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Jimmie Logsdon
Born:  April 1, 1922
Died:  October 7, 2001
WCKY Cincinnati, OH
WKLO Louisville, KY
WLRP New Albany, IN
WINN Louisville, KY (1950)
WLOU Louisville, KY (1950)

About The Artist

Jimmie Logsdon was a straight 1950's style country singer who recorded mostly for Decca and King. But in between he also did some quality rockabilly sides under the pseudonym "Jimmie Lloyd."

He also spent several years as a deejay mostly in Kentucky, but worked a year at powerful WCKY in Cincinnati before they abandoned their late-night country format.

Logsdon hailed from the town of Panther, Kentucky. Since his father was a Methodist minister who changed churches every few years, Jimmie grew up in such towns as Bowling Green, Corbin, Olive Hill and Ludlow where he finished high school in 1940.

He later worked in Cincinnati installing P.A. systems and selling appliances until he entered the service in 1944. After the war, Jimmie opened a radio repair shop in LaGrange, Kentucky and began to dabble in music on the side.

Logsdon worked with a group called the Golden Harvest Boys and they had small live programs over two Louisville stations, first WLOU and then WINN. In 1951 they did a single on their own custom Harvest label and opened for Hank Williams at the Louisville Memorial Auditorium.

This led to either Hank or songwriter Vic McAlpin helping him secure a contract with Decca and he had his first session on October 8, 1952. Many of Jimmie's songs generally fell into a Hank Williams style and by the time of his session on January 25, he did a pair of tribute numbers, his own "Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More" and a cover of Jack Cardwell's "The Death of Hank Williams." In all, he had sixteen sides released on Decca.

Promo Ad - Jimmie Logsdon - Fontaine Ferry Park - 1958 Promo Ad - Jimmie Logsdon - Fontaine Ferry Park - 1959

In February of 1953, Billboard included a list of the tribute recordings to Hank Williams. Here are the other tribute records:

  • The Death of Hank Williams - Jack Cardwell (King 1172)
  • Hank Williams Will Live Forever - Johnnie and Jack (RCA Victor 20-5164)
  • In Memory Of Hank Williams - Arthur Smith (MGM 11433)
  • The Life Of Hank Williams - Hawkshaw Hawkins (King 1174)
  • That Heaven Bound Train - Johnny Ryon (Rion) (Coral 60148)
  • Tribute To Hank Williams - Joe Rumore (Republic 100)

In March of 1953, Billboard told readers that Jimmie had left WINN for radio station WLRP in New Albany, IN. In addition he had a half-hour television show on WHAS-TV that featured Jimmie's sister Martha along with the Golden Harvest Boys.

In October of 1953, Jimmie had moved to radio station WKYW.

Jimmie Logsdon - Portrait Jimmie Logsdon - Cowboy Songs Cover - Sep-Oct 1954

In the meantime he moved to larger WKLO, working mostly as a deejay and playing clubs at night and more distant locales on weekends. When his Decca contract elapsed he went with Dot, followed by Starday, and then Roulette where he did four quality rockabilly numbers under the pseudonym "Jimmie Lloyd." While they made little impact at the time, especially "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket" is considered a classic of the genre today.

In May of 1955, Jimmie signed a one year contract with radio station WHLO in Louisville. That Billboard blurb told readers that Jimmie's group, the Golden Harvest Boys, then included Howard Whited, lead guitar; Clyde Coffey, steel guitar; Lonnie Pierce, fiddle and Clarence Morris on bass.

Promo Ad - Jimmie Logsdon - Fontaine Ferry Park - 1958 Promo Ad - Jimmie Logsdon - Fontaine Ferry Park - 1959

Promo Ad - Jimmie Logsdon - Fontaine Ferry Park - 1958 Logsdon did not record again until the spring of 1963 when he did an album for King, Howdy Neighbor, which was also his familiar intro as a deejay. In May of 1962, he replaced legendary night-time host Wayne Raney on 50,000 watt WCKY. This fabled station's night time show played hard country and bluegrass and was equally famous for long commercials and another noted record spinner Nelson King. The best known King numbers were likely the sentimental "Mother's Flower Garden" and a country cover of the bluegrass classic "I Know You're Married but I Love You Still."

After WCKY changed their format in 1964, Jimmie went back to doing deejay work on smaller stations until 1973. After that he worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky until he retired.

He did a final album in 1981 for Rusty York's Jewel Records. One might add that during the days when he kept a band, his fiddler Lonnie Peerce went on to found the Bluegrass Alliance, a band that was in the vanguard of the "newgrass" style and started Vince Gill on his musical journey.

