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Jimmie F. Rodgers was an early rock and roll star who had a No. 1 hit in 1957 with “Honeycomb.”

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Published in New Canaan Advertiser on Jan. 20, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
My mother and I loved Jimmie’s voice. Our favourite song was English Country Garden. I saw him in concert in Richmond, B.C. with some friends years ago. He was amazing. My condolences to the family

Lynette
Lynette Garstang
February 21, 2021
My mother and I fell in love with Jimmy when I was 15 as he looked so much like my youngest brother who was in the Navy during the Korean war at that time. I had all of his records and was one his many fans. When I married my husband, kids and I moved to L.A. and we watched his show a few nights until he was injured and prayed for he and his family. Our kids grew up listening to his music and two of our favorite songs were "Waltzing Matilda" along with "An English Country Garden". We played his records for the grandkids and their children too. His music brings back wonderful memories and I can't wait to get to heaven and hear him in person along with many other singers who are there. R. I. P. Jimmy. I am so glad that I can still play your music. God's comfort to his family and friends!
Margaret Bare
February 19, 2021
I was born in Vancouver wa 13 miles west of camas wa My parents took me to see Jimmie play one evening at Hudson Bay hi school in Vancouver wa. I was about five years - in 1957. All the kids sat on the floor cross legged - I still remember it - it was magic. My sincerest sympathies
Friend
February 13, 2021
We met Jimmie and his lovely wife at their Palm Desert Library presentation about 10 or so years ago. We had been enjoying his music since "Honeycomb" in 57'. We only now realized they were still fellow Palm Desert residents. God bless one of our own and family.
Vern & Peggy Baumgardner
Neighbor
February 1, 2021
I grew up with my parents listening to Jimmie Rodgers in the car. Dad recorded Jimmie’s show in Sydney,Australia in 1985 and on his show he sang “the flying saucer” song with his friend Bob, Us, kids loved it. Even today we still love it. A rare song and gee, what a talent!!
My mum loved his song “poor little raggedy Anne”. We used to also sing along to “ Woman from Liberia” and we used to all sing “Water” as well.
We also love to play his Christmas songs including “Wistful Willie” and “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus” were our favourites.
So many songs, he has left us. What a singer, what a voice!! Thankyou for the signed guitar, made my dad’s journey a lot brighter.
Jim, you live through your music and bring life to people through your songs.
My dad, learnt the guitar because of you and now be play’s “some place green”.
Our thoughts of sympathy to the Rodgers family.
‘True loves a blessing’
Thankyou Jimmie Rodgers!!!
Your fan from Sydney, Australia
Roxy Watkinson
January 31, 2021
Dearest Mary and Family,
I send you my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to you. Jimmie Rodgers will be missed by all who loved him.

Thank you, Mr. Rodgers for sharing your musical talents with people worldwide. I was a young child when “Honeycomb” and “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” were released. Both of those songs were beautiful and I still remember them now. They were both top hits.

