Jimmie Logsdon, popular country and rockabilly singer/songwriter and radio/TV personality in the ’50s and ’60s, died Sunday at his daughter’s home in Louisville, Kentucky, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was 79. The cause of his death was not given.
Logsdon toured with Hank Williams in 1952. Following Williams’ death, Logsdon honored his friend and mentor with the double-sided single “The Death of Hank Williams”/”Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More.” Logsdon’s nephew, Ray Lloyd Barrickman, plays bass for Hank Williams Jr.
His singles for Decca, Dot, Starday and Roulette never appeared on the national country charts, but Logsdon’s songs have been recorded by other artists. Carl Perkins recorded “Where the Rio de Rosa Flows,” Johnny Horton cut “No True Love” and NRBQ covered “I’ve Got a Rocket in My Pocket.” Nick Tosches included a chapter on Logsdon in his 1984 book, “Unsung Heroes of Rock ‘N’ Roll.”
Logsdon worked at radio stations in Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati and Mobile, Alabama. In 1953, he began hosting the live TV program “Country & Western Music Show,” on Louisville’s WHAS-TV. He remained fairly active as a performer and as a radio presenter on various stations until around 1976, when he took up a post with the Kentucky Labor Department.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (October 9) at Pearson Funeral Home in Louisville.