Ukulele Corner: Jimmie Rodgers / George Formby Special

Between 1927 and 1933 Jimmie Rodgers was one of the biggest names in American music and had a profound effect on the development of blues and country music. Although he made just 110 recordings before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 35 his influence can be heard from Elvis and Howling Wolf to Lady Gaga and Corey Taylor. All cite Rodgers as a major influence.

He sang about death, trains, TB, broken hearts, "corn fed" mamas and abject poverty with unique guitar runs and a yodel that only Gracie Fields could match.


George Formby, OBE (26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961), born George Hoy Booth, was a British comedy actor, singer-songwriter and comedian. He sang light, comical songs, accompanying himself on the banjo ukulele or banjolele. He was a major star of stage and screen in the 1930s and 1940s.
Formby and Rodgers never met, but if they had it would have sounded a little bit like this..
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Find the songs and strum along, 
Who was the best yodeller? The Gazette team are divided on this issue, with some saying that
Gracie Fields was a better yodeller than Jimmie R. What do you think? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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