May your treasured memories provide comfort for you. May prayers strengthen you and God’s loyal love always comfort and sustain you. Psalm 23
January 28, 2021
I liked his songs, especially "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" when I was a young girl.
Kathleen Brzezinski
January 28, 2021
I would like to say that I grew up on Jimmy Rodgers music. Not on Honeycomb, but Oh Oh I’m Falling In Love Again and especially the beautiful The Long Hot Summer which he sang for the movie that starred PAUL Newman and I was lucky enough to record on my own CD. He did such a beautiful job on that song making it so haunting. This is a sad day for me as a musician who was lucky enough to also see Jimmie perform. I pray he rests in peace and to be able to play with all those who have gone before.
Jimmie you will be missed!
Sally Broadhurst
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
My Dad, Gary Blankenship, always spoke very fondly of his friend, Jimmy Rogers. When Dad passed I called Mr. Rogers to let him know. He was very nice and was sad to hear that Dad was gone. I have pictures of Dad's musician friends from back in the day. I think I have one with Mr. Rogers in it. It makes me smile. I pray for God to ease your pain at this hard time.
Garrie (Blankenship) Childress
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
My condolences.
January 25, 2021
Love your songs
Marvin Watkins
January 25, 2021
Your voice will be remebered.
Stephanie Schell
January 25, 2021
Remember hearing his songs on the radio over the years.
Stephanie D Schell
January 25, 2021
My parents had a record of his that was folksongs, including The Crocodile Song and Waltzing Matilda. I grew up listening to that album and thoroughly loved it. Later, I discovered Honeycomb and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine and bought his Greatest Hits album. He was a great singer. My condolences to his family.
Lisa Whitfield
January 25, 2021
My condolences go out to the family of Jimmie Rodgers. He will be missed in the entertainment world.
Roy T.
January 25, 2021
To this day, I still hear the smooth gentle voice of an entertainer that always brought such wonderful soothing songs and music. Jimmy was an outstanding man of music and gave great pleasure to those of us back in the day. Our condolences to Jimmy's family. Rest in peace.
Jack Diaz
Friend
January 25, 2021
To me Jimmie was one of the best singers in the world, in his best moments even better than Elvis. I am a danish priest and I will make a ceremony for Jimmie in memorium when times are better.
Sren E Jensen
Friend
January 24, 2021
Fond memories from Ron and Sherrill William's in Branson.
Ron Williams
Friend
January 24, 2021
I am very sorry that the Rodgers family has lost this great and important man. I will always remember his lovely voice, with so much quality and feeling layered over it. I saw him in concert many times, and met him a few times. He was an unbelievable talent and I would rank him in the top 5 singers that have ever lived. I'm thinking that his song "I'll say Goodbye" is the most fitting farewell that should be played right now.
Kevin Brett
Acquaintance
January 24, 2021
We met Jimmy in Branson In around 2000 after his show we had a great conversation with him . I found out that we had both worked at the same club in the town where we lived. He was very personable, easy to talk to, so I knew of a disc jockey in our town who did half hour interviews with many entertainers, so I asked him if he would like to do one . He said sure so we got it set up. The Detroit area DJ was thrilled that he could get to interview him. I was always a fan and glad to have met him. My wife and I will remember him forever.
Ron Drouillard
Friend
January 24, 2021
R.I.P. ROCK ON JIMMY
Cheryl Conn
Significant_other
January 24, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 24, 2021
What a great singing voice this man had..Rest in peace Jimmie....
Jim Pontillo
January 24, 2021
Another sad loss! Sincere condolences to his family! All my favourite songs came flooding in to mind. I will have to pull out my old records and pop them on to the turntable.
Juanita
January 23, 2021
RIP Jimmy! You were an Awesome singer! Honeycomb was a great song! Thank you so much for your music! My condolences to his family..
Lynn Gatt
January 23, 2021
This is indeed sad news as I've been a fan of Jimmie Rodgers since 1957 and have my share of his recordings. I've always said that Jimmie Rodgers' first recording of "WALTZING MATILDA" (from his first LP album), is by far the best version of this famous Australian folk tune and is my favorite Jimmie Rodgers recording. I feel fortunate to have been blessed by his wonderful voice and music for the last 64 years.
Robert Hover
January 23, 2021
Rest in peace you are remembered.
January 23, 2021
I was a fan of his; never had occasion to meet him or see him in concert, but I loved his voice. When I was on active duty with the Navy, back in 1969 - 1971, I had an LP by him ("Windmills Of Your Mind") that I bought in the Navy Exchange at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, where I was stationed, & I listened to it often. Two of my favorite cuts on the album are "Windows Of The World" and "Me About You". I still have the LP all these years later, and it's in good condition. My FAVORITE song by him will always be "It's Over". My condolences to his family.
Jim Pierce/OKC, Oklahoma
January 23, 2021
Fans since 1957! Deeply saddened. Love ya!
Barbara H
January 23, 2021
RIP, always enjoyed your music and still do.
ROSE SMITH
January 23, 2021
He had a voice as smooth as Tennessee Whiskey. Grew up listening to him in fact I have several album.He will missed
Beverly Kopp
January 23, 2021
I was 14 when Honeycomb came out and began years of listening to and admiring Jimmy Rodgers. Rest in peace
Carol Porter
January 23, 2021
I love this man's music for over 50 yrs and I enjoyed the latest interview he had with Don K Reed. You will be missed.
Joe D.
January 23, 2021
R I P loved those old tunes and still do.
Harold Detoro
January 23, 2021
Jimmy was one of my favorite singers of the 50's. Condolences to his family.
Barbara Lotsberg
January 23, 2021
I loved his voice and whenever I needed a pick me up, I always listened to Jimmie Rodgers. As a child, I always loved "Honeycomb". My deepest condolences to his family and he will live on in our hearts.
carol wells
January 23, 2021
Sincere sympathies to the Rodgers family, may God be with in your time of loss.
January 23, 2021
Condolences. Thoughts and prayers to Jimmie F. Rodgers family and friends. God heals all wounds and comforts this who mourn.
January 23, 2021
My Dad counted "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" as one of his favorite songs of all time. I had just remembered his passing 24 years ago the week before Jimmie passed. I still remember recognizing his lyrics in the voice of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant ("Dazed and Confused", on "The Song Remains The Same" Film Soundtrack) and chuckling to myself at how far his influence had reached. The generations will remember him as a unique voice in early rock n' roll. My heartfelt sympathies to his family.
Jimmy Arnold
January 23, 2021
We got to see him in Branson several years ago. Glad we got to meet him.
Don Brooks
Friend
January 22, 2021
RIP Jimmy, I sure enjoyed your music. You will be missed my friend..
Jack Yandell
Friend
January 22, 2021
I remember the song honeycomb I listened to all the oldies songs when I was young with my mother I know them all by heart. Love the song honeycomb prayers for Roger & family and friends
Cheryl Bullard
January 22, 2021
Grew up singing his songs. R I P
Bonnie
January 22, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear loved one Jimmie Rodgers.
JE Sowell
January 22, 2021
My great grandma used to babysit Jimmie when he was young. He was pretty close to my grandma. I remember the first time I met him I was probably about 7. He came into the laundromat in Camas because he saw my mom thru the window. He came in and gave her a big hug. My parents took my grandma to see him while he was performing in Branson. He saw her and just smiled real big.

