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Rogers, Jimmy (1924-1997) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Rogers, Jimmy (1924-1997)
Variant Name: Lane, James A.; Rogers, James

Historical 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.

Note Author: Wayne Goins

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