The first of his twelve blue yodels, later refered to as Blue Yodel #1, but probably best known as T For Texas. The numbering of his Blue Yodels was his discoverer Ralph Peer's idea. Yodeling became Jimmie Rodgers' trademark. No one was so imitated while nothing compared with the real thing. Jimmie was the first southern hillbilly who gained popularity throughout the entire United States. They called him 'the Father of Country music' although his career lasted no longer than six years. Discovered during the famous Bristol sessions in 1927 along with the Carter Family, a lucky catch indeed. From day one he recorded a yodel. This gimmick struck America at general store level: people would come buy their usual groceries with the latest Jimmie Rodgers to boot. Depression? What depression? Basic as milk.
Cliff Carlisle [as T For Texas]
Johnny Cash [in top 5 C&W hit Folsom Prison Blues, n°1 C&W in '68; Christophe Vekeman in his Johnny Paycheck biography remarks the almost unmistakable link between the famous line "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die" and this lyric line from T For Texas: I'm gonna buy me a pistol just as long as I am tall, Lord, Lord, I'm gonna shoot poor Thelma just to see her jump and fall]
Memphis Slim [with Willie Dixon and Pete Seeger]
Everly Brothers [as T For Texas]
Waylon Jennings [idem]
Van Morrison [in Foggy Mountain Top]
Lynyrd Skynyrd [as T For Texas]
Molly Hatchet [idem]
Dwight Yoakam [idem]
Sonny Burgess [on The River Of Song]
The line "T for Texas, T for Tennessee" came from Lonnie Johnson's Kansas City Blues, an offshoot of Jim Jackson's Kansas City Blues, one month before Jimmie Rodgers. It also contains this other line from Papa Charlie Jackson's The Faking Blues ('25): "I can get more women than a passenger train can haul", which changed gender since Bessie Smith's version ('24): "I can get more men than a passenger train can haul" in Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down (credited to Spencer Williams).