I am so sorry for your loss. He was always so great to everyone I our family when we would see him
Sherri Parrack
Acquaintance
January 22, 2021
Jimmie was a neighbor of mine for over 10 years and I spent enough time around him to see what a hard working person he was and how talented. Played a multitude of instruments by ear. He will be missed greatly.
Jerry Maness
Friend
January 22, 2021
When I was a teenager, I had such a crush on Jimmie Rodgers. Still have his album, and noted that Glenn Campbell played the guitar on some of the songs. Jimmie's "It's Over" helped me through a difficult breakup, many years ago. I'll always be grateful for his music and his life. He was a true blessing to this old Earth. Rest in peace, Jimmie. I am nearing your age, but my memories of you will never be forgotten. Am only sorry I never got to attend your performances in person.
Anita Bowles
January 22, 2021
Jimmie's music has been such a blessing for me through good and bad times. RIP dear Jimmie. My condolences to your family, friends and fans all over the world. Thank you for being such a big part of the musical soundtrack of my life.
Mark Schierbecker
January 22, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. I met your father once and he was very gracious.
Kim Burton
Friend
January 22, 2021
Jimmie songs and music was great
My most sincere condolences.
Mark Aulenbacher
Acquaintance
January 22, 2021
I am so sorry about the loss of Jimmie. He left a legacy! The Rodgers family has my deepest condolences. As the days, weeks and months pass during this difficult time, may you continue to be surrounded and comforted with the love and support that is needed, by fond memories, and by knowing that Jimmie is safe in the memory of Almighty God.
Jenee
January 22, 2021
My condolences to his friends and family who is incredible singer animated history is community leader incredible Talent May you rest in peace
David P Call
Coworker
January 22, 2021
To the Rodgers family I send sincere condolences. I sang along with Jimmie to Honeycomb and his fans will miss him. May God comfort you at this difficult time.
Mary
Neighbor
January 22, 2021
Godspeed Jimmie, and thank you for sharing a part of your life us, the wonderful music memories, and some of the anthems of my youth, and beyond.
Harry Simpson
January 22, 2021
Loved his music. Secretly was one of my favorites. RIP.
Patricia Esposito
January 22, 2021
we play Honeycomb at every wedding where my dad dances with his granddaughters
January 22, 2021
Another Piece Of Pleasant Childhood Memories, Fades Away.... God Bless You Jimmie Rodgers. May He Show You Comfort And Peace. God Bless The Rodgers Family. Jimmie Was A Defining Voice Of American Musical History. A Defining Voice Of A More Innocent, And More Pleasant Era. I Remember Hearing Your Songs On My Grandmas Radio, When I Was A Little Boy, And Have Never Forgotten Them. RIP Mark
Mark Bush
Friend
January 22, 2021
Rip love your songs
Linda
January 22, 2021
Loved his singing. So proud to have played drums for him years ago in Tampa. He was a gracious, approachable, talented man. A rarity. May God grant peace and comfort to his loved ones.
Paol Cooper
Acquaintance
January 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Rodgers family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD
January 22, 2021
RIP. I will always remember your voice singing Honeycomb. Godspeed Jim.
bill pentangelo
Friend
January 22, 2021
I remember all of his songs,, he was fantastic.
Pamela Young
January 22, 2021
What a very talented guy! As an 8 yr old, I thought he was so cute and quite a talented musician. He was so soften spoken and seemed to be a really nice guy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice and musical talents with us. May you rest in eternal peace.
Jean Brown
Acquaintance
January 21, 2021
The family has my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr Rogers was a special artist for that time period.
January 21, 2021
My father #JimmieRodgers was an incredible man in every respect. He was kind to everyone he’d meet and always giving of himself to anyone or cause in need of his time or talents.

