie" by Louis X. Erlanger, "Blues Are the Perfect Combination of Tone, Beat - Rogers," by Harry Tompkin and Diane Givens, "The Blues: Jimmy Rogers," New York Times).

Promotional Flyers (Wellingtons in Chicago, JSP Records Albums).

Song lyrics (Gold Tailed Bird, You're So Sweet, Blues Falling, Lend Me Your Love, Act Like You Love Me, She Drives Me mad, Messenger Man Blues, Crying Over Me, Come Back Home, Back Out in the West, Goos Pond, Warm Baby/Summer Girls, Don't Start Talking to Me, Floating Bridge).

Box 3: 1974-2008, undatedAdd to your cart.

Photographs (Bobby Rush; Jimmy Rogers; Jimmy Rogers with Muddy Waters, James Cotton, and Sonny Boy; Dorothy Lane; Cody Lane; Jimmy Lane Jr.).

Correspondence (Willie Dixons Blues Heaven Blue's Garden, John Tate, Banks Conditt, John Koenig, Angela Lane, Chad Kassem, Scott A. Cameron).

Specific gig details with dates, locations, times, prices, hotels, etc from July 17, 1997, to December 1998.  Jimmy Rogers dies before he could complete all these dates.

Tour Rosters, Backstage passes, business cards, and funeral programs.

Box 4: 1930-2003, undatedAdd to your cart.
This box contains 104 folders of photographs documenting Jimmy Rogers' life and career. Some names of interest in this box are Frank Bandy, Badboy Scotty Bradbury, Lonnie Brooks, Eric Clapton, Frank Craig, Ted Harvey, Big Walter Horton, Robert Johnson, Willie Mabon, Joseph "Pinetop" Perkins, Koko Taylor, and Muddy Waters.
Box 5: 1993-1994, undatedAdd to your cart.
Awards - 1993 Santa Cruz Blues Festival; CBA Muddy Waters Hero of The Blues Award; Traditional Blues Album of the Year for Bluebird; Traditional Blues Album of the Year for Ludella; Traditional Male Artis of the Year for Bluebird; Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame Induction Award; Blues Bank BJ Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award; 1995 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee; “In Loving Memory” plaque from Jackson Funeral Home in Chicago; NARAS Governors Award Chicago Chapter, June 3, 1994; Honorary Jimmy Rogers Boulevard Street sign from Chicago’s South Side.
Box 6: undatedAdd to your cart.
Four harmonicas: in C, G, B, and a large C chromatic harp encased in brown plastic leather skin; flute in black case; Jimmy’s black fedora hat; Jimmy’s long-time classic glasses
Box 7: 1987-1998, undatedAdd to your cart.

Oversize posters, photographs, and newspapers. 

Posters include a promotion for Blues Blues Blues album, blue tinted posters of the Hawaii tour and a Ventura Theatre promotional posters of Legend of Chicago Blues tour concert.

One photograph was taken by Cindy Light in 1988. Other photographs include a photo of Jimmy Rogers with Wildchild Butler, a photo of Jimmy Rogers and Mick Jagger, an autographed photo by Jimmy Rogers of him wearing a black fedora hat.

Newspaper articles include an article of Jimmy Rogers and his performances at Bar G Sharp in Canada; Jimmy Rogers, Ted Harvey and Wilchild Butler at Wellingtons; and a Goldmine magazine with feature articles on Hooker, James, King, Patton, Gordon, Musselwhite, Perkins, and McGriff.

Box 8: 1996-1997, undatedAdd to your cart.

This box contains a 1997 calendar marking the date and time of Jimmy Rogers' death at Holy Cross Hospital.

Honorary Lifetime Member framed award from Blues & Legend Hall of Fame, June 17, 1996.

Two large photographs of Jimmy Rogers performing on stage.

Box 9: Circa 1950sAdd to your cart.
A large color photograph depicting classic Muddy Waters Band members, however, it has been changed to depict each member holding a different Jimmy Rogers album.
Box 10: 1973-1998, undatedAdd to your cart.

Gold Record album given to Jimmy Rogers on November 18, 1990, from 2nd Annual Blues Hall of Fame.

St. George Records vinyl LP of "Chicago Boogie."

Shelter Records LP, "Gold Tailed Bird," 1973

Cover Photographs of Blues Blues Blues, 1998.

Box 11: undatedAdd to your cart.
Huge plastic/vinyl banner that reads "The Junction Presents Jimmy D Lane and Blue Earth Sunday July 9 8 pm".
Box 12: undatedAdd to your cart.
Handmade brown leather bag made by Eomot Rasun.
Box 13: undatedAdd to your cart.

Jacket, Dress, Army, with medals and crests, Jimmy D. Lane Jr.?

Overcoat, Dress, Air Force.

Poster, From the Original Muddy Waters Band, Jimmy Rogers, Bar G Sharp, Blue Tint.

Poster, From the Original Muddy Waters Band, Jimmy Rogers, Bar G Sharp, Purple Tint.

Box 14: 1978, 1990-1999Add to your cart.

Hard copies of Rogers CDs: two copies Bluebird (1994); three copies of Feelin’Good (1994); Chess 50th Anniversary Muddy Waters: His Best (1997); Jimmy Rogers with Ronnie Earl (1991); bootleg copy called “That’s All Right” from Blues Encore Records (1996); two copies Ludella (1990); Jimmy Rogers Complete Chess Recordings (1997); Jimmy D Lane Legacy (1998); I’m Ready Muddy Waters (1978); Chicago Blues At Home, Testament Records, Legendary Blues Artists in Informal Settings (1995); Jimmy Rogers All Stars Blues Band, Blues, Blues, Blues (1999).

14 studio reel-to-reel tapes:

(1) “Jimmy Rogers” Skyhill Publishing tape with eight tracks—Shelby Country Women, Slick Chick, I Lost a Good Woman, Dolcie Belle, Sloopy Drunk (vocal), Sloopy Drunk (instr.), Blues, Backdoor Friend, Lou-Della

(2) “J.A. Lane A.K.A. Jimmy Rogers” Sound Studios tape with five tracks—Broken Heart, Act Like You Love Me, Blues Fallings, Lend Me Your Love, .U.SS.W.S.SIMS.

(3) Black tape reel box, not labeled

(4) Concert Tape (live)

(5) Tape in Audio Magnetics case with an inside label: Doctor [Shufflacon’s?], Willie [Mabon], Jimmy Rogers, KOKO [Taylor], The Aces

(6) Tape from J.D. Harris to Frank Advent Prod. of Chicago

(7-9) Unidentified tape reels (7 in.)

(10) Box lid and empty tape reel (7 in.)

(11) Unidentified tape (3 in.)

(12) Leo W. Bruin tape (5 in.)

(13) Unidentified tape

(14) Empty tape reel

Item 1: Honorary Jimmy Rogers Street Sign, undatedAdd to your cart.
Long brown street sign that reads "Honorary Jimmy Rogers St."

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