Jimmie was born on September 18, 1933 in Camas, Washington. He graduated from Camas High School in 1951 and then completed one year of college, studying engineering.
It was during the Korean War that Jimmie decided to serve his country and joined the United States Air Force. In 1952, Jimmie was stationed in Korea supporting the front lines of the Korean conflict. It was here that Jimmie discovered his singing ability. At night in the barracks, he moved the spirits and souls of his fellow airmen with his singing and guitar playing.
From Korea he was transferred to Sewart AFB in Smyrna, Tennessee, where in the evening he earned pocket money by singing in local clubs and he first learned the song “Honeycomb”. Jimmie took the song, added his unique arrangements, singing style and smoother than silk voice, and made it his song and ultimately, his theme song.
Following his military career he returned to his hometown, Camas, Washington and decided to attempt a singing career. Soon he became a local celebrity, singing in various small clubs for even smaller wages. Washington State was good to him. Not only did it give Jimmie confidence, but it also re-united him to his childhood sweetheart and bride to be,
It was time for Jimmie to reach out for the “brass ring” and attempt to break into the record industry. Jimmie’s first big break came in New York where he auditioned and won a talent contest on the Arthur Godfrey national television show. He sang the song “The Fox and the Goose”. He also cut his first record demo for Roulette Records. The record demo was “Honeycomb” and the rest, as they say, is history. “Honeycomb” went to Number One on the charts and stayed there for seven weeks.
Jimmies career eventually encompassed more than 450 recorded songs (including over 40 top ten hits!), multiple television appearances, his own TV show and 2 motion pictures.
Jimmie’s 2nd marriage was to Trudy Ann Buck (1970-1977). They had two sons, Casey and Logan.
Today Jimmie resides in Southern California with his wife Mary (with whom he has a daughter, Katrine) and lots of Boston Terriers. Jimmie continues to write music, poems and is extensively involved in writing and scoring animated films.
Jimmie penned his autobiography “Dancing On The Moon ” and a screenplay for its motion picture adaptation.
His highly charged emotional autobiography, detailing the savagery of the recording business, his brutal beating by an off-duty Los Angeles policemen and many other answers to “What Ever Happened To Jimmie Rodgers?”!
The screen play is currently being circulated within the film community.