A vocalist without compare and a writer of some of the finest songs in the American songbook. In his later years he focused his creative energies on scripted animation features, a biography, poetry and short stories.

His passion for creating quality music and prose never left him. He was loved by millions of people throughout the world and as his oldest son his impact on my personal and creative life is immense. His legacy will live on forever.

I love you dad. I will miss you and my life without you will never be the same.

Rest In Peace.

Michael Rodgers
Michael Rodgers
Family
January 21, 2021
Scott Chamberland
January 21, 2021
May the comfort and peace of God carry you through your grief.
January 21, 2021
Jimmy Rodgers is my top all time favorite singer (ok maybe second to Jim Reeves!!!) but an awesome voice! Honeycombn Loved that song and all others.
joe remondini
Friend
January 21, 2021
My sister was a big fan. When she died in October 2018 she was in a semi coma. I visit her for the last time before she passed away and when I was there I played the song Jimmy Rogers sing honeycomb. I couldn't believe she reacted and trying to sing along. Rest in peace say hello to my sister Pat
David Pencak
January 21, 2021
Jimmie was a forerunner to Glenn Campbell and John Denver. Saw him at Lookout House in Kentucky, 1970. He noticed I knew all the words. So much talent cut short. Glad he pulled himself up again.
Bobbie DeRosa
January 21, 2021
His lyrical voice told stories without screaming or dancing; you heard his talent which never wavered. My favorite was "It's Over" due to its incredible poetry and touching sadness. An incredible artist that never was fully acknowledged for his talent. My heart does not want to admit "It's Over." We will always remember you.
Linda Fifer
January 21, 2021
May you RIP!!!!
Lavon Mackey
Student
January 21, 2021
I grew up in Camas, Washington, the hometown of Jimmie Rodgers. My parents, Wes and Doris Armstrong, knew Jimmie and his brother Archie. While a youngster, I recall vividly the handmade wooden sign made by Jimmie's father that hung over the front porch of the simple Rodgers home in Forest Home, which read "Honeycomb." Jimmie's parents are buried in the Camas Cemetery, and their headstone is located very close by to where my grandparents are also buried. A few years ago, I
travelled from California to Camas to attend a book-signing event for Jimmie at a shop in downtown Camas. My father, brother, sister and sister-in-law were also in attendance and we had our picture taken with Jimmie while he autographed the books we purchased. I asked him at the time about that wooden "Honeycomb" sign, and he informed us that he had it at his home in Palm Springs. Later that evening, we were pleased to sit in the front row of a local church downtown where Jimmie performed a concert. When my mother passed away in 2010, "Honeycomb" was played at her funeral in Camas. When my father goes, it will be played at his, and it is one of the musical numbers that I have indicated I want played at my memorial service when the time comes.

A couple of years ago, I recall reading an interview with Bob Dylan that appeared in the AARP Magazine. In it, Dylan complimented Jimmie for being an artist who "could do it all" when it came to signing. That is high praise coming from one of music's living legends.

