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RODGERS, Jimmie

(b James Frederick Rogers, 18 Sep. '33, Camus WA) Folk/pop singer, no relation to Jimmie Rodgers (above), though perhaps named after him as many boys were in the early '30s. Taught music by his mother, won Arthur Godfrey talent show, signed by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, producers who had left RCA for new Roulette label. 'Honeycomb' ('54 song by Bob Merrill) was no. 1 hit '57, followed by 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' (revival of '51 Weavers hit), 'Oh- Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again', 'Secretly', 'Are You Really Mine', all top ten '57--8; string of lesser hits, on Dot '62-- 6, then A&M for 25 Hot 100 entries altogether. He suffered a serious skull fracture in a mysterious assault late '67; LPs It's Over '66 on Dot, Child Of Clay '68 (title track was last chart entry) and Windmills Of Your Mind '69 on A&M made album chart.