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August 23

Jimmie Rodgers Sings About the Reality of War in “The Soldier’s Sweetheart”

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Jimmie Rodgers, also known as the father of country music, has always produced great songs. Some of his notable tracks are the Blue Yodel series, “Waiting for a Train,” and “I’m Lonely and Blue.”

Unfortunately, the singer died at an early age due to tuberculosis. The legacy he left was very significant, as he was known to be the first country music star.

jimmie rodgers, soldiers
via Screengrab from YouTube

Jimmie Rodgers as the Father of Country Music

Jimmie is one of the first country artists to achieve success, thus he’s been called The First Country Superstar. This also made him The Father of Country Music because he pioneered some of the singing styles in Country. When the Country Music Hall of Fame was established, he was one of the first to be inducted. He was also inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame because of his brilliance in writing songs.

Many believed that if Jimmie had a longer life, his influence could have been bigger. More than a hillbilly singer, Rodgers was an innovator and has made great tracks that anyone can relate to. His life might have been short-lived but his impact on country music is long-lasting.

The Sad Truth About the Track

The third one wrote by his captain
My darling dear was dead

The narrator of the song is the soldier’s wife. She laments the loss of her husband during the war and the sad thing about it is the way she found out. She was not even there for him and she only found out about it days, maybe months, after it happened. This is the sad truth that all couples experience when one is working in the military.

The constant worry and long-distance communication can hurt the relationship.  The track gives respect to the ones we lost and the ones who have to live through their pain. If you know someone who is experiencing this, then you may suggest Jimmie Rodgers’ song for them to listen to.

Here is Jimmie Rodgers’ song:


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