Jimmie wrote or co-wrote many tunes. Here is what research to date shows:

  • A Beggar For Your Love (1953) co-writers: Neal Burris; Carl Shook
  • That's When I'll Love You The Best (1953)
  • I Wanna Be Mama'd (1953)
  • My Sweet French Baby (1954)
  • The Love You Gave To Me (1954)
  • Midnight Boogie (1954)
  • As Long As We're Together (1954) co-writer: William J. Johnson
  • Where The Rio De Rosa Flows (1958) co-writer: Vic McAlpin
  • (We've Reached) The Beginning Of The End (1958) co-writer: Lee Mings

As for Jimmie Logsdon, in 2001 he passed away at age seventy-nine.

He was married to Mary Gertrude (Cissell) Logsdon. She was born October 15, 1925 and passed away on July 4, 2001.

His sister Martha, mentioned above, Martha Jean (Logsdon) Toombs was born November 30, 1926; she passed away on November 7, 1993.

Jimmie Logsdon - Biographical Sketch - 1953

Credits & Sources

  • Hillbilly-Music.com would like to express its thanks to Ivan M. Tribe, author of Mountaineer Jamboree — Country Music in West Virginia and other books that can be found on Amazon.com and numerous articles in other publications for providing us with information about this artist.
  • Folk Talent and Tunes; Johnny Sippel; Novemer 15, 1952; The Billboard; Cincinnati, OH
  • Folk Talent and Tunes; November 15, 1952; The Billboard; Cincinnati, OH
  • Many Tributes To H. Williams; February 7, 1953; The Billboard; Cincinnati, OH
  • Vox Jox; October 3, 1953; The Billboard; Cincinnati, OH
  • Folk Talent and Tunes; May 28, 1955; The Billboard; Cincinnati, OH
  • Portions of Discography Listing courtesy of Hillbilly Reasearcher Team; Tricker, Turner and Sax

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Clark Country Record Co.
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1031 A Trouble In Mind
  1031 B Git It, Git It, Git It
 
Columbia
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  15219 A Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
  15219 B Are You From Dixie?
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  28502 A I Wanna Be Mama'd
  28502 B That's When I Love You The Best
  28584 A The Death Of Hank Williams
  28584 B Hank Williams Sings The Blues
  28726 A The Love You Gave To Me
  28726 B As Long As We're Together
  28864 A Let's Have A Happy Time
  28864 B Where The Old Red River Flows
  28913 A Papaya Mama
  28913 B In The Mission Of St. Augustine
  29075 A Midnight Boogie
  29075 B Good Deal Lucille
  29122 A These Lonesome Blues
  29122 B My Sweet French Baby
  29337 A I'm Goin' Back To Tennessee
  29337 B You Ain't Nothing But The Blues
 
Dot
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1274 A Midnight Blues
  1274 B Cold Cold Rain
 
Harvest
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  401 A It's All Over (But The Shouting)
  401 B Road Of Regret
 
Jimmie Logsdon Sings
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1001 A It's Different Now
  1001 A Precious Memories
  1001 A The Great Judgement Morning
  1001 B Supper Time
  1001 B I've Stepped Out Of Darkness
  1001 B When They Ring Them Golden Bells
  1002 A Letter Edged In Black
  1002 A Take My Hand Precious Lord
  1002 A Life Is Like A Mountain Railway
  1002 B Death Of Kathy Fiscus
  1002 B When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels
  1002 B Old Time Religion
  1003 A Hank Williams Sings The Blues No More
  1003 A Silver Haired Daddy
  1003 A That's When I Love You The Best
  1003 B As Long As We're Together
  1003 B Death of Hank Williams
  1003 B Blue Moon Of Kentucky
  1004 A The Beginning Of The End
  1004 A Folsome Prison Blues
  1004 A It Just Don't Matter Now
  1004 B Midnight Blues
  1004 B Good Deal Lucille
  1004 B Where The Old Red River Flows
 
King
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5748 A Mother's Flower Garden
  5748 A I Know You're Married
  5748 B I Know You're Married But I Love You Still
  5748 B Mother's Flower Garden
  5752 A Life Of Hank Williams - Part 1
  5752 B Life Of Hank Williams - Part 2
  5827 A Making Believe
  5827 B I Guess I've Let You Down
  5846 A Daddy Don't Go
  5846 B The Loneliest Guy In Town
  5872 A I've Got Over You
  5872 B I Have To Laugh
 
Rem
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  45-EP-501 A Are You Walking And Talking With The Lord
  45-EP-501 A I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
  45-EP-501 A Leave It There
  45-EP-501 B My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
  45-EP-501 B Mansion On The Hill
  45-EP-501 B Cold, Cold Heart
 
Roulette
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4062 A I Got A Rocket In My Pocket
  4062 B You're Gone Baby
  7001 A (We've Reached) The Beginning Of The End
  7001 B Where The Rio De Rosa Flows
 
Starday
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  286 A Can't Make Up My Mind
  286 B No Longer


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