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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

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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],

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