Hailed as the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers was
one of the first entertainers to popularise the genre, cutting his
first two sides - one of which was a lullaby, Sleep, Baby, Sleep
- on August 4, 1927. The son of a section foreman on the
Mobile & Ohio Railroad, he became a water carrier to the
black workmen on the railroad before he was fourteen. They
not only introduced Rodgers to their songs but also taught him
how to coax a tune out of a guitar and banjo.