Thank you, Jimmie, for the gift of music that you gave to so many people all over the world. May God bless and comfort your family during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Thom M. Armstrong
Claremont, California
Thom M. Armstrong
Acquaintance
January 21, 2021
What an awesome voice and wonderful personality to with it. After 42 years of being a fan of Jimmie's I was honored to meet him in Branson. He had been alerted to my presence after I told the ticket agent my story. He asked me questions and sang several songs to me. I'm sure others had similar experiences but have have to say he was so wonderful to me that evening and that memory will never die nor can it be taken from me. God Bless the wonderful family he had and to Jimmie, Rest In Peace and Thank You for all the joy you have given others.
Sharron Rodgers
Friend
January 21, 2021
What an incredible musician he was. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
January 21, 2021
What a marvelous voice he had! Some of my earliest musical memories are of him. Rest in peace, sir.
Shaune Scott
January 21, 2021
Sorry to hear of Jimmy Rodgers passing.He was a good singer.I love listening to "Honeycomb" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine".My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Deborah Khazali
January 21, 2021
Been listening to his music since the 50's. Condolences to his family.
Elliot Baker
January 21, 2021
Been a fan of his for so long. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, Honeycomb, and Uh-Oh I’m Falling in Love Again are just three of my favorites that I play regularly. He was cute too and always seemed so sweet and friendly. Just watched the interview with him discussing his vocal problems and how he’d give out his number so he could help people with the same trouble. What a classy guy! My condolences to his loved ones.
Bobbi Manuel
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
I still can sing along when I hear his music. RIP Jimmie.
Rod Greenfield
January 20, 2021
So sorry to hear about the passing of Jimmie. My condolences to your whole family. I'll never forget the day you welcomed me in your home Christmas Eve 1981. I enjoyed spending the day with your whole family. May you rest in peace.
Judie Carnes
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
My condolences to the family I still play his hit Honeycomb on 45
January 20, 2021
Sorry to hear of Jimmie Rodger’s passing. I liked his recordings. He had an outstanding voice and appeared to be a true gentleman. I’m pleased he lived a long (and hopefully happy) life. Condolences to his family and friends.
Rob Troutman
January 20, 2021
Linda Tracy
January 20, 2021
I grew up loving his ballads. RIP Jimmie.
Joe Rowe
January 20, 2021
Jimmie was an inspiration. He was a gentleman - a lovely gentle man - a true troubadour who captured wonderful stories in song. Jimmie was one of my musical heroes since the mid 1950s. My collection of LPs and CDs is a treasure trove of one of the finest voices ever to grace a recording studio. I have lost a musical friend. May he rest in peace, wrapped in a cloud of beautiful melodies sung by a choir of angels. I can hear hear him singing "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" with them. With love, I send my condolences to his devoted wife, Mary, and to the members of his family. Thank you, Jimmie, for what you have left behind. Sadly, old friend, "It's Over" and the world will miss you.
Warren Targett
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
Kent & Carol Sivadge
January 20, 2021
One of the nicest men we have ever met.His style of music brought us happiness and hope.Truly one of the greatest singers that God gave us.As we look at how things are today Jim had a prophetic song .TheWORLD I USED TO KNOW.What a blessing to know him.We love you Jimmie Rodgers.What a sad day for the music world.Sending our thoughts of sadness and love to Rodgers family.
We again get a message of strength and hope from Jim’s songs with
Just a closer walk with Thee. From your friends in Australia Dawn,Allan and family.
Allan Watkinson
Friend
January 20, 2021
"Secretly" was my favorite song growing up. I send my sincere condolences to his family. May God bless you and give you peace strength during this sad time. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Patricia Richardson
January 20, 2021
I grew up in Camas WA where Jimmie was born. I took piano lessons from his mom Mary. My mom and dad were best of friends with all the Rodgers. Jimmie's brother Archie and his family were our next door neighbors around 1961. Bob and Lee Rodgers were our neighbors before that on Utah Street when we first moved to Camas. My mom and Lee were best friends until their deaths. I graduated from high school with Jimmie's nephew Don Rodgers. I had the chance to meet up with Jimmie in 2018 when he came to Camas for his street dedication. We had lunch together and talked about many fun memories from the past. I was so sad to hear of his passing. The world lost a great talent. A great singer!
Dave Raynor
Friend
January 20, 2021
He came to Yuma For AWC Student Body and did concert at Post.. Rick Rainbolt and I were there. The night before we had a Dinner at Stardust with him and AWC guests and Student body leaders. He was such a pleasant person. A down to earth manner. He signed many autographs that night at stardust. The Post theater was full.. RIP my friend.
john stewart
Friend
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