Jimmy Rogers papers

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US US kmk P2014.06

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Jimmy Rogers papers


  • 1930-2008 (Creation)


14.00 Boxes

Post-Fire Oversize Boxes:
Box 13 ( 23x31); 509S: 19/3/5
Box 8, 12, 14 (16.5x20.5); 509S: 19/1/4
Box 7, 9 (19x25x1.5); 509S: 19/4/5

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Biographical history

Jimmy Rogers was a famous blues musician, known for his work with Muddy Waters as well as his R&B solo songs. In 1947, Rogers first began playing with Muddy Waters and Little Walter in Chicago, and in 1950, the trio began recording with Chess Records. Rogers first charted as a solo artist on the Billboard R&B charts in 1957 with the single “Walking by Myself.” After the rise of rock and roll, Chess Records placed less emphasis on blues music and Rodgers’s career, so Rodgers briefly left the music business in the early 60s. He returned to the blues scene in the late 60s and toured Europe, where blues music had become particularly popular. A new song, “Gold Tailed Bird,” was released in 1972, and Rogers continued to tour across the U.S. and around the world throughout the 1980s. In 1991, Rogers was awarded the W. C. Handy Award from the Blues Foundation for his song “Ludella.” He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1995, and he received the W. C. Handy Award for Best Male Traditional Blues Artist in 1996. Rogers died in 1997, but his last album, Blues Blues Blues, was released posthumously in 1998 and featured contributions from Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and others.

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Scope and content

Jimmy Rogers (1924-1997) was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica players who was born James A. Lane in Rule, Mississippi.  An association of Robert Lockwood, Jr., Muddy Waters and Little Water, Rogers became known for his rhythm guitar and his South Side Chicago sound.
The bulk of the collection consists of photograph albums documenting Jimmy Rogers' later career, circa 1970-1979.  Studio recordings, address books, business cards, mementos, awards and musical instruments are also included.
Some items of interest include typed lyric sheets of "Goos Pond" by Rogers who stated he started writing this work in 1941 at Vance, Mississippi and "Don't Start Me To Talking" by Rogers that is not dated; performance dates, times, costs, hotels, etc. for all dates from July 17, 1997 to December 1998 (Rogers died before he could complete all these dates); and photographs of The Aces, Frank Bandy, Scott Bradbury (Badboy Scotty), Lonnie Brooks, Eric Clapton, Frank Craig (Left Hand Frank), Ted Harvey, Walter Horton (Big Walter), Mick Jagger, Robert Johnson, S. P. Leary, Willie Mabon, McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), Joseph William Perkins (Pinetop), Keith Richards, Willie Lee Smith (Big Eyes) and Cora Anna Walton (Koko Taylor).

System of arrangement

This collection was arranged using More Product Less Process (MPLP) at Box level.   While the collection includes personal business material, photographs, audio materials and artifacts, these items are scattered throughout the 14 boxes that make up the collection.

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No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. K-State does not hold IP rights.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

It received accession number P2014.06.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Brand Used Works, Auction House
Acqusition Method: Purchased by K-State Libraries.
Acqusition Date: 20140301

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Acquired because it enhances faculty research and student curriculum.


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  • Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Jimmy Rogers Collection, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: Wayne Goins
Processing Info: Wayne Goins, professor of music at Kansas State University, processed the collection and curator Tony Crawford reviewed it July 18, 2014.
Publication Date: 2017-02-15

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  • 5" Flip Top, Legal: Box 1, A83412056479
  • 5" Flip Top, Legal: Box 2, A83412056908
  • 5" Flip Top, Legal: Box 3, A83412056500
  • Box: Box 4,
  • Box: Box 5,
  • Box: Box 6,
  • Box: Oversize Box 7, A83412058243
  • Box: Oversize Box 8, A83412072352
  • Box: Oversize Box 9, A83412153750
  • Box: Box 10,
  • Box: Box 11,
  • Box: Oversize Box 12, A83412054809
  • Box: Oversize Box 13, A83412153598
  • 16x20: Oversize Box 14, A83411848820
  • 5" Flip Top, Letter: Box 15, A83412060517