Jimmie ‘Honeycomb’ Rodgers, ‘Sloop John B,’ and the Beach Boys

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The rear jacket of “Troubled Times,” Jimmie Rodgers’ penultimate studio album dropped with scant fanfare in July 1970 on Herb Alpert’s A&M Records. Armed with a reliable acoustic guitar, Rodgers smiles broadly in spite of a devastating physical assault two and a half years earlier on the San Diego Freeway and a divorce from first wife Colleen McClatchey. Michele Rodgers remembers her dad being photographed inside the bedroom of his old cottage-style Brentwood mansion. The room contained an old desk, which Rodgers used as a songwriting base, as well as circular windows that beckoned to a beautiful garden. It was late and stormy the evening the photo session occurred. Rodgers penned eight of the LP’s 10 songs including the title cut, issued as a non-charting A-side. “Troubled Times” remains unavailable in the streaming world. Photography by Jim McCrary / Artwork by Tom Wilkes / Universal Music Group / Discogs
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Image Credit: The Estate of Jimmie Rodgers / The Columbian
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Both Image Credits: Discogs / Rhino Entertainment
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Left Image Credit: 45Cat user “Louval” / Rhino Entertainment; Right Image Credit: Photography by Alfred Gescheidt / Collectors’ Choice Music

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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