Today in Blues History
One of the biggest influences on today’s blues never claimed to be a blues musician. Instead, he was one of the most popular artists in America, he went by several names including “The Singing Brakeman,” “The Blue Yodeller,” and also “The Father of Country Music.” Jimmie Rodgers was born on this date although the place has been the source of some speculation. Most claim it was Meridian, MS. Rodgers influenced many later blues artists, among them Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, and Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf. Jimmie Rodgers was Wolf's childhood idol. Wolf tried to emulate Rodgers's yodel, but found that his efforts sounded more like a growl or a howl. "I couldn't do no yodelin'," Barry Gifford quoted him as saying in Rolling Stone, "so I turned to howlin'. And it's done me just fine."
Waiting For A Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbzc77Tz6PA